La Liga: Catalan Derby Under Way

Espanyol vs Barcelona
The Catalan derby could be a mouthwatering encounter with Espanyol trying to rediscover their winning form. Espanyol have been going from one bad result to the other without any pause. Barcelona have been experiencing the exact opposite, as the club has been able to strengthen their position at the top of the La Liga standings even further. The addition of several key players in January is likely to have a positive impact on the Barcelona team, but not in the immediate match. There could be once again a fewer number of goals from Barcelona in this match, as the likes of Philippe Coutinho settle.

Atletico Madrid vs Valencia
Athletico Madrid are hoping to capitalise on Valencia’s alarming dip in form by claiming a 2nd consecutive league victory at the Wanda Metropolitano. A victory for the Diego Simeone’s team will be a major boost for the club in the top 4 race. Valencia were a significant threat for the title at the start of the season, but Marcelino and his men are close to dropping out of the top 4 places. Such has been the disastrous run of form over the last few weeks, but Atletico have been able to take great advantage of the home matches. Manager Simeone will also have some of his key players like Diego Costa back for this match.

Levante vs Real Madrid
Real Madrid have been able to produce some impressive results like the 7-1 victory over Deportivo La Coruna, while the team has also gone on to suffer some big defeats in other games. The lack of consistency continues to affect a Zinedine Zidane and his potential future with the club. Still, a positive result for the defending champions in this match will put them back into the top 3 places. Levante have been a surprise package so far this season and appear to have been attracted by the recent strong results Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey knockout stages.