As we approach the return of domestic football, there are a lot of talking points across La Liga heading into Match Day 5.
The action returns on under the Friday night lights as Mallorca host Athletic Club at the Son Moix. It’s also an action-packed Saturday with all of last season’s top four in action, including Barcelona’s clash with Valencia in a repeat of the Copa del Rey Final.
La Liga Match of the Weekend: Sevilla vs Real Madrid
Real Madrid against Sevilla is one of La Liga’s classic fixtures, and Sunday’s top of the table clash is full of more intriguing storylines than ever.
Sevilla host Los Blancos at the Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan after being the surprise package to start the season.
New coach Julen Lopetegui has guided the side to an excellent start to the 2019/20 La Liga campaign, with last weekend’s 1-0 victory at Deportivo Alaves lifting the Andalusians to the top of the standings with 10 points.
Lopetegui will also have an added motivation heading into the game after his torrid time in charge of Los Blancos, looking to avenge some of his doubters at the capital club.
This game could present itself to be a war of attrition with both sides heading into the game on the back of European contests away from Spain. Either way, all the storylines will come together once the teams run out at the Sanchez Pizjuan with Madrid looking to bounce back from their Champions League woes and Sevilla looking to keep hold of their top spot.
Rest of the weekend:
There are also some key things to watch out for across La Liga this weekend.
Osasuna vs Betis – Osasuna are still unbeaten in their return to La Liga, up against a lively Betis team, anticipate a lot of goals.
Levante vs Eibar – Levante were close to getting something at the Bernebeu, exciting going forward but defensively a weak side.
Atletico vs Celta – Atleti last weekend for the first time this season against Sociedad, surprisingly have been suspect defensively but to counter that, have looked very dangerous in attack courtesy of Joao Felix and co.
Granada vs Barcelona – Messi’s La Liga return after injury, that’s all.
Valencia vs Leganes – For all the talk of their manager situation, Valencia won away at Stamford Bridge and eases some of the crisis chatter around the club.
La Liga Player to Watch: Gerard Moreno vs Valladolid (£0.88)
The early leader for the Pichichi award in Spain, Moreno is leading the league with 5 La Liga goals already this season.
On the back of a dramatic 2-2 draw with Real Madrid and a comfortable 3-0 win at Leganes, Villarreal host Valladolid next in a game El Submarino Amarillo will expect to win.
Valladolid are yet to keep a clean sheet so far this season, and with Gerard Moreno in deadly form, I expect the forward to certainly be competing for In-Play & Match Day Dividends.