In other clashes, reigning champions Barcelona face in-form Levante while Real Madrid will be tested against Real Betis.
Further dramatic twists and turns are expected as a super exciting 2019-20 title race continue this weekend in the LaLiga Gameweek 12.
With the games coming thick and fast and things so tight among the top six, there are sure to be more ups and downs towards the top of the table, as big boys Barcelona and Real Madrid deal with challengers including this season’s surprise package Granada.
Barça captain Lionel Messi was sublime as he scored two goals and made two more for 5-1 victory over Real Valladolid at the Camp Nou, the Blaugrana outfit’s fifth straight La Liga win. However, the reigning champions will be tested as they head south to face a Levante side who pulled off maybe the result of the midweek fixtures with a 2-1 victory at high-flying Real Sociedad.
Real Madrid also looked impressive as they eased past neighbors Leganes 5-0 at the Bernabeu, with Blancos top scorer Karim Benzema and Brazilian starlet Rodrygo among the goals again. But Zinedine Zidane’s side should not forget that visitors Real Betis have taken the three points on both their last two visits in La Liga.
Having played at Getafe, Granada are last up, when the intense Andalusians will go looking for a fifth straight home victory in the La Liga Gameweek 11, against a tactically clever Real Sociedad team, who have won three of their first six away games so far this season.
The weekend’s action begins at the RCDE Stadium, where hosts Espanyol will go looking for a first home win under new coach Pablo Machin, against a Valencia team who already have impressive away results at Athletic Club and Atletico de Madrid this term.
Sevilla against Atletico de Madrid brings together two teams who will feel they dropped points with midweek draws against Alaves and Valencia What’s more, it also brings Diego Simeone back to the Sanchez-Pizjuan – a stadium he graced as a player – with the ultra-competitive Argentine having lost just once in 15 La Liga games when coaching his current team against his old side.
The schedule starts at the Estadio Jose Zorrilla, where Real Valladolid will be protecting their unbeaten home record in 2019/20 against a RCD Mallorca side who are strong at their Son Moix stadium but are yet to pick up a point on the road.
Villarreal are also still unbeaten at their Estadio de la Ceramica this term, but red-hot strike pair Karl Toko Ekambi and Gerard Moreno and company will have to break down an Athletic Club defence which has conceded just seven goals in their first 11 La Liga outings.
There’s a Basque derby where Osasuna host Alaves, with the visitors from the nearby city of Vitoria having won 1-0 on their last La Liga visit two seasons back.
Leganes against Eibar is a clash of two clubs who have consistently punched above their weight through recent seasons but need to start picking up points after below-par starts to 2019/20. RC Celta at home to Getafe is usually a tight affair, with two 1-1 draws and a 0-0 in the fixture over the last three seasons.