Diego Forlan will face his former side of three years ago this weekend as #2 Villarreal hosts #5 Atletico Madrid and this match-up has several similarities between the two teams. Both clubs are top four hopefuls off to a strong start this season and both clubs had terrible starts to last season and struggled to achieve what they were expected to due to the reeling debut. This season has been different though for both clubs and with a win Villarreal could possibly take control of the league table and if Atletico were to win that would put them even with Villarreal in total points.
Final Pick: 1-1 Draw
Real Madrid-Racing Santander
Jose Mourniho is being revered for his club’s form early on in the Champions League, but when it comes to league play the Portuguese coach has heard his fair share of criticism despite being currently in first place. This weekend his Los Blancos club will have the good fortune of playing against an relatively below average defensive team in Racing and the lowly club currently sits in 16th place on the league table. A very winnable match for our first place squad and they should finally open up the offense this weekend.
Final Pick: Real Madrid 3-0
Sevilla is off to a slow start this year with 7th place results at the moment and the firing of their manager a few weeks back, but the side has owned Bilbao at home over the years from a historical perspective. Sevilla has beaten Bilbao 39 times in their last 66 meetings while only suffering 9 losses over the stretch. The last time Sevilla lost to Bilbao was in 1993 when Kevin Costner was still making successful movies and Vanilla Ice was still releasing music albums. That’s how long it has been since Athletic Bilbao won in Sevilla’s house.
Final Pick: Sevilla 1-0