La Liga Preview Matchweek 9

By  Umair Asif - 21 October 2016

The added intrigue of midweek fixtures in the European round has made the teams a bit tired but the excitement will remain the same when La Liga recommences with Matchweek 9. The top four will be in action, and since Sevilla will b e facing the leaders, Atletico Madrid, get ready for a nasty outcome. Also, it will be Valencia hosting Barça, a team that has thrashed the English giants, Man City, in the Champions League; however, the team is also facing some serious injury woes. Anyhow, the Spanish sides enjoyed pleasant outings in the European competitions during the midweek and will be aiming to continue the good run.

The league is looking quite congested and we can predict as to which team will drop points and which side will hold on to their spot. Whatever the outcome might be, the extravaganza promises many surprises. Here is the preview of La Liga Matchweek 9.

Fixture of the Week

Sevilla v Atletico Madrid

It will be the third seed versus the first seed with Sevilla hosting Atletico Madrid on Saturday. The clash has its history but the vitality it holds in the current scenario is impeccable. Two managers with different styles of play will be up against each other. Sevilla have been impressive so far and have exploited every opportunity to hold on firmly to the third spot. However, with Barça chasing closely, winning every tie and going 100% is important for Jorge Sampaoli’s side. Atletico, on the other hand, have yet to lose a match in the league and will be aiming to retain their unbeaten run, extending it to 9 matches. All in all, the clash will be vital in clearing the congestion at the top.

Valencia v Barcelona

Barcelona are having an on-and-off season so far but the impressive win over Man City in the Champions League must have helped the side regain confidence. Secondly, losing anymore points will move the title further away from their reach. So, we can expect MSN to be on their toes and see another remarkable performance form Messi & Co. Oh wait a second!  It’s Valencia up against Barça and that too away from home. Valencia had a miserable start to the season but they have picked up the pace. Also, this tie holds immense importance and has a rich history. With 3 consecutive wins, Valencia won’t be an easy opponent for Barça to beat.

Team Talking

Villarreal

Villarreal is the side without a defeat so far in La Liga this season along with Real and Atletico Madrid. However, the proportion of draws and wins is equal which means they grab a point at least. Well, currently the team is sitting at the fourth spot with equal points with Barça and what they really need to do is convert their draws into victories. The squad is quite balanced and they are a side with immense competitiveness instilled in them. With Las Palmas next up, a win can be crucial for Villarreal’s Champions League hopes.

Player to Look At

Luis Suarez

The joint highest goal scorer of La Liga, Luis Suarez, has been the main man for Barça since his joining from Liverpool and is an important component of MSN. Despite failing to score in the Champions League, Suarez has been prolific in the domestic competition netting 6 goals so far. In any case, if Barça have to retain their Spanish Crown, then Suarez will be the key man along with Messi and Neymar. 

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