• Saturday, 17 January 2009

    La Liga Preview

    Saturday January 17
    19:00 Barcelona v Deportivo la Coruna
    21:00 Sevilla v C.D Numancia
    Sunday January 18
    16:00 Villarreal v Mallorca
    16:00 Real Madrid v Osasuna
    16:00 Getafe C.F v Racing Santander
    16:00 Recreativo Huelva v Sporting de Gijón
    16:00 Valladolid v Real Betis Balompié
    16:00 Málaga v Espanyol
    18:00 Athletic Bilbao v Valencia
    20:00 Almeria v Atletico Madrid

    For the first time in a while there are no stand-out games in this weekend’s round. Top of the pile I suppose is Barcelona hosting Deportivo on Saturday evening. Deportivo have had a wretched last week or so, losing both in the league and cup to Sevilla but Miguel Angel Lotina’s men are still in position for a European spot. However, Barcelona are the runaway leaders and have scored 31 goals in 9 games at home – the visitors will be up against it. Saturday’s other live game comes from the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan as Numancia visit Sevilla. Sevilla’s demanding fans will expect nothing less than a convincing victory against a team desperate to pull away from the relegation places.

    Sunday sees Real Madrid welcome Osasuna to the Bernabau. Camacho’s men gave Barcelona an almighty fright last week – can they go one better and get a result here? It looks unlikely but never say never. Villarreal and Mallorca, two teams in bad nick, meet at El Madrigal with the hosts looking for their first win since the end of November. Getafe and Racing, two sides looking over their shoulder, meet in Madrid while Valencia face the not entirely straightforward trip to the San Mames - Joaquin Caparros’s men are unbeaten in six. Real Betis and Valladolid are another duo in bad form clashing, while Sporting visit Andalucia’s struggling Recreativo. Espanyol will do well to get anything out of a trip to Malaga, while the final game of the weekend seems embattled Javier Aguirre take his Atletico outfit to Almeria for a game that promises to see one thing – goals, since both sides are crap at the back.

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