La Liga GW6 Review
Real Betis capped off a great week of La Liga action with a thumping win on Monday night. There were 38 goals over the weekend, and our Analyst will review the action, assessing performances and not just results to paint a clearer picture.
Celta Vigo picked up their second win of the campaign in some style, beating Eibar 4-0 in the Basque country. The result doesn’t tell the whole story though, as Celta created very few high-quality chances, and were fortunate to score four goals from the opportunities they had. Infogol calculates that they had just a 5% chance of scoring four goals, so Eibar can count themselves unlucky to have lost so heavily.
Barcelona beat Girona in a Catalan derby, though a 3-0 score line was harsh on their opponents. There were two own goals in this match that aren’t taken into account in the expected goals (xG) figures, meaning it was another below-par performance from Barcelona, who could only generate 1.69 xG against their newly promoted rivals. Though they have made the perfect start, there is still plenty of work to do for Valverde’s team.
Leganes got their third win of the season away at Las Palmas, a 2-0 success in which they deservedly gained the three points. Getafe thumped Villarreal 4-0 in a game that turned out to be Fran Escriba’s last in charge of the yellow submarine. They looked vulnerable in defence, especially from set-pieces, and the new man in charge – Javi Calleja – will be aiming to hit the ground running in the Europa League.
Espanyol and Atletico Madrid both enjoyed comfortable home victories against Deportivo (4-1) and Sevilla (2-0) respectively. Atletico look to have settled into their new stadium well and are already making it a fortress. Malaga gained their first point of the season in an entertaining game with Bilbao, though they had to come from 3-1 down to get the draw.
Valencia won away at Real Sociedad in a game that had everything. Both teams looked good in attack, but Valencia once again impressed on the counter attack, causing Sociedad all sorts of problems. Real Madrid too resumed winning ways away at bottom side Alaves, another game in which they generated a host of chances. Betis were also big winners, beating Levante 4-0 in impressive fashion. They are playing with such an intensity and causing every team they face problems.
GW7 Team to Back – Valencia
Valencia have impressed so far this season, still unbeaten after six matches, and they face Bilbao who have struggled in recent weeks, so Valencia look a good bet at 17/20 to get another win in GW7.