Welcome to our short preview ahead of Round 12′ fixtures in La Liga this coming weekend, predicting the five things that we expect to happen.
Messi to score and Barcelona to win
Barcelona haven’t been brilliant this season but they remain unbeaten and sit pretty at the of the La Liga standings ahead of second placed Valencia.
Whilst the Catalan side do struggle after the international break; it is expected that Ernesto Valverde’s side will beat Leganes, who have dipped in form following their impressive start following promotion.
The Estadio Municipal de Butarque will be the venue on Saturday afternoon and we firmly expect Lionel Messi to score and add to his impressive tally of 12 league goals this season.
A win would heap more pressure on the chasing pack and put heavy pressure on the Madrid derby between Atletico and Real on Saturday evening.
Ronaldo to bounce back
It simply has not been Ronaldo’s season – so far. The Portuguese international finished last season helping his side win the Champions League and the La Liga title, but one league goal this season has seen Madrid struggle.
An improvement in results has largely been down to the form of Isco and Marco Asensio, but we firmly expect Ronaldo to bounce back into life against Diego Simeone’s side on Saturday.
Simeone’s men have struggled to find the back of the net with Antoine Griezmann lacking goals, having scored his last goal in September.
Valencia to beat Espanyol
Marcelino Garcia Toral’s side are not going to falter, or are they?
A strange statement over the international break from owner Peter Lim and his company has left fans angry, and whilst many believe his comments could affect their form and the general atmosphere at present – we expect them to beat Quique Sanchez Flores’ side at the weekend.
Valencia sit second and remain unbeaten, whilst Espanyol have been indifferent, winning three, drawing four and losing four.
Real Betis to be involved in GOALS
One thing is for sure with Quique Setien’s Betis – they are entertaining.
A 4-4 draw with Real Sociedad last month came prior to a 6-3 defeat at the hands of Valencia, meaning they have scored 21 and conceded 20 this season.
They meet Eibar on Monday evening, who have scored just six goals and conceded 25 goals.
Malaga to be re-born
Much has been said about Michel’s luck at keeping the hot seat at Malaga but a win last time out at home against Celta Vigo has left fans encouraged.
A 2-0 defeat to Villarreal prior to the international break saw them drop points but we expect them to beat Deportivo on Sunday.
Whilst a win could move Malaga off the bottom, a defeat for their Galician opponents could see them get into a relegation battle themselves.