4 issues to look out for in Spain’s Matchday 6 | Sports activities
MADRID – La Liga is again in motion this weekend with a full spherical of video games which sees a ‘household feud’ in Madrid, whereas Barcelona faces a tough take a look at at Getafe and Atletico Madrid seems to be for the path to objective in opposition to a rival in want of factors.
1. Household feud in Madrid
Actual Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane’s most important downside forward of Saturday’s recreation at dwelling to Cadiz is deciding who will play at right-back, with Dani Carvajal and Alvaro Odriozola each injured. He tried winger Lucas Vazquez within the position throughout coaching this week, however the doubtless resolution is for utility defender Nacho Fernandez to cowl as he did a fortnight in the past away to Levante.
If Nacho performs, he’ll come head to head together with his brother Alex, who’s a mainstay within the Cadiz midfield after beginning his profession within the Madrid youth system after which becoming a member of Espanyol.
Cadiz is big underdog for the match however should not be written off solely after successful its first two away video games of the season.
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2. Getafe a tricky take a look at for Barca
Barcelona appeared flat in its final recreation earlier than the worldwide break and coach Ronald Koeman will hope his gamers are at their finest to get previous a Getafe staff that has begun the brand new marketing campaign by exhibiting the identical sturdy virtues which have characterised Jose Bordalas’ time in cost.
Worryingly for Koeman, Ansu Fati dissatisfied barely on worldwide responsibility whereas Antoine Griezmann implied he’s happier with France that working with the Dutchman. On high of that, Miralem Pjanic returned from worldwide responsibility with a knock, and Francisco Trincao wants a PCR take a look at after being on worldwide responsibility with Cristiano Ronaldo, who has examined optimistic for COVID-19.
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3. Atletico wants objectives whereas Oscar seems to be over his shoulder
Atletico Madrid was one of many huge disappointments within the final two matches earlier than the worldwide break, as they hardly mustered a shot on course in 0-0 attracts in opposition to Huesca and Villarreal, as soon as once more elevating questions over their capability to problem for the title.
Since then, Thomas Partey has joined Arsenal and though Lucas Torreira moved the opposite method, dropping Partey will take additional drive from Atletico’s midfield, and coach Diego Simeone will hope that Luis Suarez has moved nearer to full health prior to now 14 days.
It is not all roses in Vigo both, the place one other disappointing begin to the season has raised questions over the way forward for coach Oscar Garcia. If Atletico can rediscover its path to objective on Saturday, Oscar is a candidate to lose his job.
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4. Contrasting moods in east coast derby
There will probably be contrasting moods among the many Villarreal and Valencia squads within the east coast derby on Sunday. Though Villarreal will probably be with out the injured Spain striker Gerard Moreno and left-back Pervis Estupinan, Valencia makes the brief journey up the coast in turmoil after a global break which noticed coach Javi Gracia threaten to resign over a scarcity of signings this summer time.
Gracia solely stayed after the membership advised him he must pay three million euros in compensation, however any calm was ended on Thursday when midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia launched an assault on the membership administrators on social media, accusing them of “tricking Gracia and tricking me.”
Former Valencia duo Dani Parejo and Francis Coquelin, who each joined Villarreal this summer time and will each face their former membership, will probably be pondering they actually did the appropriate factor.