This was supposed to the weekend of the Clásico but events in Catalonia prompted a somewhat controversial decision to postpone the game and that at least gave some of La Liga’s lesser-likes the chance to shine in the absence of the ‘big two’. Granada had the chance to go top while Real Sociedad, Villarreal, Sevilla and Valencia were all hoping to close ground on the leaders. Here was the best of the action from La Liga matchday 10:
La Liga Matchday 10 Results, Expected Goals & Highlights
Friday 25th October 2019
Villarreal 4-1 Alaves (xG 2.56-0.59)
Saturday 26th October 2019
Barcelona vs Real Madrid (POSTPONED – Scheduled for 18th December)
Leganes 1-0 Mallorca (xG 1.79-0.86)
Real Valladolid 2-0 Eibar (xG 1.95-0.40)
Atletico Madrid 2-0 Athletic Club (xG 1.95-0.33)
Sunday 27th October 2019
Celta Vigo 0-1 Real Sociedad (xG 0.85-0.97)
Granada 1-0 Real Betis (xG 1.62-0.68)
Levante 0-1 Espanyol (xG 0.33-0.93)
Sevilla 2-0 Getafe (xG 2.14-0.63)
Osasuna 3-1 Valencia (xG 3.09-0.84)
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Granada go top of La Liga for the first time ever!
They were only promoted from the second tier in the summer
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) October 27, 2019
If there was any doubt before, Granada firmly established themselves as the story of the season so far with a 1-0 win over Andalusian rivals Real Betis on Sunday. Alvaro Vadillo’s goal an hour in proved decisive as Granada held on despite a late rally from the visitors. The postponement of Saturday’s Clasico was partly the reason why the opportunity presented itself for Granada to take top spot but that kind of pressure can sometimes weigh heavily on sides in such a position but they handled it excellently.
As for Betis, these are worrying times with Rubi’s decision to leave out the likes of Marc Bartra, Borja Iglesias and Joaquin failing to pay off. They remain in the drop-zone heading into a crunch home game against fellow strugglers Celta Vigo on Thursday.
Free-scoring Villarreal outline their top six Credentials
— OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 25, 2019
The race for the top four in La Liga this season is shaping up to be a fascinating one and Villarreal have certainly thrown their hat into the ring with a lively start. The Yellow Submarine hammered Alaves 4-1 on Friday night and are now the division’s highest scorers. Karl Toko Ekambi bagged a brace in the match while Gerard Moreno added his 7th of the season to move level with Loren Moron in the Pichichi race.
Leganes claim their first Win
Goal: Braithwaite (1-0, 31’).
Stadium: Estadio Municipal de Butarque.
Huge win for Leganés, their first of the season, and a great atmosphere at Butarque with fans who believe they can survive. pic.twitter.com/7vWp3gHVBw
— Sam Leveridge (@samleveridge) October 26, 2019
Five days on from dismissing Mauricio Pellegrino, Leganes claimed a vital three points in what felt like a ‘must win’ home game against Mallorca. Under caretaker management, Martin Braithwaite’s 1st Half goal was enough to see off the Balearic Islanders who came crashing back down to earth with something of a bump having so impressively upset Real Madrid on matchday 9.
Osasuna ease past Valencia
El Sadaar is a Fortress for Osasuna.
30 games unbeaten there and they have already played the leagues highest goalscorers in Villarreal, the Champions Barca, last seasons 4th place Valencia and they are still undefeated at El Sadar. pic.twitter.com/QM74wdvlI7
— Lavogez (@captainkoke) October 27, 2019
The final game of the weekend came from El Sadar where Osasuna were hoping to extend their unbeaten home league run of more than 18 months. The early signs weren’t good as Rodrigo Moreno put Valencia in front but just about everything went wrong for Los Che from that point on. Rodrigo went from hero to villain as he saw red with less than half an hour on the clock.
Osasuna went on to totally dominate the game with 29 shots to their illustrious opponents’ 3 and were very good value for their 3-1 win. The Pamplona side jump above Valencia and into 8th as a result and much like Granada they are really enjoying life back in the top flight.
Matchday 10 in Numbers
- Villarreal are now the top scorers in La Liga with 24 goals – that’s 8 more than Real Madrid and 14 more than Atleti.
- Despite the loss of several key defenders, Atletico Madrid have conceded just 5 goals in 10 matches this season in La Liga, the best record of any team.
- Leaders Granada have 20 points from their opening 10 games – the same number they attained in the entire 2016-17 season when they were relegated to the Segunda.
- No side has picked up more away points than Real Sociedad (10) after their 1-0 win in Vigo on Sunday.
- Mallorca are the only side with 0 away points after their loss at Leganes.
La Liga returns with a full midweek fixture list which commences on Tuesday night with Atletico Madrid and Barcelona both in action. There are a couple of intriguing games on Wednesday with Sevilla visiting the Mestalla while fellow strugglers Real Betis and Celta Vigo meet in a huge game for two under-pressure coaches. The midweek action concludes on Thursday with Granada hoping to extend their stay in 1st away against Getafe.