La Liga Preview: Match Day 6

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The action from La Liga comes thick and fast with a midweek round of fixtures to quickly prepare for.

Coming into the week, squad rotation could be a major consideration for a number of sides after a frantic start to the season. However, there is bound to be an array of talking points from what looks to be an enticing round of fixtures from Spain.

La Liga Match of the Match Day: Barcelona vs Villarreal

All eyes will be on the Camp Nou tonight as Barcelona host Villarreal. The Catalan side will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing defeat at the weekend against Granada.

Recipient of FIFA’s best men’s player of the year yesterday, the Barcelona talisman is expected to make his first league start tonight against The Yellow Submarine.

Barcelona head into the game in need of a win after a terrible outing against Granada, furthermore, the pressure is building on manager Ernesto Valverde as his side continue to struggle away from the Camp Nou.

Meanwhile, for Villarreal, signs are on the up after back to back league wins and clean sheets for the Yellow Submarine. Gerard Moreno is in form with 5 league goals already, and could pose a threat to a Barcelona defence that hasn’t filled critics with confidence.

All in all, this game has a number of concurrent storylines in the background and could be a marquee match-up.

Rest of the weekend:

There are also some key things to watch out for across La Liga during the mid-week games.

Athletic Bilbao sit top of the La Liga standings heading into Match Day 6, and face struggling side Leganes. It’s been Athletic’s best start to a league campaign since 1993 and expectations will be for the Basque club to comfortably win away from home.

Real Betis host Levante in need of a win after an underwhelming start to the season. It won’t be easy for the side however as they have lost their last two games against Levante.

Mallorca vs Atletico – Diego Simeone is winless in his managerial career against the newly promoted Mallorca, failing to win his previous three games. Atleti will be looking to assert themselves after a disappointing goalless draw last time around against Celta.

Granada will look to maintain their unexpected good form as they head to Valladolid.ย Granada midfielder Angel Montoro has provided three away assists in La Liga this season, more than any other player in the league.

La Liga Player to Watch: Lionel Messi vs Villarreal (ยฃ5.07)

Recipient of FIFA’s best men’s player of the year yesterday, the Barcelona talisman is expected to make his first league start tonight against The Yellow Submarine.

In their last two fixtures, Barcelona have been toothless in attack. Failing to score with only two shots on target, Messi’s return to the side could not be more needed.

Villarreal has kept two consecutive clean sheets in the build-up to this game, however, Lionel Messi is the heart of this Barcelona side. I expect him to be competing for an array of Match Day & In-Play Dividends as he helps gel this Barcelona attacking unit together.

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