The 2012/13 La Liga campaign continues this weekend with the big two in action on Sunday evening.
Spain’s top-flight competition got underway last weekend and there were some surprises and some results that did not shock. Barcelona began their quest to regain the championship with a convincing 5-1 thrashing of Real Sociedad, and once again it was the Lionel Messi show as he netted a brace.
That match also marked the competitive return of David Villa who had spent the last eight months out injured, sitting out Euro 2012 in the process. He made a late substitute appearance against Real Sociedad and helped himself to a goal, and the Spain star will be looking to get some more playing time this weekend when Barcelona head to Osasuna.
While Barca were enjoying an impressive victory, defending champions Real Madrid were surprisingly held at home by Valencia. Jose Mourinho’s men ended the recent dominance of the Catalan giants as they racked up 100 points to lift the title this season, but the pressure is firmly on them to retain that title this season. However, they did not get off to the best of starts and they will now look to get their first win on the board when they head to Getafe.
Valencia will have undoubtedly taken a huge amount of confidence from their draw at the Bernabeu last weekend, and they will now look to follow up that point with their first victory of the season when they entertain newly-promoted Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday. Deportivo began life back in the top flight by beating Osasuna last weekend, and they will hope to put in another good showing here.
Cash-strapped Malaga put their money worries to one side to open with a 1-0 win at La Liga newcomers Celta Vigo, and they host Mallorca on Saturday, when Real Betis entertain Rayo Vallecano and Espanyol meet Real Zaragoza. Granada then face Sevilla on Sunday, with Real Vallodolid v Levante and Atletico Madrid v Athletic Bilbao wrapping up the second four of fixtures on Monday night.
Saturday, August 25
18:00 Real Sociedad v Celta Vigo
20:00 Real Betis v Rayo Vallecano
20:00 Espanyol v Real Zaragoza
22:00 Malaga v Mallorca
Sunday, August 26
18:00 Osasuna v Barcelona
20:00 Getafe v Real Madrid
20:00 Granada v Sevilla
22:00 Valencia v Deportivo La Coruna
Monday, August 27
19:00 Real Valladolid v Levante
21:00 Atletico Madrid v Athletic Bilbao
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