2019/20 La Liga Matchday 7 Review – Madrid Derby Stalemate & a Thriller at the RSP

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Valencia travel to the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday night.

Six straight days of La Liga action concluded on Sunday night with an entertaining game between top four hopefuls Sevilla and Real Sociedad. It certainly eclipsed the Madrid derby draw on Saturday night but it wasn’t the only talking point this weekend. Here was the best of the action from La Liga matchday 7:

La Liga Matchday 7 Results, Expected Goals & Highlights

Friday 27th September 2019

Villarreal 5-1 Real Betis (xG 2.96-0.67)

Saturday 28th September 2019

Athletic Club 0-1 Valencia (xG 1.05-2.11)

Getafe 0-2 Barcelona (xG 1.08-1.31)

Granada 1-0 Leganes (xG 0.72-0.99)

Atletico Madrid 0-0 Real Madrid (xG 0.82-0.38)

Sunday 29th September 2019

Espanyol 0-2 Real Valladolid (xG 0.95-2.13)

Eibar 2-0 Celta Vigo (xG 1.03-0.83)

Alaves 2-0 Real Mallorca (xG 1.84-0.17)

Levante 1-1 Osasuna (xG 1.55-0.76)

Sevilla 3-2 Real Sociedad (xG 1.60-0.77)

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Madrid Clubs cancel each other out

There was stalemate on Saturday in Madrid as the two big guns from the capital played out a typically cagey derby match. There were few chances in the game with Los Blancos looking the more likely as the game went on but neither coach really seemed prepared to take the risk that may have led to the game being settled in either direction. The result would have been cheered in Barcelona as the Catalans took 2 points out of both club’s advantage.

It would also have been celebrated in Granada with the new boys up to 2nd following their home win over Leganes. They will take on Real Madrid in an unlikely top of the table clash next weekend.

A Sunday night Cracker in Seville

While the Madrid derby ultimately disappointed, there was no shortage of quality on display at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan on Sunday night. Top four hopefuls Real Sociedad and Sevilla clashed in a thrilling game which saw four goals of the highest quality scored. La Real took the lead early on but ultimately it was Sevilla who fought back to clinch an important 3-2 victory at the end of a testing week for Julen Lopetegui’s side who threw away a two goal lead to lose at Eibar on match-day 6 in midweek.

Barcelona finally win Away

Barcelona finally enjoyed a better away day in what could have been a tricky fixture against a Getafe side that hasn’t quite hit the heights they reached last year yet. Luis Suarez and Junior Firpo scored the goals, four minutes either side of Half-Time. However the Catalans were dealt a blow as Clement Lenglet saw red late on which leaves them short on defensive options for next weekend’s clash with Sevilla.

Matchday 7 in Numbers

  • Barcelona won away for the first time in over 5 months, since their 2-0 win at Alaves in April.
  • Athletic lost at home in La Liga for the first time in just short of 12 months since last season’s Basque derby. It was their 1st defeat under Gaizka Garitano in the league at San Mames.
  • Having conceded 5 at Villarreal, Betis now have La Liga’s worst defensive record with 15 goals conceded.
  • Villarreal are the top scorers after that match with 18 scored in 7 games.
  • Atleti have won just 1 of their 19 home league Madrid derbies against Real this century following Saturday’s draw.

Up Next…

There’s European action this week with 7 Spanish teams featuring in the Champions League and Europa League. La Liga returns on Friday night with Real Betis hosting Eibar at the Benito Villamarin. It’s 1st vs 2nd on Saturday at the Bernabeu as Real Madrid host surprise package Granada. The pick of fixtures on Sunday sees Barcelona meet Sevilla at Camp Nou.

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About Mark Sochon 2072 Articles
Mark is a freelance writer based in Madrid. He has been writing about Spanish football since 2014 and regularly attends and covers matches across Spain. His work has also been published by various newspapers and websites including These Football Times, World Soccer and Guardian Sport. Available for freelance work: marksochon (at) hotmail.co.uk

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