It was an eventful weekend in Spain as La Liga returned following the international break. Valencia headed to Camp Nou just days after sacking Marcelino, Eden Hazard made his debut for Real Madrid meanwhile Sevilla and Atletico Madrid were in action aiming to clinch top spot. Here was the best of the action from La Liga matchday 4:
La Liga Matchday 4 Results, Expected Goals & Highlights
Friday 13th September 2019
Mallorca 0-0 Athletic Club (xG 2.19-1.39)
Saturday 14th September 2019
Real Madrid 3-2 Levante (xG 3.31-1.81)
Leganes 0-3 Villarreal (xG 0.4-1.83)
Real Sociedad 2-0 Atletico Madrid (xG 2.09-1.07)
Barcelona 5-2 Valencia (xG 2.61-1.27)
Sunday 15th September 2019
Eibar 1-2 Espanyol (xG 0.57-1.65)
Alaves 0-1 Sevilla (xG 0.77-1.09)
Celta Vigo 0-2 Granada (xG 0.23-1.14)
Real Valladolid 1-1 Osasuna (xG 0.79-2.68)
Real Betis 1-1 Getafe (xG 1.00-1.49)
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Sociedad see off Atleti at new-look Anoeta
1 – Martin Ødegaard in the game against Atlético de Madrid:
3 shots – 2nd Real Sociedad
3 chances created – 2nd Real Sociedad (= Portu)
52 passes – 3rd Real Sociedad
36 passes in opp half – 1st of match (= Koke)
9 recoveries – 1st of match
— OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 16, 2019
There was a raucous atmosphere at Anoeta on Saturday afternoon in one of the pick of the games on La Liga matchday 4. Roared on by over 30,000 fans, at a much improved stadium with no more running track, Real Sociedad gave those that showed up plenty to cheer as they upset Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid. There was another fine performance from Martin Ødegaard who is really starting to show La Liga what he is made of. He got the opener courtesy of a big deflection before Nacho Monreal added a second soon afterwards to seal a 2-0 win for a Sociedad side who could be darkhorses for a top four push this season.
Fati scores again as Barca crush Celades’ Valencia
25th August: Ansu Fati makes his Barcelona debut
31st August: Ansu Fati scores his first Barcelona goal
14th September: Ansu Fati scores his first Camp Nou goal
14th September: Ansu Fati provides his first Barcelona assist
31st October: Ansu Fati will turn 17 years old pic.twitter.com/ABgv51BW5T
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 14, 2019
Another week and another goal for Barcelona’s prodigiously talented 16 year old Ansu Fati. With Leo Messi on the road to recovery and Luis Suarez coming off the bench to feature against Los Che, it’ll be interesting to see whether he will continue to feature much in this side when everyone is fit but Ernesto Valverde will be delighted with what he has seen by his young talent. Suarez also looked sharp with two late goals as Barca beat Valencia 5-2.
It was far from a dream start for Albert Celades who now has one hell of a job to stamp his authority on a dressing room that appears to remain loyal to his predecessor. He takes his Valencia side to Chelsea in midweek and it’ll be very interesting to see what the reaction is when Los Che are back at Mestalla for the home game with Leganes this coming weekend.
Read more – Barcelona’s youngest ever players.
Sevilla go top as Jordan strikes at Alaves
— Blog Dady (@BlogDady) September 16, 2019
Atleti’s slip-up meant no side in La Liga can any longer boast a 100% record. Sevilla have 10 points from a possible 12 though and top the table following a 1-0 win at Alaves. On a wet day in Vitoria, tensions spilled over at times, particularly in injury time when 4 players were booked for their part in a brawl. However Julen Lopetegui’s side managed to hang on for a hard-fought victory thanks to a goal from the ever so impressive Joan Jordan.
Real see off Levante comeback as Hazard makes Debut
There was a real game of two halves at the Bernabeu on Saturday lunch-time. LLE was in attendance to witness Los Blancos cruise into a 3-0 lead with James Rodriguez impressing in midfield for Real Madrid as Karim Benzema netted twice. However a sloppy Second Half showing let the Valencia club back into the match and Los Blancos were reliant on a late save from Thibaut Courtois to deny what would have been a remarkable point.
Matchday 4 in Numbers
- Sevilla have still only conceded 1 goal this season after 4 matches under Julen Lopetegui.
- Only 4 teams remain undefeated – Sevilla, Real Madrid, Athletic Club and Osasuna.
- All of Granada’s 9 goals this season have come away from home after their latest win in Vigo.
- The goalless draw in Palma on Friday produced 3.58 Expected Goals. Only 2 of the other 9 games produced more.
- 34,719 fans attended Real Sociedad’s win over Atletico Madrid – their best ever attendance at Anoeta.
4 tasty matches involving Spanish sides in the #UCL this coming week. Not sure where the myth that it was a boring draw started!
??????? Chelsea vs Valencia
?? Dortmund vs Barcelona
?? PSG vs Real Madrid
Atletico Madrid vs Juventus ??
How many ?? teams will win?
— LaLigaExpert (@LigaExpert) September 15, 2019
It’s a busy week of action in Europe. All of Spain’s participants have tough opening games in the group stages of the Champions League while Thursday will see Getafe, Espanyol and Sevilla enter the Europa League group stage. The league action returns on Friday with Osasuna playing host to Real Betis while Sevilla’s home game with Real Madrid is the pick of the weekend fixtures.