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La Liga Preview Week 4

Getafe vs Malaga

Pablo Sarabia should be fit to start, with Karim Yoda closing in on a comeback after a lengthy injury absence. Emiliano Velazquez should be preferred to Santiago Vergini at the heart of the back four. Getafe have lost 9 of their last 10 matches in La Liga, Getafe have kept a clean sheet in their last 3 home matches against Malaga in all competitions. Ignacio Camacho, Weligton and Roque Santa Cruz are still sidelined for the visitors, Ricardo Horta should retain his place in midfield, with Juankar continuing on the left-hand side of the attack. Malaga have lost 7 of their last 8 away matches in La Liga, Malaga have failed to score in their last 3 matches in La Liga.
Prediction: Getafe 1-1 Malaga

Real Madrid vs Granada

Gareth Bale and Sergio Ramos are new addition’s to Rafa Benitez’s injury list, joining both Danilo and James Rodriguez on the sidelines. Isco should feature in the hole behind Karim Benzema as a result, with Jese and Mateo Kovacic also having a chance of coming into the side. Real Madrid have scored at least 3 goals in 9 of their last 11 matches in La Liga, Real Madrid have scored at least 2 goals in their last 4 home matches against Granada in all competitions. Ruben Perez is the only injury absentee, with Fran Rico expected to start in midfield after netting a goal versus Villarreal, Isaac Success and Ruben Rochina have been fairly bright and should hold their places, with no real selection surprises imminent.
Prediction: Real Madrid 4-0 Granada

Valencia vs Real Betis

Antonio Barragan is back from a ban and should fill in at right-back immediately. Santi Mina and Rodrigo could rotate into the attack while  Jaume should continue in goal for the hosts. Valencia have won their last 10 home matches against Real Betis in all competitions. Petros is absent after picking up after two yellow cards last time out, with Xavi Torres expecting to partner Alfred N’Diaye in midfield, Jorge Molina and Ruben Castro should continue their good work up top for Betis, Real Betis have lost their last 5 away matches in La Liga.
Prediction: Valencia 2-0 Real Betis

Eibar vs Atletico Madrid

Asier Riesgo will continue in goal, with both Jaime and Irureta still struggling with injury problems, No changes are expected from Eibar, given the Basque minnows excellent start to the La Liga campaign. Eibar are undefeated in their last 5 matches in La Liga. Both Diego Godin and Filipe Luis are harbouring minor injury problems ahead of the weekend, with Stefan Savic possibly required to step in, Fernando Torres should retain his starting spot after netting the opening goal against Barcelona. Oliver Torres was poor against the Blaugrana, but is expected to line up in midfield, with no big changes expected from Diego Simeone.
Prediction: Eibar 1-3 Atletico Madrid

Real Sociedad vs Espanyol

Inigo Martinez and Zaldua are both doubts for the home side, with Aritz Elustondo and Mikel Gonzalez ready to step in if required, Asier Illarramendi should get another start following his return to the club, with no changes in the midfield third expected from David Moyes. Marco Asensio could feature from the off, with both the aforementioned forward and Burgui available after being ineligible against Real Madrid, Felipe Caicedo and Gerard Moreno are expected to continue as a partnership, despite Espanyol’s jittery season start. Real Sociedad have failed to score in 5 of their last 6 matches in La Liga.
Real Sociedad 2-2 Espanyol

Sevilla vs Celta Vigo

Beto is the latest man to be sidelined for the hosts, meaning that Sergio Rico will take the Portuguese goalkeeper’s place in goal, Marco Andreolli will continue in defence, with Nico Pareja, Daniel Carrico and Adil Rami all still absent for Unai Emery’s men. Ruben Blanco is the only certain injury absentee, though Andreu Fontas is a doubt due to an Achilles problem, in the event that Fontas isn’t fit to start, Sergi Gomez should come into the back four for Celta. Eduardo Berizzo’s men are in fantastic early-season form, meaning that the Argentine coach shouldn’t be making any changes to his line-up.
Prediction: Sevilla 2-1 Celta Vigo

Deportivo vs Sporting Gijon

As such, no real changes are expected from Victor Sanchez, who should opt for the same XI that beat Rayo Vallecano 3-1 last time out. Lucas Perez will continue to threaten at the head of the attack, with the Spaniard looking extremely bright thus far. Alen Halilovic and Tony Sanabria are both expected to retain their places in the starting line-up, with Jony set to be a key mainstay in the Sporting midfield too, After battling to a narrow defeat against Valencia, Abelardo should stick to his guns and keep his team selection consistent.
Prediction: Deportivo 1-2 Sporting Gijon 

Villarreal vs Athletic CLub

Sergio Asenjo and Mateo Musacchio are Marcelino’s only concerns in terms of absentees, with Villarreal’s squad beginning to gel together, Samu Castillejo, Roberto Soldado and Cedric Bakumbu should start once again, with the trio looking very bright when linking up together. Raul Garcia should be deployed from the off again, after the Spaniard netted a goal on his debut at the San Mames.
Prediction: Villarreal 2-2 Atheltic Club

Las Palmas vs Rayo Vallecano

Raul Lizoain will come in between the sticks for Las Palmas, with few changes expected in light of the hosts’ two-goal comeback last time out, David Simon and Jonathan Viera have both had minor problems during the week, but both key men should start from the off. Patrick Ebert will be missing for Paco Jemez’s men, however, with the former Spartak wide man sitting out the first of a four-game ban, Antonio Amaya and Diego Llorente should continue at the heart of the defence, with Ze Castro struggling to return in time for the weekend. Both sides are looking for their first wins of the campaign, with the hosts able to collect one more point than their opponents during the opening three matchdays.
Prediction: Las Palmas 2-1 Rayo Vallecano

Barcelona vs Levante

Claudio Bravo should be out of action for a few weeks, meaning that Marc-Andre ter Stegen is the undisputed number one for a while, Gerard Pique is serving his final match of a four-game ban, with Thomas Vermaelen also sidelined through injury. Jeremy Mathieu should start at centre-back with Javier Mascherano. Sergi Roberto is expected to continue at right-back, with Rafinha the latest absentee for Barca. The Brazilian tore his ACL in Champions League action against Roma. Nabil Ghilas and Deyverson will be forced to work hard up top, with the away side likely to sit very deep with a five-man back line. Barcelona will be looking to retain their 100% La Liga start this weekend, with the Blaugrana able to defeat Athletic Club, Malaga and Atletico Madrid by narrow margins thus far. Levante, meanwhile, are stagnating. The visitors have only found the back of the net twice in three games, with a first win remaining elusive.
Prediction: Barcelona 3-0 Levante 



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