TOP 5 LEAGUES – SPANISH LA LIGA MATCH DAY 8 PREVIEW

The Spanish La Liga enters her 8th match day with the stakes higher than ever. Real Madrid and FC Barcelona take the front foot in the proceedings with the both dropping points only once this season. With El Clasico just around the corner, it remains to see which teams would be top of La Liga after proceedings.

  • CD OSASUNA VS VALENCIA CF

Osasuna became the first team to chalk points off Real Madrid this season with an impressive 1-1 draw at the ‘Santiago Bernabeu’ and would head into this home tie against Valencia in high spirits as they seek to stretch their unbeaten run to three games. Valencia would be hoping to improve on their away form this season that has seen them earn just 1 point on the road this season. It promises to be an interesting match that could see lots of goals scored in it.

PREDICTION – OSASUNA 2 v 2 VALENCIA

  • UD ALMERIA VS RAYO VALLECANO S.A.D

Match Day seven saw Almeria lose 4-0 to Athletic Club to make it 4 consecutive league losses and seeing them further drop to the 18th position in the league. They welcome Rayo Vallecano to the ‘Power Horse Stadium’ as they chase their first win since match day three’s 2-1 win over Sevilla. Rayo Vallecano meet Almeria for the first time since their La Liga Segunda Division match and would be hoping to further compound the woes of the Joan Francesc tutored side as they try to move further away from their current 10th placed standing in the League.

PREDICTION – ALMERIA 1 v 2 RAYO VALLECANO

  • ATLETICO MADRID VS GIRONA FC

Atletico Madrid would be looking on improving on their impressive 2-0 away win over Sevilla at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium with an interesting encounter against Girona. Diego Simeone has overseen 5 draws out of the last 6 meetings with Girona in what would be a tricky encounter at Wanda Metropolitano. Girona would be looking for their first win in three matches when they make the trip to Madrid. There would be all to play for when these teams clash on Saturday afternoon with Atletico Madrid chasing a steady ring of positive performances with their inconsistency this season seeing them drop valuable points both in La Liga and Europe.

PREDICTION – ATLETICO MADRID 2 v 0 GIRONA

  • SEVILLA FC VS ATHLETIC CLUB BILBAO

It would be a match that pits two teams in contrasting forms as Sevilla whose home loss to Atletico Madrid seeing them drop to the 16th position with the Seville based club struggling to keep themselves afloat this season. Athletic Club on the other hand have enjoyed a brilliant start to the 2022/2023 La Liga season with team maintaining the 3rd position in the league and 3 points behind the Real Madrid and Barcelona pair whilst scoring 16 goals in the process as they begin an early charge that could very well end them in an European berth next season.

PREDICTION – SEVILLA 0 v 1 ATHLETIC CLUB

  • GETAFE CF VS REAL MADRID CF

Real Madrid would be looking to shake off their disappointing home draw to Osasuna in the league as they surrendered their 100 percent record in a game they should have won. They return to action with a trip to the ‘Coliseum Alfonso Perez’ to take on Getafe in a match Carlo Ancelotti and his side know a win is crucial to mount pressure on Barcelona, Last time Real Madrid were at this ground, they lost 1-0 and would be seeking not to let a repeat of that score line with El Clasico just around the corner. Getafe would be seeking to put distance between them and the relegation zone and have that opportunity when they face the defending champions.

PREDICTION – GETAFE 1 v 3 REAL MADRID

  • REAL VALLADOLID  CF VS REAL BETIS

Real Betis would seek to continue their impressive run with a trip to the ‘Jose Zorrilla Stadium’ next on their cards as Manuel Pellegrini  would seek to finish this match day still in the UCL spot on the La Liga log as they seek to make it 6 wins of a possible 7. Real Valladolid would seek to maintain their winning form after match day seven’s 3-2 win over Getafe ending a run of three consecutive defeats. Real Betis would go into this match as favorites with the team currently occupying the 4th place position in the Spanish La Liga.

PREDICTION – REAL VALLADOLID 0 v 2 REAL BETIS

  • CADIZ CF VS RCD ESPANYOL

Cadiz and Espanyol have both struggled to find their feet thus far in the league. Both teams have managed to gain just 4 points in their last 5 matches with Cadiz currently occupying the 19th position and Espanyol on 17th position. A win for either team would mean they push their way up the league in this feisty encounter at the ‘Estadio Nuevo Mirandilla’ where Espanyol would bank on getting all maximum points in this fixture away from home.

PREDICTION – CADIZ 1 v 1 ESPANYOL

  • REAL SOCIEDAD S.A.D VS VILLARREAL CF

Real Sociedad would hope to continue their 4 match winning streak in all competitions when they face Villarreal at the ‘Anoeta Stadium’ in a match that promises to have lots of goals in it. Villarreal would be seeking to return to winning ways after league draws with Cadiz and Sevilla in a feisty encounter that would surely demand from both players as they seek to replicate their European form in the league after a string of inconsistent results seem to have blighted their season.\

PREDICTION – REAL SOCIEDAD 2 v 2 VILLARREAL

  • FC BARCELONA VS RC CELTA VIGO

Barcelona would be looking to make it 7 straight victories on a stretch in the league with the ‘Catalan Giants’ having a great time in the league since match day one’s drab 0-0 draw with Rayo Vallecano. They head into this tricky home tie versus Celta Vigo knowing a win would still keep them on the top position in La Liga. Celta Vigo have had a mix of form winning 3 of 7 matches and would look to keep being a thorn in the flesh for Barcelona with this tie being known to spring off insane scorelines.

PREDICTION – BARCELONA 3 v 2 CELTA VIGO

  • ELCHE CF VS RCD MALLORCA

Winless and still rooted to the foot of the table is Elche who have managed to pick up a single point all season (match day 2 vs Almeria 1-1) as they find themselves falling in rapid decline and need to spring up series of good results nor they make find themselves in  a situation that may be too complex. Mallorca would need to win to move further up the table in this tightly contested duel and could add misery by inflicting on Elche a 6th consecutive defeat.

PREDICTION –  ELCHE 1 v 2 RCD MALLORCA

The Spanish La Liga count the days until the El Clasico as the teams continue to fight till the death as players and teams continue to jostle for Spain’s top prize.

RIDDLER ZLATAN-HARDIZ

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