Things always get a little fiery around Madrid derby time, and it's where Barcelona can take advantage
The Spanish clubs got to show themselves off in Europe this week, but for the top six, the focus returns to figuring out how to beat Barcelona and knock them off their perch. A lot easier said than done.
Real vs Atletico : The Madrid Derby – Saturday 3pm
Atleti are in deep trouble. They’ve gone four and a half hours of football without a goal, which is the average length of an Aston Villa game these days.
Their record in the Madrid derbies isn’t too bad, Real have only taken one of the last six, and seven of the last 11 have finished level.
But Real slumped last week at Malaga, and will want to put that right. James Rodriguez is back, as is Benzema.
Back Ronaldo to score at 10/11 with their help. The referee for this game is very very card happy, I would not be surprised to see a side finish with 10 men.
Barcelona vs Sevilla – 5pm Sunday- Live on Sky Sports
Sevilla were the last team to beat Barcelona. That was 33 games ago, and since then, Luis Enrique’s side has obliterated anyone and everyone that has stood in their way, including Arsenal during the week.
They’re holding off the Madrid clubs, but I’ve bad news for Real and Atleti. You’ll be disappointed this week. Sevilla haven’t won away from home all season. Worse than that, Lionel Messi has a goal a game vs Sevilla. Literally. 24 goals in 24 appearances. Back the Catalans by 2 at 11/10
Valencia vs Athletic – Sunday 15:00 – Sky Sports
Gary Neville has finally got his Valencia team playing. Ever since breaking his duck against Sociedad in the league, the Mestalla has been rocking. A Europa League record was broken during the week and now they are coming up against a side that hasn’t beaten them at home in 10 years.
All aboard the Nev Express. Valencia win at 6/5