Real Madrid went into the weekend in top spot in La Liga but with some key men out ahead of their trip to Palma. Those absences proved costly as Mallorca pulled off a famous win to pull themselves out of the bottom three and leave the top of the table in a congested state with just three points separating the top six. Here was the best of the action from La Liga matchday 9:
La Liga Matchday 9 Results, Expected Goals & Highlights
Friday 18th October 2019
Granada 1-0 Osasuna (xG 0.36-0.66)
Saturday 19th October 2019
Eibar 0-3 Barcelona (xG 0.21-1.73)
Atletico Madrid 1-1 Valencia (xG 1.54-0.76)
Getafe 2-0 Leganes (xG 1.04-0.37)
Mallorca 1-0 Real Madrid (xG 0.25-0.81)
Sunday 20th October 2019
Alaves 2-0 Celta Vigo (xG 2.08-1.13)
Real Sociedad 3-1 Real Betis (xG 1.33-0.64)
Espanyol 0-1 Villarreal (xG 0.75-1.65)
Athletic Club 1-1 Real Valladolid (xG 1.51-0.67)
Sevilla 1-0 Levante (xG 2.58-0.46)
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Mallorca see off Los Blancos
Real Madrid slip to defeat against Mallorca ? pic.twitter.com/3nW2s5ZAFI
— Goal (@goal) October 19, 2019
It was a dark Saturday for Real Madrid as they sank to defeat against an inspired Real Mallorca side. The hosts, who let’s not forget were playing Segunda B football only 18 months ago, struck early thanks to a fine goal from Lago Junior. Real Madrid rarely threatened to turn the game around, creating only a few openings as they sank to defeat in Palma to surrender top spot.
The result only adds more pressure to what was always likely to be a make or break Champions League game away to Galatasaray on Tuesday night. The likes of Eden Hazard, Dani Carvajal and Raphael Varane should at least return to the side but Zidane may consider rotating in Palma, especially when he was already dealing with some enforced absences.
Griezmann impress as Barça go top
For the first time, Barcelona have Messi, Suarez and Griezmann on the scoresheet together in their match against Eibar. pic.twitter.com/P0Gf6FmVHI
— Atta Mensah Vincent (@Atta_Mensah_V) October 19, 2019
Barcelona are back on top of La Liga and the ease with which they saw off Eibar at Ipurua is certainly an ominous sign for the rest of the league. Leo Messi, Antoine Griezmann and Luis Suarez all started and all scored. That can only be good news for Ernesto Valverde’s men, particularly the performance of Griezmann who has struggled to make much impact in recent games. With the Clasico called off, Barcelona now have a run of fixtures which gives them a chance to put a decent winning streak together to clearly establish themselves as the firm favourites to defend their title.
Betis join Espanyol & Leganes in the bottom three
Betis fans, look away now…?
Today’s 3-1 defeat to Real Sociedad was Betis’ 15th loss in 30 LaLiga games in 2019 ❌
They’ve won only 34 points from a possible 90?
— La Liga Lowdown ???⚽️ (@LaLigaLowdown) October 20, 2019
There’s trouble for a number of teams at the bottom of La Liga. The bottom two both lost again with Pablo Machin failing to inspire Espanyol who have now lost all five of their home games this term. Leganes are still rooted at the bottom with just two points after defeat in the South Madrid derby at Leganes.
Pressure is also building on Real Betis boss Rubi after his side were well beaten by Real Sociedad meanwhile Celta Vigo coach Fran Esriba is perhaps the man most in danger of losing his job after the Galicians suffered a 2-0 defeat at Alaves.
Matchday 9 in Numbers
- Luuk de Jong scored his 1st goal for Sevilla in his 8th appearance.
- Loren Moron netted his 7th of the season for Real Betis to go clear on his own as La Liga’s top scorer.
- Dani Parejo is La Liga’s top scoring midfielder with 5 goals after his fine free-kick against Atleti – he has scored 38% of Valencia’s total this term.
- Real Madrid suffered their 1st league defeat of the season as La Liga’s final unbeaten record went.
- Real Betis have La Liga’s worst defensive record with 19 goals conceded, 4 more than the next worst team.
It’s matchday 3 in the Champions League and Europa League group stages this week with seven Spanish teams in action including Real Madrid who desperately need a win in Istanbul against Galatasaray after a slow start to the competition. La Liga returns on Friday night with Villarreal entertaining Alaves. The Clasico was scheduled for next weekend but has been postponed due to the current situation in Catalonia. As a result, Granada will go top if they beat Real Betis on Sunday.