Get your printable guide – Spanish La Liga Matchday 22
The month of February begins with three days of league football in Spain and Real Valladolid will open proceedings with a home fixture against UEFA Europa League runners-up Athletic Bilbao. The latter, in 13th position, stunned Atletico Madrid 3-0 last week and could move two places up with victory over Valladolid this weekend.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were overshadowed by the prowess of Cesc Fabregas, Gerard Pique and Raphael Varane in El Clasico on Wednesday. Will the world’s two best players resume their scoring adventure?
Get your printable guide – Spanish La Liga Matchday 21
There is basically no contest at the top of the Spanish La Liga table. Barcelona look set to go all the way to win the title while Real Madrid, for the sake of pride, do not want to give up.
This weekend’s fixtures will see Los Blancos engage in a local derby against Getafe while the Catalans will welcome Osasuna at the Camp Nou. In truth, the attention of the public has already diverted to Barca and Madrid’s meeting in the Spanish Cup.
Get your printable guide – La Liga Matchday 20
In between crunch Spanish Copa del Rey action, La Liga returns with its 20th round of fixtures. Real Madrid remain 18 points behind old foes Barcelona but the latter have claimed to remain concentrated until the end.
This weekend, the Blaugrana will be away to Real Sociedad. Atletico Madrid will welcome Levante at the Vicente Calderon and third-placed Real Madrid will feature in their second game of the triple header against Valencia.
Malaga stunned Barcelona in the Copa del Rey in midweek and will play at home to Celta de Vigo on Matchday 20. Real Betis’ hopes are slim in the cup but things are different in La Liga as they seat only three points behind champions Real Madrid. Betis will close this round with an encounter against Athletic Bilbao on Monday.
Get your printable guide – Spanish La Liga Matchday 19
Malaga are potentially dangerous having won half of their matches so far to keep hold of the fourth spot. They downed Real Madrid before the Christmas break and could upset Barcelona as well on Sunday. However, they will be mindful that facing an in-form Blaugrana side is totally different to confronting an under-pressure Madrid outfit.
Speaking about Los Blancos, they have refused to give up on the Spanish Primera Division title. With Cristiano Ronaldo at the head of their attack, they will play in Osasuna’s hostile ground on Saturday.
Get your printable guide – Spanish La Liga Matchday 18
After the winter break, Spanish Primera Division resumes with 10 fixtures split over a four-day period. It all begins this Friday with fifth-placed Real Betis hoping to beat Zaragoza and close in on Malaga.
On Saturday, the latter will be away to rock-bottom side Deportivo La Coruna. In three other centres across the country, Levante, Granada and Sevilla will play hosts to Athletic Bilbao, Valencia and Osasuna.
The top three teams – Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid – only play on January 6 after Celta de Vigo opens the action with a home game against Real Valladolid scheduled for 6:00am EST.
Get your printable guide – Spanish La Liga Matchday 17
The 17th round of fixtures in the Spanish Primera Division will gradually hit its climax over a period of three days. On Friday, Espanyol and Deportivo La Coruna will engage in a relegation battle, Sevilla will try to avoid their eighth defeat of the campaign and Levante will continue their chase for an European zone finish.
On Saturday, wounded Atletico Madrid will try to bounce back against a Celta Vigo team ranked 13 places below. Valencia and Getafe will lock horns in an expected tight encounter. Finally on Sunday, the country’s biggest clubs, Real Madrid and Barcelona, will be in action. The Blaugrana, who have been hit with bad news concerning Tito Vilanova's health, are poised to trounce Real Valladolid and move one point short of the 50-point mark.
Get your printable guide – La Liga Matchday 14
The attention of football fans and the media ahead of Matchday 14 is centred on the top three zone of the table. Since a number of weeks now, the order is the same: Barcelona lead the way with Atletico Madrid seating above their neighbours, Real Madrid.
The biggest change is that Los Blancos are no more eight points behind the Blaugrana. The gap is now of 11 points. Led by the power of Falcao, Atletico will be looking to clinch a famous victory at the Santiago Bernabeu and keep pace with Barcelona.
Real Madrid vs Osasuna will mark Los Blancos’ first home game of the season, and Pedro Leon is eager to help his side start well at the Santiago Bernabeu. Speaking to the club’s sponsor Bwin, the midfielder affirmed:
“We’ll have to play well, and as a tight knit group. In this way, we’ll have a chance to win. It’s not going to be easy, though. I’m sure it will be a difficult match. Yes, Osasuna drew their first match, but they are a battle-hardened team and they’ll pressure a lot. I’m sure they will trouble us.”
They’ll host bottom side Real Zaragoza on match-day 15 of the Spanish Primera Liga.
Real Madrid Analysis
Los Blancos can enter Saturday’s match full of confidence; they’ll have Cristiano Ronaldo returning from suspension and a perfect home record on which they can build.
Manuel Pellegrini will not be told twice, not even once, that losing a single point in La Liga is not an option since his side let all three points slip away against Barcelona some weeks ago.
Los Blancos’ reaction and approach ahead of Saturday’s match against Real Zaragoza will be the same as the ones that they had lately against Almeria, Marseille, and Valencia respectively; it’s playing to win at all cost by attacking at every opportunity and scoring many goals.
Valencia are third in the Spanish Primera Liga table standings.
They have 28 points from thirteen games and they seat just three points behind Real Madrid who are second in the table.
Valencia are unbeaten at home this season and they’ve scored as much as 10 goals in six matches at the Mestalla stadium.
The only time they failed to score on their own soil was against Barcelona when they played a goalless draw back in October.
Real Madrid analysis – the big need to bounce back
They are five points behind Barcelona against whom they just lost the battle, they will be without their star midfielder Kaka, and Cristiano Ronaldo is just readjusting to intensive football.
Well, Real Madrid seriously need to bounce back as quickly as possible before they get caught in embarrassment as the race for the Spanish Primera Division continues.
Los Blancos will host Almeria at the Santiago Bernabeu in a relatively easy fixture compared to El Clasico. However, with the experience that the Spanish giants have already endured this season (the defeat to Alcorcon and the goalless draw against Sporting Gijon), they will not afford to underestimate Saturday’s tie.