What can we expect to see in matchday 19 of La Liga, where Real Betis face Real Madrid and Valencia host Real Valladolid?
1. Real Madrid to struggle against Real Betis
Los Blancos have games in the league now against both Andalusian side’s in Betis and Sevilla, and it could prove to be a double header which further defines their direction this season and over the summer.
Santi Solari has attempted to instill a new found belief in the side, but results on the pitch have dropped since his opening games as head coach.
Betis will provide a tough test for Sergio Ramos and co., being guided by Quique Setien, who has a remarkable squad at the Benito Villamarin.
2. Barcelona to thrash Eibar
Ernesto Valverde’s side lost to Levante on Thursday evening, playing with a largely dominated eleven of second string players.
They will look to bounce back and send a clear message against Eibar on Sunday, bringing back a fresh Lionel Messi, who was left out in the Copa del Rey.
A win would see them further their standing at the top of La Liga, holding a five point gap over Atletico Madrid before a ball has been kicked this weekend.
3. Isco to be benched again….
The Spanish midfielder is a bit-part player at the Bernabeu, nothing else – it seems – after yet another snub in midweek as Madrid beat Leganes 3-0 in the Copa del Rey.
Linked with an exit, the former Malaga man is now almost settled for a place on the bench for every game, and he can expect nothing less this weekend as Madrid face a tricky game against Betis in Seville.
4. Valencia to win and Marcelino to keep his job for one more week….
Marcelino has been given three games to secure seven points and whilst the majority of Valencia fans are hoping he receives the sack – we expect the Spanish tactician to win this weekend against Real Valladolid and keep his job at the Mestalla.
Defeated in midweek to Sporting Gijon, Valencia looked tired and clueless as they lost out to the Segunda side. Valladolid will provide a sturn test for the mid-table side.
5. Sevilla to beat Athletic again….
Pablo Machin’s side made easy work of the Basque side at San Mames earlier this week in Copa action and we expect the away side to do the same again as they meet once more in the league.
Goals from Nolito, Andre Silva and Wissam Ben Yedder cancelled out Mikel San Jose’s goal – and the scoreline could ring the same come the end of the weekend.