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La Liga - Matchday 7 preview

La Liga - Matchday 7 preview, including Atlético vs Real Madrid

September 26, 2019 By Oscar Rojas
The clash between the two bitter rivals from the Spanish capital will also determine who ends the weekend as the league leader.

Matchday 7 in the Spanish top-flight will give fans one of the most anticipated matchups of the season, when Real Madrid make their way to Wanda Metropolitano Stadium to face Atlético.

The clash between the most popular Madrid-based teams could also see either one of them become the league leader. In Real Madrid's case, they would hold on to that position, while Atlético needs to claim all the points to take the top spot by storm.

Elsewhere, Getafe will host Barcelona at Coliseum Alfonso Pérez in one of the worst moments ever for Ernesto Valverde as their coach. The current La Liga champions have failed to win all of their away games, and with Lionel Messi out due to injury, Barcelona's chances of succes are somewhat slim.

Two more teams to keep an eye on this weekend are Real Sociedad and Athletic Club. The Txuri-Urdin side is second behind Real Madrid, and Athletic is the only team besides Los Blancos that are yet to lose a game. Athletic will host Valencia, while Real Sociedad will close Matchday 7 in a tough outing against Sevilla.

Without further ado, here's what you need to keep an eye on for Matchday 7 in La Liga.

Team news - Who's in, who's out?

Barcelona will have to make do without three players, most notably, Lionel MessiSamuel Umtiti and Jordi Alba complete the team's injury list ahead of their trip to Getafe. One more player that could return to the fold is Ivan Rakitic, who was dropped from the squad that faced Villarreal during Matchday 6.

Atlético Madrid gets to the Madrid derby without two players. Sime Vrsaljko has already been ruled out due to injury, while Alvaro Morata picked up a red card against Mallorca, which will see him miss the clash against one of his former clubs.

Real Madrid will have to face their inner-city neighbors without make do without Marco Asensio and Ferland Mendy, who have been ruled out for the big game. Isco, Marcelo and Luka Modric could have a role in this game after being ruled fit to play, but their possible involvement in this game will be determined prior to the start of the clash.

Coach's quotes ahead of Matchday 7

Barcelona's boss Ernesto Valverde talked about how his team will try to end their current hoodoo away from home. Los Blaugranas have lost two out of three games played away from the Camp Nou, and Saturday's trip to Getafe could get a bit tricky.

Key historical stats ahead of La Liga's Matchday 7

  • Barcelona has lost two out of their three away clashes this season in La Liga.

  • It's been five years since Atlético Madrid's last home win against Real Madrid in La Liga games.

  • There have not been any draws between Real Madrid and Sevilla in their last six games.

  • Real Madrid are yet to lose a game at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. Their previous visits ended in a draw (0-0) and a win (3-1).

  • Leganés is the only team yet to win a game in the 2019-20 La Liga season.

  • Gerard Moreno (Villarreal), Loren Morón (Betis) and Karim Benzema are La Liga's top scorers with five goals after six games.

What is social media talking about ahead of Matchday 7?

Real Madrid's boss did not hold back when praising one of his most questioned footballers. Speaking at the pre-match press conference before the Madrid Derby, Zizou gave a bit of a foul-mouthed reply when asked about Lucas Vázquez, which caused quite a stir on social media.

La Liga - Matchday 7 games

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