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La Liga Match Day 12 Review – Brilliant Betis win at Camp Nou

La Liga Match Day 12 Review – Brilliant Betis win at Camp Nou

This remarkable season took another strange twist this weekend as Betis went to Camp Nou and claimed a fine win in a 7-goal thriller against Barcelona. The Madrid giants took advantage (just about) in two other high-scoring games while there was an important win for Valencia and 3 more points for both Sevilla and Alaves, who both continued their bright starts. Here was the best of the action from match-day 12 in La Liga:


La Liga Match Day 12 Results, Expected Goals & Highlights

Friday 9th November 2018

Levante 1-3 Real Sociedad (xG 1.06-1.4)

Saturday 10th November 2018

Valladolid 0-0 Eibar (xG 0.41-1.29)

Getafe 0-1 Valencia (xG 1.66-2.11)

Atletico Madrid 3-2 Athletic Bilbao (xG 1.05-1.69)

Girona 0-0 Leganes (xG 0.52-1.36)

Sunday 11th November 2018

Alaves 2-1 Huesca (xG 1.38-0.98)

Barcelona 3-4 Real Betis (xG 4.08-2.37)

Sevilla 2-1 Espanyol (xG 3.93-1.31)

Rayo Vallecano 2-2 Villarreal (xG 2.36-0.96)

Celta Vigo 2-4 Real Madrid (xG 0.92-2.57)

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La Liga Match Day 11 Review – A weekend of Late Drama

La Liga Match Day 11 Review – A weekend of Late Drama

There was a clear theme of late goals this weekend in La Liga, with 10 scored after the 80th minute. Most of those goals had a direct bearing on the outcome of those games and resulted in late heartbreak for some of the division’s struggling sides as new-boys Huesca and Rayo Vallecano were denied what would have been crucial victories. Here was the best of the action from week 11:


La Liga Match Day 11 Results, Expected Goals & Highlights

Saturday 3rd November 2018

Leganes 1-1 Atletico Madrid (xG 1.35-0.4)

Real Madrid 2-0 Real Valladolid (xG 1.72-1.0)

Valencia 0-1 Girona (xG 2.58-0.38)

Rayo Vallecano 2-3 Barcelona (xG 1.71-1.98)

Sunday 4th November 2018

Eibar 2-1 Alaves (xG 1.21-1.04)

Villarreal 1-1 Levante (xG 1.16-0.94)

Huesca 1-1 Getafe (xG 1.34-0.44)

Real Sociedad 0-0 Sevilla (xG 0.72-0.40)

Real Betis 3-3 Celta Vigo (xG 1.79-1.69)

Monday 5th November 2018

Espanyol 1-0 Athletic Bilbao (xG 1.39-0.45)

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La Liga Match Day 10 Review – Barca thump Real 5-1 in El Clásico

La Liga Match Day 10 Review – Barca thump Real 5-1 in El Clásico

Another weekend in La Liga, fresh misery for Julen Lopetegui and Real Madrid. You know the drill by now. This time what will surely prove to be the very final nail in his coffin was hammered in as Los Blancos sank to a heavy defeat in el clasico, a result that saw Barca ease to the top of La Liga and open up a 7 point advantage for Real Madrid. Elsewhere there was a victory for Atleti over Sociedad and another impressive late win for Alaves who stay 2nd. Here was the best of week 10:


La Liga Match Day 10 Results, Expected Goals & Highlights

Friday 26th October 2018

Real Valladolid 1-1 Espanyol (xG 1.31-0.51)

Saturday 27th October 2018

Girona 2-1 Rayo Vallecano (xG 2.89-1.75)

Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Valencia (xG 0.63-0.91)

Levante 2-0 Leganes (xG 1.44-1.43)

Celta Vigo 4-0 Eibar (xG 1.23-1.6)

Atletico Madrid 2-0 Real Sociedad (xG 1.42-0.21)

Sunday 28th October 2018

Getafe 2-0 Real Betis (xG 2.16-0.52)

Barcelona 5-1 Real Madrid (xG 3.15-2.15)

Alaves 2-1 Villarreal (xG 1.87-1.09)

Sevilla 2-1 Huesca (xG 1.73-0.98)

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La Liga Match Day 9 Review – Real Madrid lose again as Top Six takes unlikely Shape

La Liga Match Day 9 Review – Real Madrid lose again as Top Six takes unlikely Shape

La Liga produced more upsets this weekend as Real Madrid’s misery continued with another shock defeat. While Barcelona did ultimately regain top spot, we will head into week 10 with Espanyol, Alaves and Real Valladolid all in the top six and all above Los Blancos, not to mention the likes of Valencia, Villarreal and Athletic Bilbao, who are struggling in the wrong half. Here were the results and main talking points from match-day 9:


La Liga Match Day 9 Results, Expected Goals & Highlights

Friday 19th October 2018

Celta Vigo 0-1 Alaves (xG 1.0-1.16)

Saturday 20th October 2018

Real Madrid 1-2 Levante (xG 2.96-1.78)

Valencia 1-1 Leganes (xG 1.18-0.97)

Villarreal 1-1 Atletico Madrid (xG 1.81-1.58)

Barcelona 4-2 Sevilla (xG 2.98-2.11)

Sunday 21st October 2018

Rayo Vallecano 1-2 Getafe (xG 0.32-0.53)

Eibar 1-1 Athletic Bilbao (xG 1.71-1.00)

Huesca 0-2 Espanyol (xG 0.29-1.90)

Real Betis 0-1 Real Valladolid (xG 0.82-0.51)

Monday 22nd October 2018

Real Sociedad 0-0 Girona (xG 0.6-0.55)

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La Liga Match Day 8 Review – Alaves stun Los Blancos as Sevilla go Top

La Liga Match Day 8 Review – Alaves stun Los Blancos as Sevilla go Top

The most open and unpredictable start to a La Liga season in years continued this weekend as Real Madrid’s goal drought continued as they slipped to a miserable 1-0 defeat at Alaves. There was a big derby win for Sociedad, a draw in the big game of the weekend at the Mestalla while it’s Sevilla who head into the international break on top spot. Here is the best of match day 8 in La Liga:


La Liga Match Day 8 Results, Expected Goals & Highlights

Friday 5th October 2018

Athletic Bilbao 1-3 Real Sociedad (xG 1.08-2.11)

Saturday 6th October 2018

Girona 2-3 Eibar (xG 1.55-2.13)

Getafe 0-1 Levante (xG 1.05-0.88)

Alaves 1-0 Real Madrid (xG 0.95-0.84)

Leganes 1-0 Rayo Vallecano (xG 1.4-0.21)

Sunday 7th October 2018

Real Valladolid 1-0 Huesca (xG 0.94-0.82)

Atletico Madrid 1-0 Real Betis (xG 0.56-0.27)

Espanyol 3-1 Villarreal (xG 2.73-1.64)

Sevilla 2-1 Celta Vigo (xG 1.91-0.89)

Valencia 1-1 Barcelona (xG 1.42-0.37)

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La Liga Match Day 7 Review – Madrid Derby Stalemate, Barca slip up & Worrying Scenes at Eibar

La Liga Match Day 7 Review – Madrid Derby Stalemate, Barca slip up & Worrying Scenes at Eibar

Another La Liga match-day has gone by and again it saw Real Madrid and Barcelona both drop points. Suddenly there are some genuine reasons for concern at both Camp Nou and the Bernabeu. It’s perhaps too early to start talking about a wide open title race but Atletico Madrid and perhaps even Sevilla the way they have been playing will fancy they can get into the mix. It was also another weekend where the mere safety of stadiums in La Liga was brought into question with a serious incident at Eibar leading to several visiting supporters sustaining injuries.


La Liga Match Day 7 Results, Expected Goals & Highlights

Friday

Rayo Vallecano 2-2 Espanyol (xG 1.23-1.79)

Saturday

Real Sociedad 0-1 Valencia (xG 1.12-0.92)

Barcelona 1-1 Athletic Bilbao (xG 3.06-0.89)

Eibar 1-3 Sevilla (xG 0.56-1.99)

Real Madrid 0-0 Atletico Madrid (xG 1.14-0.66)

Sunday

Huesca 1-1 Girona (xG 1.61-1.81)

Villarreal 0-1 Real Valladolid (xG 2.91-0.85)

Levante 2-1 Alaves (xG 1.37-0.7)

Real Betis 1-0 Leganes (xG 2.09-0.41)

Monday

Celta Vigo 1-1 Getafe (xG 0.44-1.24)

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La Liga Match Day 6 Review – Barcelona & Real Madrid beaten on Same Night

La Liga Match Day 6 Review – Barcelona & Real Madrid beaten on Same Night

Just when La Liga’s title race was already threatening to become a two-horse affair, match day 6 reminded everyone just how unpredictable and exciting the Spanish top flight can be. Most of the action came on a remarkable Wednesday evening with the big guns both falling to defeats on the road with some fairly horrendous defending leading to their downfall.


La Liga Match Day 6 Results, Expected Goals & Highlights

Tuesday

Espanyol 1-0 Eibar (xG 0.9-0.2)

Real Sociedad 2-2 Rayo Vallecano (xG 1.24-1.78)

Atletico Madrid 3-0 Huesca (xG 1.16-0.5)

Wednesday

Leganes 2-1 Barcelona (xG 1.18-0.4)

Athletic Bilbao 0-3 Villarreal (xG 0.75-2.45)

Sevilla 3-0 Real Madrid (xG 1.04-0.4)

Valencia 1-1 Celta Vigo (xG 2.29-1.55)

Thursday

Real Valladolid 2-1 Levante (xG 1.25-1.10)

Alaves 1-1 Getafe (xG 1.65-1.21)

Girona 0-1 Real Betis (xG 0.83-1.56)

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LLE @ the Games – Atletico Madrid vs Huesca

LLE @ the Games – Atletico Madrid vs Huesca

Can Atletico Madrid win La Liga?LLE @ the Games - Atletico Madrid vs Huesca

DATE/TIME – Tuesday 25th September 2018, 22:00

STADIUM – Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid

COMPETITION – La Liga

On the banks of the Rio Manzanares sits one of the great cathedrals of Spanish football. Over a year has now passed since the Vicente Calderon closed its doors for the final time but the stadium still stands tall and continues to bear the words ‘CLUB ATLETICO DE MADRID’ in big bold letters on top of one its stands. It appears in almost exactly the same state it was the last time it hosted football, minus a bit of rust and the disappearance of the majority of its seats.

It’s late September, the onset of Autumn is well underway in most of Europe but the sun is shining past 7:00 pm in Madrid on what is a distinctly summery evening. The paths along the riverbank are full of cyclists and scantily clad joggers while children play on the nearby swings. Five or six storey apartment blocks surround the Calderon on both sides of the Manzanares, not one of Europe’s most memorable city rivers with low water levels and numerous grassy patches but it still holds a special place in the hearts of followers of Atletico Madrid. The stadium is located quite literally in the heart of the community, a staunchly Atleti part of town where few are tempted by the glitz and glamour of Real Madrid, a distant 7km away in an altogether more upscale and on the surface enticing neighbourhood.

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La Liga Match Day 5 Review – Barca slip up at home, Alaves & Sevilla go goal-crazy away plus 7 red cards!

La Liga Match Day 5 Review – Barca slip up at home, Alaves & Sevilla go goal-crazy away plus 7 red cards!

It was an eventful weekend in La Liga with some surprisingly one-sided matches, for once not involving either Barcelona or Real Madrid, who were both made to work very hard at home. There was no shortage of controversy with 7 red cards across the 10 fixtures and the weekend ended with the top two level on points again and Alaves surprisingly riding high in 3rd having strung together three straight victories.


La Liga Match Day 5 Results, Expected Goals & Highlights

Friday

Huesca 0-1 Real Sociedad (xG 0.57-0.2)

Saturday

Rayo Vallecano 1-5 Alaves (xG 1.08-1.25)

Eibar 1-0 Leganes (xG 1.78-0.78)

Celta Vigo 3-3 Real Valladolid (xG 2.13-2.16)

Getafe 0-2 Atletico Madrid (xG 0.58-1.48)

Real Madrid 1-0 Espanyol (xG 1.09-0.42)

Sunday

Levante 2-6 Sevilla (xG 2.25-3.4)

Villarreal 0-0 Valencia (xG 0.48-0.38)

Real Betis 2-2 Athletic Bilbao (xG 1.55-0.95)

Barcelona 2-2 Girona (xG 1.68-1.55)

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La Liga Match Day 4 Review – Madrid giants slip up as Barca win at the new Anoeta

La Liga Match Day 4 Review – Madrid giants slip up as Barca win at the new Anoeta

La Liga returned from the international break with some really tasty fixtures, most notably in the Basque Country where Real Madrid travelled to Bilbao while Barcelona were in San Sebastian. Read on for highlights, headlines, expected goals and more from the fourth match-day.


La Liga Match Day 4 Results, Expected Goals & Highlights

Friday

Huesca 0-1 Rayo Vallecano (xG 1.67-1.21)

Saturday

Atletico Madrid 1-1 Eibar (xG 2.47-1.21)

Real Sociedad 1-2 Barcelona (xG 1.48-1.76)

Valencia 0-0 Real Betis (xG 1.05-1.22)

Athletic Bilbao 1-1 Real Madrid (xG 1.45-1.96)

Sunday

Leganes 0-1 Villarreal (xG 1.22-0.53)

Espanyol 1-0 Levante (xG 1.62-0.69)

Real Valladolid 0-1 Alaves (xG 1.10-0.85)

Sevilla 0-2 Getafe  (xG 1.08-2.13)

Monday

Girona 3-2 Celta Vigo (xG 1.72-0.9)

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