The La Liga has started in a strange fashion this season.
A quick glance at the table reveals this all the more.
Granada, not Barcelona or Real Madrid, sits at the top of the table. And while their reign at the top may not last long, it’s testament enough to the strange La Liga season we already have on our hands.
Not only has it been strange, this season will be a fiercely contested one.
Barcelona will have to cope without Messi again for a while. Real Madrid have injury issues of their own to cope with. And then there’s Atletico Madrid that has failed to win any of their last three games in all competitions.
It sets us up for a fantastic weekend which will feature the highly anticipated Madrid Derby.
The Madrid Derby
The Spanish capital will be torn apart on Saturday as the rivalry between both sides is rekindled.
Diego Simeone’s men will play host to Zinedine Zidane’s men in this clash.
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Both sides have seen better days when it comes to their current form.
Signing Joao Felix from Benfica was the highlight of Atletico Madrid’s summer transfer window. However, it seems the expectations have started weighing heavy on his shoulders – and that of the others too!
They’ve only scored five goals this season. Five goals in five games!
They’ve failed to score in two of their last five matches and have conceded an average of almost one goal per game. This is uncharacteristic of a side notorious for having a sturdy defense.
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They’ve scored twice the number of goals Atletico has scored this season, despite all the injury woes they’re having to cope with.
Karim Benzema has been the best Madrid player this season. He has scored half of the 10 goals Real have scored this season.
Daniel Carvajal leads the chart for number of assists created, with three assists. He will be crucial if Real Madrid will win this game.
Both sides have a rich – and fierce – history between them. The following stats reveal this:
- 10 of the last 20 games between both sides have seen both sides score
- 11 of the last 20 Madrid derbies have recorded Under 2,5 goals
- The last meeting between both sides recorded 10 goals
Though it’s still early in the season, every point counts. With how dramatic the season has been so far; the title will be keenly contested. Both sides are favorites to win the title and they will be looking to get on over their eternal rivals.
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