Espanyol team news
Espanyol will be without Cristian Alvarez, Felipe Mattioni and Samuele Longo. Goalkeeper Kiko Casilla expressed his horror at conceding three early goals against Sevilla last weekend. He described that as the team’s “worst 30 minutes under Javier Aguirre” in which the players “were very uncomfortable”.
Expect Espanyol to tighten up their defence in order to avoid another beating against goal-hungry Real Madrid. Capedvila, scorer of an own goal against Sevilla, may lose his place to left-back Victor Alvarez in the starting line-up.
Analysis: Real Madrid and Malaga do not have much to play for
Eleven points separate league leaders Barcelona from current Spanish La Liga champions Real Madrid. Meanwhile, there are 12 more points at stake ahead of Matchday 35. A draw between Real and Malaga would not declare Barca champions yet. This is because head-to-head counts above goal difference in Spain. Having drawn 2-2 at the Camp Nou and triumphed 2-1 at the Bernabeu in El Clasico this season, Real Madrid have the advantage when it comes to head-to-head.
Analysis: Real Madrid looking to push Barcelona all the way to the wall
Real Madrid can pride themselves in the way they crashed out from the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League semi-finals in midweek. They bottled their chances in the first leg by allowing Borussia Dortmund to press them hard throughout 90 minutes as Robert Lewandowski scored an incredible amount of four goals. From there, it was always going to be difficult for Los Blancos to stage a comeback.
However, as dramatic as it may sound, they came only a goal away from reaching Wembley this Tuesday. Two late strikes from Benzema and Ramos almost put Real Madrid in dreamland. The miraculous third goal never occurred and the Santiago Bernabeu became the ground of priceless scenes of celebration for visitors Dortmund.
Miami Beach, Florida (April 26, 2013) – beIN Sports end-of-month coverage starts this Friday with a Championship fixture between Leicester City and Watford which will air on both channels from 14:45 EST / 18:45 EST / 20:45 CET. The weekend will then be filled with a total of seven Spanish La Liga matches. Inevitably, the games that are set to attract wide viewership are Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona and Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid. LiveSoccerTV.com (@LiveSoccerTV) provides you with full live TV listings for beIN Sport en Español and beIN Sport USA.
Barcelona and Real Madrid find themselves in a very embarrassing and awkward position after heavy Champions League defeats, to Bayern and Dortmund respectively. The Catalans and the Blancos have one more away trip on their agenda before returning home for next week’s uphill task in Europe.
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Three players are unavailable for this short trip: Marcelo, Essien and Arbeloa (unless he makes a last-minute recovery) will not take part in the Madrid derby. The hosts, meanwhile, have no injury concern apart from Arda Turan who remains doubtful.
Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho cannot afford to risk the health of his key players – most of whom underperformed against Borussia Dortmund and must sacrifice themselves next Tuesday to stand a chance of overturning the UEFA Champions League semi-final tie.
For Real Madrid, the purpose of playing to win in the Spanish La Liga is all about gaining motivation. The 2013 Copa del Rey finalists have a date with Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League scheduled for next week. While Jose Mourinho may consider resting his best players for the match against Real Betis this Saturday, he could also favour the option of keeping them match fit with some playing time.
Last week, the Portuguese coach surprisingly featured playmaker Cristiano Ronaldo for the entire game against Athletic Bilbao at San Mames. Mourinho also decided to play Diego Lopez ahead of Iker Casillas. It is clear that Real Madrid’s plan at this moment is to avoid any possible upset by filling strong line-ups each Matchday.
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This season, Athletic Bilbao are nowhere near equalling the achievements they had in 2012. By this time, last year, the team had life in Europe. The 2011/12 UEFA Europa League runners-up are suffering from inconsistency in La Liga this season. Bilbao have very little to play for as they rank 14th in the table. Staying clear from the relegation zone is definitely not sufficient for the occupants of San Mames who have forgotten about a top six finish long ago.
Athletic Bilbao have collected red cards in each of their last two games. In their latest fixture, against Sevilla, Aymeric Laporte received an accumulation of two yellow cards. The defender will not take part in Sunday’s home match against Real Madrid. As if Laporte’s loss was not enough, the hosts will have to be without Aduriz, De Marcos and Gurpegi. These three players must serve suspension for picking up too many yellows in the campaign.
Things should get calmer for Real Madrid who have a foot in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League. Buoyed by Wednesday’s 3-0 win at home to Galatasaray, Los Blancos enter Saturday afternoon’s match against Levante with virtually no pressure.
Finishing second is far as Real Madrid’s ambition goes in the Spanish La Liga. As of now, they are one point above city rivals Atletico Madrid. Should they secure their 13th win in 15 home matches, Mourinho’s men will go four points clear of the third spot for at least 24 hours.
Miami Beach, Florida (March 27, 2013) – Three Serie A matches – two of which will feature Internazionale – have been listed in beIN Sports’ program schedule from now till April 3. Celta de Vigo vs Barcelona and Real Zaragoza vs Real Madrid are also part of this weekend’s top La Liga coverage. LiveSoccerTV.com (@LiveSoccerTV) tells you when to watch what on beIN SPORT and beIN Sport en Español.
The Parc des Princes will be set ablaze when league leaders PSG will clash against French Ligue 1 champions Montpellier. This thriller, which will open Matchday 30, will follow the Championship’s Crystal Palace vs Birmingham City match this Friday. PSG vs Montpellier will be live on beIN Sport USA from 15:30 EST.
Before the international break, Jose Mourinho slammed FIFA for interrupting the current crunch period in club football with national team football. The outspoken manager will return to business in Spain after making trips to England and his native Portugal during the past few days.
He will find tired legs in his squad – Argentina’s Angel Di Maria who played in Bolivia’s high altitude on Tuesday, Portugal’s Pepe and Fabio Coentrao, Sergio Ramos and other Spanish internationals to name a few. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Diego Lopez and star winger Cristiano Ronaldo should be fit for selection.
Miami Beach, Florida (March 16, 2013) – There is much to watch on beIN Sports this weekend. LiveSoccerTV.com (@LiveSoccerTV) has all the live stream and TV schedules data you need. Watch out for the big matches of the weekend which include Real Madrid vs Mallorca, Milan vs Palermo, Bologna vs Juventus and Barcelona vs Juventus. With beIN Sports, you can watch all these games and more from the Spanish La Liga and the Italian Serie A live to spice up your weekend.
beIN Sports’ end of week coverage began on Friday with Olympique Marseille’s goalless draw at home to Ajaccio in the French Ligue 1 and Deportivo La Coruna’s crucial 3-1 victory over Celta de Vigo in La Liga. The network will air six more matches from Spain’s Primera Division on Saturday and Sunday.
Jose Mourinho is expected to play his strong possible squad in the absence of Angel Di Maria and Iker Casillas who are both nearing recovery. The Real Madrid coach will have to choose between Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain for the striker role. The latter is poised to start ahead of his French team mate.
Kaka has made good use of his playing minutes this year. His contribution in midfield cannot be denied. The Brazilian is likely to partner with Özil and Ronaldo as Los Blancos will be hunting for goals at home to Mallorca.
Barcelona’s morale boosting win at home to Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday simply proved that they have moved on from their recent slumps. The Catalans are not going through the kind of crisis that could see them squander a 16 or 13-point lead dramatically.
That said, for Real Madrid, dreaming about lifting this year’s Spanish La Liga trophy would be like chasing the sun. Clinching automatic UEFA Champions League qualification is a must so they must remain in the top three.
Miami Beach, Florida (March 8, 2013) – beIN SPORT has ten matches in its live listings from Friday, March 8 to Monday, March 11, 2013. It begins with Genoa vs Milan at 14:45 EST today. This Italian Serie A fixture offers the Rossoneri a good chance to rest their key players or warm up in style ahead of next week’s enormous UEFA Champions League clash against Barcelona at the Camp Nou.
Speaking about the Catalans, they will host Deportivo in the hope of recovering from their shocking setbacks recently. Barcelona vs Deportivo La Coruna will start at 14:00 EST this Saturday. On Sunday, Real Madrid will have a tricky game against Celta de Vigo scheduled for 14:00 EST as well.
Miami Beach, Florida (March 1, 2013) – Set your alarm for an early start as El Clasico kicks off at 10:00 a.m. EST on Saturday, March 2, 2013. Live Soccer TV (@LiveSoccerTV) brings its users information on where to watch Real Madrid vs Barcelona live from the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu – whether USA or elsewhere in the world.
El Clasico on Saturday promises to be a totally different game than what the world saw live from the Camp Nou in the Copa del Rey on February 26. Barcelona were crushed in their own backyard and when Angel Di Maria ridiculed Carles Puyol to assist Cristiano Ronaldo’s second goal, there was no way back for the hosts.
Miami Beach, Florida (March 1, 2013) – LiveSoccerTV.com reminds you where and when to watch the 11 matches available across beIN Sports between March 1 and March 4, 2013.
The coverage on beIN SPORT and beIN Sport en Español will be paralleled for the first three fixtures. It begins with Napoli’s home match against Juventus at 14:45 EST this Friday. This ‘first versus second’ battle could see the Scudetto swing from Juventus’ stadium to Napoli’s home. Only six points separate both sides and Antonio Conte knows that victory will give the Old Lady a bit of comfort with 11 more matches to go after this week’s clash in the Italian Serie A.
You can count Angel Di Maria out of El Clasico. The Argentine picked up two bookings within 20 minutes at Riazor last weekend and must therefore serve suspension. While he could profit of his absence by refreshing his legs ahead of next week’s do-or-die Champions League match away to Manchester United, other team mates such as Kaka, Luka Modric and Michael Essien are likely to make Real Madrid’s starting XI against Barcelona on Saturday.
For the visitors, doubts surround Lionel Messi’s availability. La Pulga missed Wednesday’s training session with illness. His colleagues, Xavi Hernandez and Cesc Fabregas had to be given painkilling injections to feature in Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey, according to Mundo Deportivo.
Miami Beach, Florida (February 23, 2013) – beIN Sport USA and beIN Sport en Español’s weekend line-up looks like a soccer festival with a number of high-profiled matches set to air live for the American audience. LiveSoccerTV.com shares with you the channels’ TV guide for February 23 and February 24, 2013.
beIN Sport will treat you with the best football from the Spanish Primera Division. Barcelona are expected to bounce back in style and make Sevilla their victims at the Camp Nou. The Blaugrana, wounded by their midweek defeat to Milan in Europe, will also use Saturday’s clash as a warm-up for El Clasico in the Copa del Rey set for February 26.
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Deportivo have recorded only three wins since the beginning of the 2012/13 Spanish Primera Division. These three wins all came at home. They need to get a result against Real Madrid to boost their morale and finish the season strongly. It would take a miracle for Depor to overcome relegation this year. They have gained only 16 points from a possible 72; that is less than a quarter of the maximum points.
The last time they picked up a point was in mid-January when they held Europa League zone contenders Real Sociedad to a 1-1 draw. Sadly for Deportivo La Coruna, they have collected more red cards (5) than points (1) in their last six league matches. They have one of the worst defensive records in La Liga and they are paying for that.