The second weekend of La Liga action following the World Cup takes place across Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. The standout fixture in Spain this weekend will see Barcelona travel to Atletico Madrid, as they look to remain at the top of the standings. You can find all our picks for the games this weekend below.
Elche vs Celta Vigo
The LaLiga weekend gets underway with Celta Vigo’s trip to Elche. The hosts remain at the foot of the standings, as they have failed to win in 15 league fixtures this season. They have also lost four straight games. Celta Vigo will see this as a perfect opportunity to move clear of the drop zone, and they should be confident enough to get maximum points after picking up a point on their return to action last weekend.
Valencia vs Cadiz
Valencia will be hoping to edge closer toward the European spots in LaLiga this weekend, but they have won just once in their previous five. Cadiz currently sit in the bottom three and are winless in their last three. However, the visitors have a decent record against Valencia as they are unbeaten in four. A draw has been a common result in recent seasons, and that may be the most likely outcome again.
Villarreal vs Real Madrid
Real Madrid could move back to the top of the LaLiga standings for at least 24 hours on Saturday, as they will be looking for a second straight win following the restart. However, Villarreal could move into the top four this weekend with a win. The preference would be for the reigning champions, as Villarreal are winless in nine against Real Madrid.
Mallorca vs Real Valladolid
Mallorca and Valladolid both come into this game in the bottom half of the standings. Both also restarted the season with a defeat. Mallorca boasts a decent record in this fixture, as they have suffered just a single defeat in their previous 15 home league matches against Valladolid. That trend could be key this weekend.
Espanyol vs Girona
Girona should come into this game very confident, as they are unbeaten in their previous five league games. Meanwhile, Espanyol will be hoping to end a five-game winless run to move clear of the drop zone. Away victories when these sides meet are common, with the previous four victories being won by the travelling side.
Almeria vs Real Sociedad
Sociedad has enjoyed an excellent start to the season, and they could improve their position in the top four with a third straight win. Meanwhile, Almeria has won two of their previous four. The home side has a good record in this fixture as they are unbeaten in three, but the preference is for the high-flying visitors.
Rayo Vallecano vs Real Betis
Two sides in the top half of the standings will clash on Sunday. Vallecano will be looking for a fourth straight win, wile Betis will be looking to bounce back after suffering defeat on their return to action. But, the form of Vallecano is hard to ignore, and we could see them getting the win to move up to fifth.
Sevilla vs Getafe
This promises to be a huge home fixture for Sevilla, as they remain in the bottom three positions. They have failed to win in their previous five. Getafe could pile the misery on with their third win in five. But, given the pressure on the home side, we would be surprised if they don’t raise their game and get the win.
Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona
The big match of the weekend will see Barcelona travel to the capital. The Nou Camp giants weren’t able to return to league action with a win last weekend, as their four-game winning streak came to an end. Atletico remain in a race for a Champions League spot, and a second straight win could help their chances. However, we expect a tight match, and a draw could be the most likely outcome.
Pick: Draw at 5/2 with BetXchange.
Athletic Bilbao vs Osasuna
The LaLiga weekend comes to a close on Monday, as Bilbao will be looking for a return to winning ways in their hunt for a Champions League spot. Osasuna have lost their previous two, which means that the more confident of the sides may be the one playing at home.