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Here’s a preview of this weekend’s La Liga matches available on US TV and Internet.
All times Eastern.
Friday Nov 8
Friday’s game in Pamplona is a basement battle between two sides struggling to make an impact. Almeria have won their last two games after failing to win any of the previous 10, while Osasuna were hammered 5-0 by fellow Basques Real Sociedad last weekend.
An Andalucian derby at Los Carmenes sees a resurgent Granada side face Bernd Schuster’s Malaga. El Grana sit in 11th spot in the table, just one place and a point ahead of their opponents. Both sides snatched last-minute victories last weekend, Granada winning 1-0 at Levante and Malaga edging Betis by the odd goal in five.
Saturday Nov 9
Carlo Ancelotti will be looking for a more consistent performance than the one that saw his men struggle to hold on to a 3-2 lead against Rayo Vallecano last weekend as his side take on Real Sociedad at the Santiago Bernebeu. La Real will be looking to bounce back after another poor display in the Champions League while Los Blancos will be without defender Sergio Ramos, who is suspended after picking up five yellow cards.
Getafe coach Luis Garcia admitted his players were ‘tired’ after defeat against Valencia, their third game in seven days. He will be hoping for a response, however, when Getafe take on Elche at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez. Elche coach Fran Escriba has also urged his men to bounce back after their last minute defeat against Villarreal last Monday.
Athletic Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde conceded that his side were well beaten by in-form Atletico Madrid last time out and will have their work cut out against a resolute Levante when the sides meet at San Mames. Athletic defender Erik Moran is suspended after his red card against Atleti. Meanwhile, coach Joaquin Caparros was equally frustrated at Levante’s inability to take their chances Sunday’s defeat against Granada.
Celta Vigo are up to 15th in La Liga after their win at Sevilla, but coach Luis Enrique conceded that his side were fortunate to come away with three points thanks to a blunder by Sevilla keeper Beto. Celta have yet to register a home win and the visit of bottom side Rayo Vallecano could present the ideal opportunity to put that right. Rayo have the leakiest defence in La Liga and have won just once on their travels.