The midweek action from La Liga did not disappoint.
Real Madrid’s young talent shone through for a comfortable win, Barcelona got back on track despite Lionel Messi picking up another knock and goals couldn’t separate Valencia and Getafe at the Mestalla.
La Liga Match of the Weekend: Atlético Madrid vs Real Madrid
The first Madrid derby of the season is upon us and both sides head in to the game on the back of some good performances.
Atlético got back on track yesterday evening beating newly promoted Mallorca courtesy of goals from Diego Costa and Joao Felix.
It was Diego Simeone’s first win as a manager over Mallorca, and a clean sheet away from home will ease concerns after an uncharacteristically leaky defence to start the season.
For Real Madrid, two wins and two clean sheets after their Champions League humbling from PSG has dramatically altered the mood around the Bernebeu, with Los Blancos now sitting top of La Liga.
The young talent at Zidane’s disposal shone through midweek in the game against Osasuna. Both Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo got on the scoresheet in a comfortable win for Los Blancos, giving Zidane a potential selection dilemma ahead of the derby.
The game will be an early-season benchmark for both Madrid clubs with a host of young talent set to feature. Who do you think will impress the most at the Wanda Metropolitano?
Rest of the weekend:
There are also some key games to keep an eye on from La Liga over the weekend.
The Yellow Submarine host Real Betis in a game that promises to be full of goals. Betis are beginning to gel together and were very promising in attack in their win over Levante, meanwhile, Villarreal can consider themselves unlucky after being narrowly defeated at the Camp Nou.
Sevilla vs Real Sociedad – both teams looking to compete for a Champions League spot will meet at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan on Sunday night. Both possess an array of exciting attacking players in a game which many Traders will be keeping tabs on.
La Liga Player to Watch: Maxi Gómez vs Athletic Bilbao (£1.19)
Maxi Gómez looks to finally be getting to grips with life at Valencia after his summer move from Celta Vigo.
Substituted on for the injured Kevin Gameiro, the striker went on to score twice in a six-goal thriller at the Mestalla on Thursday.
Away at Bilbao, I expect Gómez to continue from where he left off against Getafe, being in the run-in for In-Play and Match Day Dividends.