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La Liga on Saturday: Barcelona face Levante; Madrid host Real Betis

La Liga on Saturday: Barcelona face Levante; Madrid host Real Betis

With the midweek games now complete, attention turns to the next round of La Liga fixtures on Saturday which sees some mouth watering ties including Real Madrid versus Real Betis.

The first tie of the day will see Espanyol host Valencia with then home side in desperate need of a victory, sitting second from bottom in the current league standings.

Just one win in their last five, matched with seven defeats in their opening 11 games have left many questionning what is in store for the Barcelona based side this term.

Los Che arrive having fought back to claim a point against Sevilla in mid-week at the Mestalla. Albert Celades’ side have slowly started to improve but still very much lack a finishing touch.

A win for the visitors could see them push up to seventh place before the remainder of the fixtures are played this weekend.

Levante will then host Barcelona, who have picked up their form in the league with Lionel Messi in particular good form.

Ernesto Valverde’s side are expected to rest a number of players, given the upcoming fixture dilemma which will have the postponed El Clasico in the mix.

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Ousmane Dembele has been left out of the Barca squad but 17-year-old Ansu Fati has been included.

Levante, sit mid-table and head into this one with a superb away win over Real Sociedad in midweek thanks to goals from Enis Bardhi and Borja Mayoral.

The evening action then begins with a superb clash at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan as Sevilla face Atletico Madrid.

Both of these sides saw their leads pegged back in the week and were held to a draw by Valencia and Alaves, respectively – so both will be eager to get a win and keep up the pace with Barca.

Either side could go top if results go their way in the other Saturday games.

To finish the action on Saturday, Real Madrid will host Real Betis, knowing too well about the dangers that the Andalusian side possess.

That being said, Betis have struggled this term and currently sit 16th in the league table. A win for Los Blancos will put the pressure on Barca ahead of that aforementioned El Clasico tie in December.