The first mid-week match day of the Primera Liga season is upon us. On Tuesday we will see three matches to kick off match day 4– Osasuna hosting Real Sociedad, Athletic Bilbao welcoming Mallorca to the Basque country and Real Madrid will be back at the Bernabeu entertaining Espanyol. Wednesday will see Sporting Gijon visit the Camp Nou, league leaders Valencia welcomes Atletico Madrid, Real Zaragoza hosting Hercules and Almeria taking on Levante at the Mediterraneo. Thursday kicks off with Getafe back at the Coliseum to play Malaga, Deportivo making the trip to Castellon to take on Villarreal and Sevilla playing host to Racing.
Looking at the table Osasuna are currently sitting 18th with only a point from a possible nine and will be looking to take all three points when they host Real Sociedad on Tuesday night but could have a difficult job with the visitors who themselves will be looking to rebound from that loss at home to Real Madrid, which they felt they clearly should have won. The key men for Osasuna to watch out for are the young French man Grizman and experienced playmaker Xabi Prieto.
Athletic Bilbao will be entertaining Mallorca in the Lion’s den of San Mames and has all the makings to be a good match. Bilbao will be welcoming back influential players Iker Muñain and David Lopez both coming back from injury. Mallorca will be hoping to build on their first win of the season by leaving San Mames with three points but Athletic are usually very strong at home and they are looking to put that draw with Gijon behind them and take maximum points from the match.
Real Madrid are back in the Bernabeu and hopefully will be able to give us a better display than the one we saw in the Anoeta as Espanyol come to town. Real Madrid will be without the young man Canales who is suffering from an ankle injury while, Espanyol will have to do without Javi Marquez, Datolo, De la Peña and Osvaldo who are all injured. Espanyol have not been able to win at the Bernabeu for the past 14 years with their best result coming in the 2008/2009 campaign with a 2-2 draw and coupled with that Mourinho is on a run of 137 home league games undefeated, his last defeat coming on February 23, 2002 when he was coach of Porto.
Barcelona managed to get their league back on track by recording their first league win over Atletico Madrid in the Vicente Calderon after leaving without even a point for the last three years. They will be hosting Sporting Gijon and will have to do it without Lionel Messi who is suffering from an ankle sprain that he picked up in the game against Atletico after a bad challenge from Ujfalusi. Sporting are unlikely to pose any threat to the home side and will probably sit back and defend hoping not to concede too many, rather than try to go out and play.
Valencia will be putting their perfect start to the season on the line in what is perhaps the biggest game in week four when Atletico visits the Mestalla to take on the league leaders. Atletico will be without Ujfalusi who is serving his match ban after picking up that red card against Barcelona and possibly Aguero as he is doubtful for the game, having not fully recovered from his ankle injury. Valencia will have to contend with the absence of captain David Navarro who was sent off at the weekend against Hercules. Also, they will have to cope with the injuries to Banega and Vicente.
Real Zaragoza will be hoping to notch their first win of the campaign when Hercules visits La Romareda on Wednesday. Zaragoza is sitting in 19th place with only one point from their first three games. Hercules will be hoping to bounce back after losing their last game to Valencia but will have to do it without Valdez after he was subbed out with a groin injury on Sunday evening.
Almeria will be entertaining bottom of table Levante at the Mediterraneo with both teams seeking their first win in the league. Almeria has only 2 points from their first three games and Levante has no points and has already conceded 10 goals in three matches.
Getafe will be looking to notch up their second consecutive win at home, but will have to do it without the services of Pedro Mosquera who was sent off on Monday night and Ustari who left the match after just 15 minutes due to a groin injury, when Malaga visits but the visitors will not be rolling over. Qunicy will be the main threat for the Getafe defence to deal with.
Deportivo are still seeking their first victory and will be on the road to Villarreal, hoping they can take three points from El Madrigal but the home team will be looking to make it three wins in their last three league matches.
Sevilla will be taking on Racing, who just secured their first points of the campaign after a 2-0 win over Zaragoza on match day 3. Racing will be hoping that they can repeat last season’s 2-1 win over the Andalusians in the Sanchez Pizjuan but they will have to do so without the talented youngster Canales who grabbed both goals last time out.