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La Liga Round 6 Preview: Atletico Madrid host Sevilla and Real Sociedad meet Athletic Bilbao in exciting weekend

The Andalusians look to maintain their unbeaten run against an Atletico outfit reeling from their 5-0 defeat at Barcelona last weekend, while the Basque derby is another highlight



La Liga: Round 6
Results

Table/Fixtures

Saturday OCTOBER 1 KO Sunday OCTOBER 2
KO
Villarreal - Zaragoza
1800
Sociedad - Athletic Bilbao
1200
Racing - Rayo Vallecano
1800
Betis - Levante
1600
Osasuna - Mallorca
1800
Atletico Madrid - Sevilla
1800
Valencia - Granada
2000
Sporting - Barcelona
2000
Malaga - Getafe
2200
Espanyol - Real Madrid
2200
          all kick-offs in CET


 
Villarreal
vs Zaragoza

PROBABLE LINE-UPS
 
Cesar
Zapata, Gonzalo, Musacchio, Joan Oriol
Marchena, Bruno
De Guzman, Borja Valero, Cani
 Rossi

 

 
Roberto
Silva, Lanzaro, Meira
Juarez, Pinter, Ponzio, Abraham
Barrera, Lafita
Postiga


KEY FACTS
  • Villarreal went down 2-0 at Napoli in the Champions League earlier this week and have now lost their first two Group A games
  • Following a poor start in La Liga, however, the Yellow Submarine have picked up four points from their last two matches
  • Nilmar misses this match through injury, while another forward, Marco Ruben, is also sidelined
 
  • Zaragoza, like Villarreal, have picked up five points from their opening five games. Javier Aguirre's side are 15th, just below their rival on Saturday
  • David Mateos is sidelined and Angel Lafita is doubtful
  • Helder Postiga, who was called up by Portugal on Thursday, has had three 'goals' ruled out already this season. Two of those, ruled out for offside, should have been allowed

Racing Santander
vs Rayo Vallecano

PROBABLE LINE-UPS
 
Tono
Francis, Gonzalez, Barba, Cisma
Kennedy, Tziolis, Adrian, Munitis
Serrano
Stuani
 

 
Gimenez
Tito, Arribas, Figueras, Casado
Fuego, Movilla,
Koke, Michu, Botelho
Piti


KEY FACTS
  • Racing have drawn three and lost two so far this season, leaving them in the bottom three ahead of this match on Saturday
  • Coach Hector Cuper believes his side need to react. "It's time to win," he said this week.
  • Lautaro Acosta will be sidelined for around three months with a serious knee injury
 
  • Rayo Vallecano scored after just 17 seconds at the Santiago Bernabeu last weekend, but ultimately went down 6-2 to Real Madrid
  • Summer signing Koke has been called up for the first time and could make his Rayo debut in this match
  • After going unbeaten in their first three league matches, Rayo have now lost the last two

Osasuna
vs Mallorca

PROBABLE LINE-UPS

 
Fernandez
Raitala, Ruben, Flano, Bertran
Lama, Punal, Raul Garcia
Cejudo, Nino
  Sola


 

 
Aouate
Zuiverloon, Chico, Ramis Caceres
Victor, Pina
Alfaro, Tejera, Nsue
Tomer Hemed


KEY FACTS
  • Osasuna lost 8-0 to Barcelona recently, but are unbeaten in their other four matches, winning one and drawing three. In their other games, the northerners have conceded just twice
  • Coach Jose Luis Mendilibar has already used 20 different players so far this season
  • Defender Roversio Rodrigues remains sidelined and misses this match
 
  • Mallorca parted company with coach Michael Laudrup this week following internal disputes with club owner Lorenzo Serra Ferrer
  • Former Mallorca, Barcelona and Spain defender Miguel Angel Nadal, uncle of tennis star Rafa, takes charge of the team in this match
  • Former Athletic Bilbao boss Joaquin Caparros looks favourite to replace Laudrup on a permanent basis

Valencia
vs Granada
                                                                
Valencia look to return to winning ways after last weekend's 1-0 defeat at Sevilla, in which they missed a penalty and saw their unbeaten start to the season brought to an end.

A full preview of this fixture can be found here

Malaga
vs Getafe

PROBABLE LINE-UPS

 
Willy
Gamez, Demichelis, Mathijsen, Eliseu
Toulalan, Duda
Cazorla, Joaquin
Van Nistelrooy, Baptista


 
 
Moya
Torres, Lopo, Diaz, Masilela
Pedro Leon, J. Rodriguez, LacenSarabia
Guiza, Miku

KEY FACTS
  • Malaga missed the chance to go top of La Liga for the first time in their history as they could only draw at Zaragoza last weekend
  • Coach Manuel Pellegrini welcomes back Jesus Gamez and Jeremy Toulalan from injury for this match
  • Goalkeeper Willy Caballero hopes to earn a call-up to the Argentine national side
 
  • Getafe earned their first win of the season by beating league leaders Betis by a single goal on Monday
  • Dani Guiza has shaken off an injury, but Adrian Colunga is sidelined and misses the trip to Andalucia
  • Despite their win over Betis, Getafe still have only four points from their five matches so far this season and currently lie in 16th place

Real Sociedad
vs Athletic Bilbao

PROBABLE LINE-UPS

 
Bravo
C. Martinez, I. Martinez, Demidov, Bella
Illarramendi, Mariga
Prieto, Zurutuza, Griezmann
Agirretxe



 
 
Iraizoz
Iraola, Amorebieta, San Jose, Marcos
Gurpegi, Iturraspe
Muniain, Martinez, Susaeta
Llorente


KEY FACTS
  • With the exception of Gorka Elustondo, Real Sociedad have a full squad available for this derby clash
  • French winger Antoine Griezmann is in a confident mood. "We'll win 3-0 and I'll score all three," he said.
  • Striker Imanol Agirretxe has four goals already this season and has been key in his side's positive start to the campaign, which has seen them win seven points so far
 
  • Athletic's 2-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain on Thursday was the side's first victory of the season
  • Marcelo Bielsa's side are second to bottom of La Liga, having lost three and drawn two so far
  • "The win over PSG will mean nothing if we don't win in the league," said striker Fernando Llorente, who has scored just once this term and hopes to add to that in the derby

Betis
vs Levante

PROBABLE LINE-UPS
 
Casto
Chica, Amaya, Dorado, Perez
Etxebarria, Iriney
Vadillo, Sevilla, Montero
Santa Cruz
 

 
Munua
Javi Venta, Ballesteros, Nano, Juanfran
X. Torres, Iborra
Valdo, Barkero, Juanlu
Kone

KEY FACTS
  • Betis remain top of the league, despite losing 1-0 at Getafe on Monday night
  • Goalkeeper Casto Espinosa is back from suspension and is likely to return in this match
  • Coach Pepe Mel is confident his side will win and stay top ahead of the trip to Real Madrid. "We'll go the Bernabeu as leaders," he said.
 
  • Levante have won their last three matches and remain unbeaten this season. The Valencia-based side are currently third, with 11 points
  • Rafa Jorda misses this match through injury, but Carlos Aranda has been cleared to play
  • Levante have only let in three goals all season and kept out Real Madrid in a 1-0 win recently

Atletico Madrid
vs Sevilla

PROBABLE LINE-UPS
 
Courtois
Silvio, Miranda, Dominguez, Luis
Gabi, Tiago
Reyes, Diego, Turan
Falcao

 

 
Varas
Caceres, Spahic, Alexis, Navarro
Medel
Navas, Rakitic, Perotti
Kanoute, Negredo

KEY FACTS
  • After back-to-back 4-0 wins over Racing Santander and Sporting Gijon, Atletico lost 5-0 to Barcelona at Camp Nou last weekend
  • The Madrid side then drew 1-1 at Rennes in the Europa League on Thursday
  • Atletico are currently in eighth place, three points off the top six
 
  • Sevilla beat Valencia 1-0 in their last Liga match, despite ending with nine men following the dismissals of Piotr Trochowski and Julien Escude
  • Both of those players miss this match through suspension
  • Striker Alvaro Negredo is doubtful for Sevilla, still unbeaten with 11 points and currently fourth in the table

Sporting
vs Barcelona
                                                                
Barcelona visit struggling Sporting Gijon, who have picked up just one point all season. Pep Guardiola got his first win as Barca coach at El Molinon back in 2008.

Espanyol
vs Real Madrid
                                                                
Real Madrid travel to Barcelona to meet Espanyol, who have won both of their matches at Cornella so far this season.
Varas
Caceres, Escude, Alexis, Navarro
Trochowski, Medel
Navas, Rakitic, Perotti
Negredo

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