The two giants of the Spanish League will return to play in the continuation of La Liga on Sunday (9/1/2022) early in the morning. Real Madrid have a dark horse team in their 20th week, Valencia.
Real Madrid is the leader of the standings with 46 points and leaves its competitors including Barcelona quite far. While Valencia is still stuck in the middle board. On paper, Madrid should be able to win let alone playing at home.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men did get off to a disappointing start in 2022, losing 0-1 to hosts Getafe. However, Madrid then immediately rose and beat the 3rd division team Alcoyano 3-1 in the last 32 of the Copa del Rey.
Just like Madrid, Valencia also just won in the Copa del Rey. Valencia tamed 2nd division team Cartagena with a score of 2-1. They won thanks to goals from Carlos Soler and Denis Cheryshev.
In the first meeting in the Spanish League this season, in the fifth week, Madrid won 2-1 at home to Valencia. Had been left behind by Hugo Durro’s goal in the 66th minute, Madrid turned to win through goals from Vinicius Junior in the 86th minute and Karim Benzema in the 88th minute.
In another match, Granada will host Barcelona at the Nuevo Estadio de Los Carmenes. Barcelona (5) and Granada (13) are indeed far adrift in the Spanish League standings. However, the two are only eight points away.
Granada are unbeaten in their last six matches in La Liga. In their last home game, Granada even managed to beat Atletico Madrid 2-1 through goals from Darwin Machis and Jorge Molina.
Barcelona have just won two consecutive wins, namely 1-0 over Real Mallorca in La Liga and 2-1 over 3rd division team Linares Deportivo in the last 32 of the Copa del Rey. The match against Linares was also the second debut of veteran right-back Dani Alves.
In the first meeting in La Liga this season, in Week 5, Barcelona, which is still being coached by Ronald Koeman, was held 1-1 by Granada at Camp Nou. Granada took the lead quickly through Domingos Duarte’s goal in the 2nd minute, and Barcelona replied through Ronald Araujo’s goal in the 90th minute.
This time, with Xavi Hernandez, can Barcelona achieve better results when they change to visiting the Granada headquarters?
Raise Vs Mallorca
Real Sociedad Vs Celta Vigo
Time: 22.15 WIB
Granada Vs Barcelona (Live streaming Vidio)
Real Madrid Vs Valencia (Live streaming Vidio)