La Liga Match Centre News 

Barcelona 4-0 Deportivo: Hosts ease to victory ahead of El Clasico

Barcelona eased to a 4-0 victory at the Nou Camp against Deportivo De La Coruna, thanks to a brace from Luis Suarez and Paulinho. Barcelona were already three points clear from Valencia at the top of La Liga, but their victory tonight has doubled their advantage. Pre kick-off, Lionel Messi was awarded the 2016-17 Gold Shoe award. The ball was in the back of the Deportivo net after five mintues through Luis Suarez, but it was disallowed after Paco Alcacer, who had provided the assist was judged to be offside….

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Athletic Club 0-0 Real Sociedad: Points shares in Basque Derby

The points were shared between Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad in the Basque Derby, in a 0-0 draw at the San Mames on Saturday. One of the big talking points, before the game had even started, was the exclusion of 23-year-old Bilbao ‘keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who, earlier in the week had agreed a deal to sign for Real Madrid. Iago Herrerin took his place. The game had started in a quite scrappy manner, but it was Sociedad who had the first significant opportunity after 20 minutes, as Mikel Oyarzabal was…

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Fiery Basque Derby is ‘must win’ for both teams

The San Mames will host the Basque Derby between Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad on Saturday. Bilbao picked up their win since October last Sunday when they beat Levante 2-1 in a tight encounter, and will be hoping to continue their rise up the table as they currently sit in a rather disappointing 14th place. Things haven’t been as good for the San Sebastian side, who are without a win since beating Eibar early November, although they sit mid-table, in tenth. Last season, Bilbao got the better of their Basque…

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Levante 1-2 Athletic Bilbao: Basque’s back to winning ways in Valencia

Athletic Bilbao got their first win in nearly two months in Valencia, after beating Levante UD 2-1 at the Estadi Ciutat De Valencia. In an encounter which had a history for producing goals, it only took five minutes for the first one to go in, and it was via the penalty spot. Raul Garcia’s squared ball across goal presented Oscar De Marcos with a clear goal-scoring opportunity, but he was bought down by Ivan Lopez. It was the 36-year-old, veteran striker Aritz Aduriz who converted, despite Oier getting a finger-tip…

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Levante host Athletic Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao travel to Valencia to face Levante at the Estadi Ciutat De Valencia. Despite Los Leones winning their last two Europa League encounters against Zorya and Hertha Berlin, they have failed to win a La Liga match since the 14th October, after beating Sevilla 1-0. Los Granotes are La Liga newcomers, following their title success in La Liga Segunda Division last season. They are currently sat in 14th, two positions above Bilbao who will be extremely disappointed with their start to their campaign. Iker Muniain is still a long-term…

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Chelsea 1-1 Atletico Madrid: Visitors down and out in London

Atletico Madrid suffered a Champions League group-stage exit after a 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Diego Simeone made three changes to the side that beat Real Sociedad, by replacing Diego Godin, Angel Correa and Kevin Gamerio with Stefan Savic, Lucas Hernandez and Fernando Torres. Antonio Conte also made three changes to his side that had beaten Newcastle. Antonio Rudiger, Danny Drinkwater and Marcos Alonso were replaced with Gary Cahill, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Davide Zappacosta. Although Atletico were dominating the possession, it was Chelsea who had the majority of…

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Preview: Chelsea v Atletico Madrid

Last season’s semi-finalists Atletico Madrid, are on the verge of a group-stage exit, unless two permutations are met. Atletico Madrid travel to London to face Chelsea, who are already guaranteed qualification – meaning, Madrid must pick up all three points at Stamford Bridge. Furthermore, Madrid will also need Azerbaijan side FC Qarabag, to avoid a defeat against Roma in the Italian capital. For Chelsea, David Luiz, Charly Musonda, Kenedy and Michy Batshuayi will all be doubtful for Tuesday’s encounter, but could feature on the substitutes bench. On Saturday, Chelsea got…

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