We take a look at the La Liga ties on Saturday, which feature Real Madrid looking to bounce back and Miguel Cardoso looking for a first win as Celta Vigo coach.
Real Madrid host Valencia at an expecting Santiago Bernabeu, who saw their side beaten by Eibar last weekend in embarrassing fashion.
The defeat saw Los Blancos move to sixth in the La Liga table, six points off league leaders Sevilla and concern is now setting in amongst the club’s supporters, who thought new boss Santi Solari was turning things around.
Solari was installed as coach after Julen Lopetegui’s sacking earlier this month, but despite a winning start – it seems Madrid may not be fixed after all.
A win in the Champions League midweek does however, keep them favourites against Valencia, who have had a problematic season thus far.
The day begins with Celta Vigo against Huesca….
Miguel Cardoso failed to guide Celta to a win in his first game in charge last weekend and the pressure will firmly be on the Portuguese coach to deliver at Balaidos against Huesca.
Many Celta fans were surprised at some decisions made against Real Sociedad, which saw Maxi Gomez moved to the bench – and it will be interesting to see what Cardoso has up his sleeve this weekend for an expectant crowd.
Real Valldolid looking to return to winning ways….
For Valladolid, their stunning start to life in the Spanish top-flight has hit a snag lately with no wins in four La Liga games.
Despite putting in a fine display at Sevilla last Sunday, Valladolid’s efforts went unawarded with a 1-0 defeat after André Silva’s goal.
It means Sergio González’s side have dropped to the bottom half of the standings with no goals in their last three matches.
Meanwhile, Leganés put an end to their four-match winless run by beating Deportivo Alaves at home last time out.
Getafe aim to stop Espanyol’s bounce back ability