La Liga Midweek Fixtures: Sevilla Could Get the Better of Real Again6 min read
In order to catch up domestically before the next international break, there is a full set of fixtures in La Liga this week.
Unbeaten Real Madrid travel to an improving Sevilla – where they don’t have the best of records, while Barcelona visit bottom of the table Leganes and Atletico will be hoping to continue their recent revival when they host massive underdogs Huesca.
Atletico Madrid v Huesca
On Tuesday evening, the league’s most porous defence head to the capital to play against the second-best defensive unit in the division.
Already five points behind joint leaders, Real Madrid and Barcelona, Atletico can ill afford another below par showing in front of their own supporters at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Diego Simeone’s men appear to have turned the corner, but last time out at the Wanda, it took debutant, Borja Garces, to equalise in the 94th minute for a point against Eibar.
As they showed at the Camp Nou, despite being well beaten, Huesca fear no one, and though they won’t be gung-ho, the visitors will attack when given the opportunity.
With the Madrid derby following this match at the weekend, it will be interesting to see how many changes Simeone makes.
The home side have found their goalscoreing touch in the last week or so, and although Huesca will have chances, Los Rojiblaoncos should be confident of the win. 3-1 Atletico win is well priced at .
Sevilla v Real Madrid
In Andalusia on Wednesday, it won’t just be the temperature that’s red hot. On the field we should expect to see goals galore.
In six of the last seven meetings, at least four goals have been scored, and ominously for Julen Lopetegui’s side, Real have lost five of the last six that they’ve played at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
With Sevilla having also scored six goals this past weekend, Pablo Machin and his troops come into this game full of confidence.
As with Atleti, Los Blancos will have one eye on the Madrid derby, but it’s debatable that Real are in a position to rotate on Wednesday.
As long as Sergio Ramos doesn’t go walkabout, and shores up the Madrid back line with Raphael Varane, the visiting attack have more about them than in recent seasons.
Since Cristiano Ronaldo left for Juve, Real’s front three look more natural and are working well and in harmony.
Sevilla are still emerging as a unit after Machin took over, and a 2-0 home defeat to Getafe in the league should see a more considered attacking strategy.
With Sevilla to win over 90 minutes at , that’s too good to turn down, as is a Sevilla win with both teams to score – at .
Leganes v Barcelona
Bottom hosts top in what should be a routine victory for the visitors, but Barcelona’s recent 2-2 draw at home against Girona has shown that they can’t be too complacent again.
Lionel Messi leads the Pichichi top scorer standings, and will be keen to add more at Butarque, against a defence that have already conceded 10 this season.
Leganes have yet to win and have lost four of their five games. Frankly, they’ve been poor in all of them and there are very few positives, if any, to take away from those matches.
A big home loss against the Blaugrana will shatter confidence further, so it will be no surprise to see Mauricio Pellegrino change from his usual 4-3-3 to a much more defensive 5-4-1, inviting Barcelona to try and break them down.
Even if Ernesto Valverde rotates his team again, the reigning champions should have far too much about them. Lionel Messi to score in both halves is priced at and is worth your spend, along with Barcelona to win 3-0 at .