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Tuesday’s La Liga Preview: Atleti host Girona; Barca face relegation battlers Villarreal

Tuesday’s La Liga Preview: Atleti host Girona; Barca face relegation battlers Villarreal

Tuesday night sees three games in La Liga as Atletico Madrid host Girona, Barcelona face Villarreal and Espanyol meet Getafe.

Diego Simeone’s Atleti side struggled before the international break and allowed league leaders Barca to extend the gap to ten points, but a 4-0 win at the weekend over Alaves saw the Wanda Metropolitano make a statement and they are fully expected to beat Girona.

Eusebio Sacristain’s side have struggled to find consistency, losing at the weekend to Athletic Bilbao, but it has to be said that they are surprisingly better away from home, having beaten Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu this term.

Nothing but a win is needed for Atleti, who will have eyes firmly on Barca’s game with Villarreal later in the evening.

Ernesto Valverde’s side do not look like losing at the moment and that was evident against Espanyol on Saturday where Lionel Messi scored a brace to seal three more points on the road to retaining the league title.

Messi has now netted 31 league goals and is in formidable form and whilst many expected him to be rested for the trip to lowly Villarreal, Valverde has said he will not rotate heavily.

The home side are in desperate need of points having let the lead slip against Celta Vigo at the weekend and a win is a must against the Catalan visitors.

The third game of the night sees Espanyol host Getafe with the visitors looking to qualify for the Champions League this term.

A defeat for Jose Bordalas’s side at the weekend came as a surprise but they still hold a two point lead over fifth place Alaves.

Espanyol have been hit and miss this season but they always provide a stern test at the RCDE Stadium.