LaLiga Santander returns with matchday four, marked by the postponement of Sevilla-Barcelona and Villarreal-Alavés, the reopening of the Santiago Bernabéu and an Andalusian duel between Granada and Betis that will close the day next Monday at Nuevo Los Cármenes.
Apart from the controversy generated by the change of date of the two matches, requested by LaLiga to the Superior Sports Council (CSD) before the expansion of the FIFA windows for CONMEBOL, the competition resumes with six leading teams, all with 7 points, led by Real Madrid, followed by Sevilla, Valencia, Barça, Atlético and Mallorca.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men will return to their field 560 days after playing their last game there, which was on March 1, 2020, when they beat Barça (2-0). After presenting the Frenchman Eduardo Camavinga, they will do so to host Celta, a team that has not yet celebrated a victory in the three games played and has not won at the Bernabéu since 2006.
The ‘Cholo’ Simeone team, who scored a point in extremis against Villarreal (1-1), will visit Espanyol, the only one who has not yet scored a goal in the first three matchdays. The Catalans add two points thanks to two goalless draws (with Osasuna and Villarreal) and conceded their first defeat last day in Mallorca (1-0). On the athletic side it is expected to see the French Antoine Griezmann dressed in red and white again, after his two seasons at Barcelona.
For the Sunday, Osasuna-Valencia is presented as an undefeated duel, which José Bordalás’s men face with the ambition of staying ahead and awaiting the return of their nine internationals, in addition to the evolution of José Luis Gayá, injured in Spain-Georgia.
Cádiz, which receives Real, will jump for a victory that has resisted until now and that was very close to Osasuna and will face a rival who has added the last six points.
The day will start on Saturday with Levante-Rayo Vallecano, for which the Valencian team is pending the state of form of the German defender Shkodran Mustafi for his possible debut. Rayo solved his last commitment against Granada with a 4-0 and awaits the incorporation of Colombian Falcao on his return to the League, in which he already played for Atlético between 2011 and 2013
Athletic and Mallorca will meet later in San Mamés, where Marcelino’s eleven bets on his second win over an undefeated rival, which he has won in his last five games. With a two-point advantage, the Balearic Islands will defend their condition and perhaps for the first time the Japanese Take Kubo and the South Korean Kang In Lee will play together in their formation.
The day will close on Monday with Getafe-Elche in a duel from the bottom of the table, with Michel’s looking for their first points against a team that has two as a result of two draws.
Granada and Betis also want to climb positions, which are measured in Los Cármenes in the Andalusian derby of the day. Betis, reinforced with the signing of Brazilian William José, still looking for his first league victory.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.