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Real Madrid are setting the early pace in LaLiga
Real Madrid are setting the early pace in LaLiga

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Matchday 6 serves up some tasty treats as Real Madrid battle to remain at the summit and Barcelona bid to keep their unbeaten start going. 

The midweek LaLiga fixtures begin with Real boasting a two-point cushion over champions Atletico Madrid.

Barca are in unfamiliar territory outside of the top four but have won two and drawn two of their league fixtures so far. 

After sharing the spoils with Granada on Monday, a win at Cadiz will ease the pressure on Ronald Koeman's depleted side. 

Getafe vs Atletico Madrid (Tuesday, 6.30pm)

Atletico make the short trip across Madrid to Getafe as they look to keep pace with city rivals Real.

Getafe are yet to pick up a point this season and have only one goal to their name from five games.

And it will not get any easier against Atleti, who have kept a clean sheet in each of their last 17 LaLiga meetings in this fixture — their longest run without conceding a goal against any side in the competition.

Getafe last beat Atletico in LaLiga in November 2011, picking up a 3-2 win under the management of Luis Garcia Plaza.

Athletic Club vs Rayo Vallecano (Tuesday, 9pm)

Athletic Club host Rayo Vallecano as they look to build on a bright start to the season
Athletic Club host Rayo Vallecano as they look to build on a bright start to the season

There are a couple of standout clashes among the games not involving one of Spain’s big three — the first of which pits Athletic Club against Rayo Vallecano at San Mames.

Athletic remain unbeaten this season having won two and drawn three of their games.

Opponents Rayo have struggled on their travels, failing to win a LaLiga away game since they won two in a row in January 2019 under Michel Sanchez.

They have since lost 10 of their 12 games on the road, drawing the other two.

Athletic, meanwhile, have scored in each of their last 24 league games against Rayo Vallecano and will be hoping for a repeat.

Tuesday’s other game

Levante vs Celta Vigo (9pm)

Sevilla vs Valencia (Wednesday, 6.30pm)

Another fixture to look out for features two teams likely to be fighting for a Champions League place come the end of the season.

Valencia head into the game on the back of their first loss of the season, having fallen to a 2-1 defeat against Real Madrid last Sunday.

Only Real have scored more goals (15) than Valencia’s 10 this season and ​​Carlos Soler has three strikes to his name.

Sevilla are unbeaten and have a game in hand on their opponents — but they could only draw 0-0 with Real Sociedad in their last outing.

Real Madrid vs Mallorca (Wednesday, 9pm)

Vinicius Jr has five LaLiga goals for Real Madrid already this season
Vinicius Jr has five LaLiga goals for Real Madrid already this season

Real Madrid had to come from behind to defeat Valencia in their last match after Hugo Duro gave the home side the lead.

Late strikes from Vinicius Jr and Karim Benzema — who assisted each other’s goals — ensured their impressive start to the season continued.

Vinicius impressed, while Benzema’s strike kept him one clear of his team-mate at the top of the goalscoring charts with six.

Mallorca have started reasonably well with two wins, two draws and one defeat, recording clean sheets in three of their five games.

Wednesday’s other games

Espanyol vs Deportivo Alaves (6.30pm)

Villarreal vs Elche (9pm)

Cadiz vs Barcelona (Thursday, 9pm)

Philippe Coutinho made his first Barcelona start since December 2020 in Monday's draw with Granada
Philippe Coutinho made his first Barcelona start since December 2020 in Monday's draw with Granada

Barcelona’s 1-1 draw with Granada on Monday meant they remain one of six unbeaten sides — but they need wins rather than draws.

They almost lost that game, too, picking up a point late on courtesy of a Ronald Araujo goal, by which time their front two consisted of Luuk de Jong and Gerard Pique. 

Barca travel to face a Cadiz side who picked up their first win of the season last Saturday against Celta Vigo.

Uruguayan left-back Alfonso Espino already has two goals to his name this term and is the Andalusian club’s joint-top scorer along with Alex Fernandez.

Thursday’s other games

Granada vs Real Sociedad (6.30pm)

Osasuna vs Real Betis (6.30pm)

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LaLigaGetafeAtletico MadridAthletic BilbaoRayo VallecanoSevillaValenciaReal MadridMallorcaCadizBarcelona

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