La Liga Preview: Match Day 2

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The opening weekend of the new La Liga season did not disappoint.

The champions got off to the worst possible start at the San Mamés, Villareal and Granada fought it out in an eight-goal thriller and Joao Felix gave us a glimpse of his potential against Getafe.

With even more action to digest, this blog will look ahead to the next match-day in La Liga, what to expect from some key matchups and even a one to watch from heading into the weekend.

La Liga Match of the Weekend: Barcelona vs Real Betis

Whenever these two sides face off against one another, there is no shortage of action and talking points.

This time around, both sides will be looking to bounce back from disappointing opening day defeats.

Barcelona have their fair share of injury concerns heading into the game, with Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele already ruled out of the game. However, Lionel Messi has amped up his recovery from injury and could feature for the Catalan giants in what would be a huge boost for the defending champions.

From a Betis perspective, I expect them to vastly up their game from the opening defeat to Vallodolid.

New signings Nabil Fekir and Borja Iglesias will be crucial to Betis’ success this season, filling the void left by the likes of Giovani Lo Celso departing, the attacking tandem will take time to adjust but nonetheless pose a big threat to Barcelona’s defence this weekend.

Will it, in the end, be enough to overcome Barcelona at the Camp Nou? Only time will tell.

La Liga Player to Watch: Óliver Torres (£0.77) vs Granada

Life under new manager Julen Lopetegui got off to the best possible start in Sevilla’s La Liga opener with a comfortable 2-0 away win at Espanyol.

A lot has been made of Sevilla this summer with a lot of ins and outs, most notably the departure of Pablo Sarabia to PSG, however, early signs are good for Lopetegui’s side.

The signing of former Atletico Madrid and Porto starlet Oliver Torres could be an ideal fit for the side. Isco’s best run of form for Spain and Madrid came under the stewardship of Lopetegui, and now Oliver Torres is set to fill that gap with a free-roam role in his midfield set-up.

Still only 24 years old, Torres is still yet to hit his peak. A long run of first-team games and the coaching of Lopetegui could see the playmaker quickly develop and this weekend I see him delivering a marquee performance away from home.


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