La Liga weekend preview | Gameweek 8 schedule
The eighth game-week of the La Liga transcends upon the footballing fraternity on the 4th of October when Real Betis play host to Eibar. The game pits the 15th placed side on the table against a team that find itself in 11th on the La Liga table.
On Saturday, Leganes and Levante get the action underway at the Estadio Municipal de Butarque with the former hoping to get its first victory. At this juncture, Leganes remain the only team not to register a win and they would be wanting to get that monkey off their back.
The next encounter sees Granada, the surprise package of the season, visit the Santiago Bernabeu in a top-of-the-table clash against Real Madrid. Zinedine Zidane's side currently holds a one-point advantage at the top. That could change if they taste defeat on Saturday.
Alaves and Villarreal travel to Valencia and Osasuna respectively in the succeeding matches on Saturday.
On Sunday, Mallorca welcome Espanyol with the hosts looking to escape from of the relegation zone. At present, the former has only managed four points in seven games, meaning that they are two points from safety.
Athletic Bilbao make the trip to Celta Vigo in the next fixture on Sunday as the Lions look to bounce back from their first defeat of the campaign.
Last season’s runners-up, Atletico Madrid travel to Real Valladolid as the Los Rojiblancos hope to bridge the gap between themselves and league leaders, Real Madrid.
Real Sociedad and Getafe lock horns next at the Anoeta as the Basque outfit looks to continue its impressive start to the term.
The game-week culminates with the marquee match of the weekend. Sevilla, under the stewardship of Julen Lopetegui, visit the Camp Nou as they hope to become the first team to strip points off Barcelona on their home turf.
Despite the Blaugrana’s blues on the road, the Catalan side has looked imperious at home, scoring 12 of their 16 goals at the Camp Nou.
Thus, the encounter boasts the potential to provide a wonderful spectacle for the onlookers, especially considering Sevilla’s propensity to play an attractive brand of football.Modified 21 Dec 2019, 00:40 IST