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La Liga Week 8 Preview


Welcome to the preview for Week 8 of the 2015/16 La Liga Season which sees Sevilla head North to the Basque Country to face Eibar, Champions Barca host Rayo whilst Los Blancos host Levante plus league leaders Villarreal host Celta at El Madrigal and the game of the weekend takes place in the Basque Country as La Real host Atleti as time begins to run out for Moyes who has his job on the line. 
Los Blancos have a new coach this season who has them looking harder to beat, much more balanced and much more solid but they still can't beat Atleti in a Madrid Derby in Spanish Football and are without a win in their last two La Liga games and will look to get back to winning ways against Levante in Week 8's first offering.

Los Blancos still can't win a Madrid Derby even under Benitez who for me as has them looking a better side than last season and okay they not be scoring the same amount of goals they did last season at the moment but they're certainly harder to beat.

Los Blancos are a much more balanced side under Benitez and are much harder to beat and the way he has them set up helps that because defensively their solidity so far has been extremely impressive and with Navas in superb form in goal it helps them defensively even further.

To be the manager of Real Madrid you have to have a strong personality and be brave and Benitez has proved he's just that already, away to Bilbao he played with three holding midfielders and in the Madrid Derby against Atleti he went with Casemiro who I thought was absolutely terrific.

Los Blancos were seeing the game out and remaining stubborn defensively and for me they'd won the game but they slipped up with six minutes remaining when Arbeloa allowed a cross to come in and the end result produced an Atleti equaliser.

Atleti were fortunate for me and Los Blancos quite simply threw the victory away and I know how complicated and horrible a journey it is for those Real Madrid supporters who travelled to the Calderon and I was very disappointed for them.

Los Blancos have a better goal difference than Barca by ten goals so sit above them in the table and in second spot and with the El Clasico just a few weeks away now Los Blancos need to rack up the points.

Levante on the other hand will be on a high after their win in the Valencian Derby against the Yellow Submarine and in the process became the first side this season to beat the Yellow Submarine and end their 100% record this season.

It was a tight game where the smallest details were going to decide it and either side could have won it in the end but a piece of quality from Levante's record signing Deyverson settled the Derby but I'm still far from convinced with this Levante side.

Six points from a possible 21 from seven games played so far see Levante in the bottom three despite their win in the Valencian Derby against the Yellow Submarine and considering it took them until their seventh game of the season to record their first win of the season that highlights things perfectly for me.

Six goals scored and twelve conceded in seven games is nothing short of horrendous for Levante but as I said at the start of the season they're in a huge amount of trouble because their side is weaker than last season and their strikeforce is significantly weaker than it was last season and they remain poor defensively.

They've drawn just one game from their three away games this season and lost the other two, the draw came in Gran Canaria against Las Palmas in a 0-0 draw but they were fortunate to get that and put everyone behind the ball for 90 minutes.

One goal scored and seven goals conceded from their three away games this season so far ahead of a trip to the Santiago Bernabeu don't make good reading for Levante and nor does their record at the Santiago Bernabeu either.

They've only ever won once at Santiago Bernabeu and that came back in 2007 when they recorded a 1-0 away success over Los Blancos but they've lost every single meeting at the Santiago Bernabeu since that and lost 2-0 here last season and to make matters worse they've lost their last three meetings against Los Blancos in the Primera without scoring conceding a total of ten goals in the process.

Lucas Alcaraz will have this men set up like he always does with everyone behind the ball, his side will remain far from good to watch and Los Blancos must take their chances when they come in this one because the 0-0 draw against Malaga in Week 6 can't be repeated.
Eibar who continue their excellent start to this season having beaten Las Palmas in Gran Canaria in Week 7 host Sevilla who will hope that the 2-1 home success over Champions Barca in Week 7 will kickstart their season.

Eibar have started this season extremely well with 12 points collected from a possible 21 in their seven games so far and whilst they've improved in the offensive areas of the field where they look more threatening, more sharper and more clinical we can't get carried away and nor can Eibar.

Eibar started last season well and in the first half of the season overall they were superb and collected enough points to see them safe with the second half of the season to come but they completely collapsed in the second half of the season and were relegated.

Due to Elche's off the field financial issues Eibar were re-instated and for them it's not just about trying to get as many points as possible between now and Christmas but it's making sure they have enough left in the tank to keep going in the second half of the season.

Eibar can stay up this season but it will be the second half of the season that is going to be key to their fate, Borja Baston has been the standout summer signing so far and his goal against Las Palmas was taken very well and he looks like he can provide Eibar with enough goals this season to see them survive.

Eibar having a second season in the Primera was a dream and it came true this summer and it's changed the club completely with them now being able to expand their ground with a new stand, a third season in the Primera would see parties all over the tiny Basque town that is Eibar.

Sevilla will hope that the result over Barca in Week 7 will kickstart their season and it really really should and not just because it's a massive result for them but for me it's more about the performance they produced against Barca.

Sevilla were excellent against Barca and deserved the win in my opinion and it's also the best I've seen them play this season and the closest to last season's levels I've seen them reach so it's okay to be a little more positive about them now.

Gameiro, Iborra and Krohn-Delhi were the stand-out players against Barca for me and if Emery changes a winning side now it's lunacy, complete lunacy, the direct attacking, the pace, the tempo and intensity that Emery's men played with against Barca is the Sevilla we love and also the Sevilla we know.

Sevilla's start to the season has been poor and I won't argue against that one bit but it's not a disaster when you look at the table now because Sevilla can still be involved in this season's top four race and I firmly believe they will be.

Sevilla must now rack up the points before December's Seville Derby so that they head into 2016 in the best shape possible in terms of the league standings and make sure they're positioned well in terms of the race for that fourth spot.

Eibar's home record was poor last season and it's only produced one home win this season which came against Bilbao in the Basque Derby, Sevilla won this meeting last season 3-1 at Ipurua after being held at home at the Sanchez Pizjuan to a 0-0 draw.

This will be a difficult game for Sevilla and they have to produce the same intensity they played with against Barca in Week 7 because if they drop in their level of performance and intensity in this one Eibar will make them pay.
Saturday's third game takes us to the Catalan Capital as a club who are in CRISIS but CHAMPIONS Barca host Rayo and this fixture should produce goals and Rayo could face Barca's anger from Andalusia in Week 7 here.

Barca as a club aren't a mess, they're just a complete shambles and this come rights from the very top, Mr Bartomeu I'm talking about you, you pathetic human being, you are nothing short of a disgrace to this great football club that means so much to many around the world.

Neymar has now had his assets frozen as part of a tax fraud investigation in Brazil, Neymar's signing is still going through the courts as dodgy going-ons are investigated and yes you guessed it Bartomeu is involved and could face jail (WE CAN ONLY HOPE)

Three youth players being named in the 18 man squad that flew to Seville higlighted the lack of depth a little more visually and may wake people up to what I warned of at the start of the season, Barca lack depth and over 38 games it'll be the killing of them in the Primera but they'll make history in the Champions League.

Many of you may say so what it's Barca their youngsters are class, you'd be wrong, Barca B are in the third division of Spanish Football and are at the moment in the relegation zone so they're even struggling in the third division!

La Masia I've discussed alot and it's a mess as I've also said so many times but the players are developed for the Cruyff way of playing, not this way Enrique has the side playing which isn't Barca's indentity.

Luis Enrique isn't the man to manage Barca, I've said it so many times before and I'll say it again, he used the squad appallingly against Sevilla in Week 7 and how this guy is the coach of FC Barcelona I really don't know.

When you have Alves, Mascherano, Pique and Alba all fit you put them all in defence because that's the back four that broke records last season and were a solid defence and then you put Sergi Roberto in midfield next to Busquets and Rakitic with Munir, Suarez and Neymar as the front three.

You don't be stupid enough to break apart your solid defence last season by putting Roberto at right-back and Mascherano in midfield, that's just absolutely appallingly management, you're only here because of Bartomeu, if Laporta had won the elections this summer you wouldn't be here Mr.Enrique just remember that, you lucky lucky boy.

Barca in pre-season without the front three looked frightening and in a bad way because they looked incredibly ordinary and average, their was no tempo to their play, they really really struggled and against Sevilla we saw it again.

Okay so it was a little different with the fact that two of the front three were playing but its main component in Messi wasn't and without that main component Barca struggle in their general play and it's worrying.

The time will come when Messi's career will end and the planning simply must start now because the planning before the transfer ban by FIFA was issued has been abysmal and if I hear 'Wait till January' again I'll scream.

All I keep hearing is wait till January so let me say this, where will Barca be in January because they won't be first that's for sure, Turan and Vidal will take time to adapt and fit into this Barca side and no new signings are definite bar Nolito.

Barca knew this transfer ban was coming so they could have planned for this and avoided problems with the recent injury problems by actually signing players and they haven't, it's nothing short of truly appalling planning.

Rayo will be disappointed to have lost against Betis in Week 7 at Vallecas, a team which they historically always beat at Vallecas but Week 7 brought an end to that and despite creating a large amount of chances Rayo were punished defensively at the other end with defensive errors proving costly again.

Rayo have 7 points from their first seven games so far which isn't a bad start by any means for them because the second half of the season is where we see their best form and even away to Barca they'll still play their all-out positive attacking style and that's why I love Rayo.

Rayo lost this fixture 6-1 last season and have lost all their visits to the Camp Nou losing by scorelines of 6-1, 6-0, 3-1 and 4-0 and have scored in just two of their last five meetings against Barca.

Saturday's fourth game takes us to the East Coast (I'm there in four weeks on an international basis as my country take on La Roja) as a Los Che in CRISIS host Malaga at Mestalla in a game which sees the two lowest scorers in La Liga go head to head.

Los Che have 9 points from a possible 21 in their first seven games this season and that's unacceptable for a side who finished fourth last season and to be the second lowest scorers in La Liga in mid October is very poor.

Bilbao away is tough but to lose their in the manner they did set alarm bells ringing on the East Coast because losing away to Bilbao can happen, it's a tough place to go but Los Che weren't just comfortably beaten in the end, they were outplayed and that's worrying.

Bilbao aren't playing too fantastic this season and Los Che after that result now head back into a full blown crisis despite that huge win in the French City of Lyon against Lyon in the Champions League and Nuno remains under big pressure.

Mendes's involvement in the transfer dealings of the club disgusted me this summer and it's great to see Valencia fans displaying their disgust too and Mr Lim may be the owner of this club and has pumped his money into the club but he needs to answer to the fans.

Mendes's involvement in the transfers has seen young talented players come in but they're inexperienced and in a season where Los Che return to the big time in the Champions League I and many others including the club's fans expected them to make signings similar to Atleti's and push on, they've  taken a step back for me.

The defence is young and looks extremely fragile at times and showed itself to be fragile at San Mames in Week 7 aswell, Los Che are a weaker side than last season and are the weakest of the five La Liga sides in the Champions League this season.

Mendes's doesn't care about how Los Che do because he's made a great amount of money by his involvement in Valencia's transfer dealings this summer, Mr.Lim is a demanding man and Nuno could pay for this farce with his job.

Nuno is a great manager and it would be a shame to see him go but he certainly hasn't helped himself with his team selection this season, he continues to persist with Negredo instead of Alcacer up top and that's just for starters, his decisions are borderline madness.

When you wait for a bus, three come along at once and that happened for Malaga in their 3-1 home success against La Real in Week 7 because not only did they score an early goal which was their first goal of the season after seven games played they also ended up getting three of them!

Malaga needed the superb Kameni in goal to help them at times but overall against La Real they were well worthy of the win and it's a result which could see them climb the table and they have reason for optimism.

With games against Gijon, Betis and Deportivo after this one Malaga have reason to be optimistic and come November's international break Malaga should be in a much healthier position in the table and they'll hope they are too.

Malaga look lively in attack and resolute defensively and despite their poor record at Mestalla they are playing Los Che at a great time because Los Che aren't playing well and Malaga can certainly get a result here but they'll need to be closer to the levels they showed at Santiago Bernabeu than the levels they showed at the Coliseum against Getafe.

Los Che's poor form in the Primera can't continue and Nuno knows it, Mr.Lim will already be getting twitchy and if Los Che don't see off Malaga here then it could be curtains for Nuno, I hope not, I really do not hope not.

Nuno will be pleased to know that Los Che have won their last six meetings at Mestalla against Malaga and have never lost to Malaga at Mestalla and have won three of their last five meetings against the Andalusian side including a 3-0 home success in this fixture last season.
Saturday's final game sees us head to the Andalusian Capital as Betis who have won their last two games in the Primera both away from home now head back to the Benito Villamarin to host Espanyol as they look to record their second home success of the season.

Betis's last two results could prove absolutely crucial come May because win aways to Gijon and Rayo in terms of the head to head stakes are vital, to lose a home game against Depor was poor and disappointing.

To bounce back from that disappointment and frustration by recording two successive away wins against Gijon and Rayo is just superb and full credit should go to Pepe Mel and his players and their supporters should be extremely proud of them.

Ruben Castro scored again and it's quite incredible that Del Bosque still hasn't called him up because for me if I was Del Bosque he'd be on that flight over the Basque border with France and in that Euro 2016 squad for La Roja.

Aduriz has big reasons to be there too but for me Castro is a little more mobile and suits La Roja's style of play much more but in Spain many are pleased for Celta's Nolito at the moment who received a call-up for the October games and fully deserves it.

In November La Roja play England and although England are not a Germany or a France it's a great chance to give the likes of Castro and Aduriz a chance against beatable opposition but will it happen? No.

Pepe Mel has received harsh criticism from other supporters because of the defeat to Deportivo in Week 5 but for me I wasn't buying it, it was a complete over-reaction and Pepe Mel and his boys have bounced back in the best way possible.

As for Espanyol, they're a side who I warned you about before this season even started when I said that they have lost so many goals and so many assists with last season's strikeforce gone and last season's defence weakened, they're a side who look much worse defensively and who will struggle for goals.

Having said that though they should have beaten Gijon at home and not just because they've more quality than the Asturians but because they had the most of the play and the majority of the chances but they look in trouble.

Sergio Gonzalez confused me against Gijon because just minutes after Caicedo had produced a good finish to equalise he decided it was best to sub him off with Espanyol in control of the game and looking for the winner.

Complete madness and then if that wasn't bad enough Moreno who replaced Caicedo was then subbed off 23 minutes later with three minutes of normal time remaining and replaced him with a midfielder and in the process leaving no strikers on the field!

Espanyol are in big trouble and although they won't go down this season in my opinion you can expect to see them involved in the relegation battle and when Sergio Gonzalez is confusing me it's no surprise Espanyol supporters are becoming increasingly frustrated with his subsitutions, no wonder the attendances are dropping.
The early Sunday kick-off produced surprises in Week 7, will it again in Week 8 as league leaders the Yellow Submarine host third placed Celta in what promises to be an exciting clash that's been scheduled badly!

The Yellow Submarine were poor in the Derby against Levante, in the final third they looked below poor and lacklustre and it's highly likely their Europa League clash just days before the Derby had a part to play in that.

But it's their first defeat this season and they sit top of the Primera after seven games with 16 points possible from a 21 and if you offered them that at the start of August before the season started they'd have ripped your hand off.

They'll be frustrated to have lost the Derby to Levante but they'll be delighted with their start to the season so far and with a trip to Gran Canaria after this and a home game with Sevilla after that they know the games will keep coming and will get tougher so they must not get carried away.

An away trip to Gran Canaria days after a Europa League will be extremely interesting indeed because it's the first time this season we'll see a side head to Gran Canaria to play a La Liga game days after a game in Europe and considering the Yellow Submarine are also away from home in Europe it makes it all the more interesting.

The preparation and itinerary must be spot on from the club and Marcelino and it will be an extremely tough task in Week 9 and extremely gruelling but a win over Celta here will send them to the Canary Islands high on confidence and high on belief.

Jokic will be suspended for this one after his sending off in the Derby against Levante but to win this one The Yellow Submarine will need to be on their game because as Celta proved at the Sanchez Pizjuan in Week 4, they can upset on their travels.

Celta will be delighted to be third and even more delighted to have picked up 15 points from a possible 21 from their seven games this season and when you tell them that along with Los Blancos they're the only side to be unbeaten in the Primera this season they'll be opening the Rioja!

Celta didn't play poorly against Getafe by any means despite drawing 0-0 at home against a side who they should be beating comfortably, they played well and created a great number of good goalscoring opportunities but they were wasteful on the night in front of goal and it cost them.

The Yellow Submarine along with Barca are the only side to have a 100% home record in the Primera this season and their record against Celta although mixed will give them confidence via their 4-1 home success in this fixture last season which came back in March.

The Yellow Submarine have won three of the last five meetings against Celta and won two of the last three meetings at El Madrigal against Celta and both sides have scored in the last two meetings between these two sides.

This will be a great game so it's disappointing to see it scheduled so badly because for me Deportivo V Bilbao should be in the 11am slot and this game should be in the 7.30pm slot, it's bad scheduling and disappointing.

The Yellow Submarine will be favourites for this one and rightly so but Celta are a dangerous opponent and as they showed against Sevilla in Week 4 they can beat anyone on their day whether that's at Balaidos or on their travels and they won't be scared of this visit to the East Coast, this'll be a game, trust me!
Sunday's second game sees us head North and to the Basque Country as La Real host Atleti at Anoeta in what could be David Moyes's last game as La Real coach and to be honest he can have not a single complaint.

La Real sit 16th level on points with Levante who occupy the final relegation spot at the moment and with just one win, three draws and three defeats from their seven games so far which is a poor start to the season for a side of this quality.

This La Real side are stronger than last season even if you're not seeing it on the field, the president deserves credit because he's strengthened this side and financially he's backed Moyes, he gave him the template he desired.

Jonathas-a superb signing  and a fantastic striker, a back-up goalkeeper and Bruma on the flanks who uses his pace to his advantage and provides a threat to opposing times and helps La Real create more in the final third, plus Illarramendi who has fitted in like he's never been away from the club in that midfield.

Defensively La Real weren't solid against Malaga they were a shambles so Moyes cannot use that line he likes to use by saying his side were solid and organised and moments in the game went against them, that's rubbish.

Jonathas not starting is just madness, I understand he needs time to adapt to the team and that Agirretxe is in superb goalscoring form but why not go with two upfront against a Malaga side who hadn't scored?

Jonathas won't ever adapt to this team on the bench and when you don't start Bruma on the flanks either it's just stupid and you frustrate me, let alone the president who's signed these players and spent the money!

The noises and the things in the press coming from the club are far from positive for Moyes, players speaking out against him with one saying 'We sometimes don't understand what he's saying' is extremely worrying and I'm informed that the president before the Malaga game was losing faith in Moyes.

La Real are top seven material and this side is good enough to be in the top seven so stop coming out in these press conferences and saying avoiding relegation is our aim because it's not, stop spouting rubbish and save your JOB!

I'm English and so so proud of it and I will be devastated if Moyes is sacked because I never want to see a British coach sacked from a La Liga side but a sacking's coming in La Liga and Moyes really doesn't have long left but Moyes can have no complaints, none at all.

Atleti come into this one after somehow coming from behind in the Madrid Derby to draw 1-1 with Los Blancos but for me despite the fact they played very well in the second half and Jackson Martinez's introduction made them much better in the final third they were fortunate to get the draw in the end.

Torres was poor against Los Blancos but he still has something to offer to this Atleti side and he proved that in games last season and his performance away to Eibar in Week 4 was excellent and was key to Atleti's success in the Basque Country that night in the end.

Jackson Martinez is slowly getting better and he nearly won the Derby for Atleti in the end but a fantastic save from Keylor Navas denied him but his cross set up Atleti's equaliser scored by Vietto another new signing by Atleti in the attacking areas.

The derby against Los Blancos showed that without Koke Atleti can still be stubborn but for me they didn't really have control of the game that much but in the second half you saw signs that it's starting to come together in the final third now slowly but surely.

The last meeting between these sides came in Alicante which Atleti won 2-0 but in La Liga Atleti have won three of the last five meetings and won four of their last five visits to Anoeta despite their 2-1 defeat here last season.

La Real will look to  remain compact and organised defensively here whilst Simeone will as usual set up his troops to be hard to beat but with Griezmann returning to Anoeta and Jackson looking more sharper Simeone could go for it here and start with a 4-3-3, it'll be tough for Atleti and La Real can get a result here in what could be Moyes's last game if Atleti win here.
Sunday's penultimate game sees us head to the Spanish Capital for a relegation six-pointer as Fran Escriba's Getafe host Paco Herrera's Las Palmas at the Coliseum and if Las Palmas lose this one, can someone pass me some rope?

Getafe were very good against Celta at Balaidos in Week 7 and could have won the game if it wasn't for the woodwork but to be competitive against Celta at Balaidos and come away with a result is progress for Getafe and excellent.

Getafe on the pitch have 7 points from their first seven games and have won their last two home games which is important and fantastic at the same time because their home form is always key to 
them staying up as it proved last season.

Getafe off the pitch just don't learn because despite the Coliseum being half empty last season and continuing to be the same this season the high ticket prices remain and the fact that it's double the normal matchday prices for the visit of Barca in a few weeks is a disgrace.

Games against Barca and Los Blancos for any side in La Liga will see the prices increased but at Getafe when the normal matchday prices are high enough it's quite ridiculous and I don't know what the people at Getafe are thinking at times.

Getafe have picked up four points from their last two games and kept two clean sheets in that time too which will please Fran Escriba alot and as he said after the victory over Malaga in Week 4, they'll become competitive and they've shown that in the last three games.

Las Palmas left me down after the game against Eibar in Week 7, it was like they'd been relegated and don't even tell me it's early day days, just don't, no seriously don't because you've no valid reason for even saying that.

You've no valid reason for saying that because when you take one point from a possible nine from three home games against Levante, Rayo and Eibar and score no goals and concede three in total the writing's on the wall.

I said Las Palmas would be relegated before this season started and for me I'm resigned to it now, I'll stay behind them until it's officially confirmed because I love them and am desperate for them to stay up, I miss the City and the Island of Gran Canaria every day.

I'll be back but as I said when I left the ground against Rayo it'll be for a second division game, Las Palmas have made me proud every game this season and their defensive organisation and structure and their defensive solidity played a big part.

Against in Eibar in Week 7 they frustrated me, angered me and really left me extremely disappointed because they weren't solid, they weren't organised and they certainly didn't have any structure to them defensively either.

The first Eibar goal for me is just too easy, to allow a cross to come in the box is one thing but to let two attacking players infront of your defenders and knock the ball in at the far post is something else it really is.

As for the second it's even worse, to let Borja Baston be unmarked inside the area and to have the time and space to turn and fire the ball superbly well into the bottom left-hand corner is just poor defending.

Overall Eibar weren't fantastic but they didn't need to be, Las Palmas yet again missed chances and you can't do that in games like these against the likes of Levante, Rayo and Eibar and defensively they were poor, it's the most open and dis-organised I've seen them this season and it really should have been three or four to Eibar in the end.

Las Palmas left me down heading into the international break but there's no reason why they can't win here if they produce the levels of performance they showed at Balaidos in Week 3, all I ask is that they do me and their supporters proud.

This is the first ever meeting between these two sides in Spanish Football.


Sunday's final game sees us head to Coruna for an interesting encounter as Victor Sanchez's Depor host Valverde's Bilbao at Riazor as Bilbao look to build on their win over Los Che in Week 7 whilst Depor look to continue their excellent start to the season.

Depor head into this one after Week 7's 1-1 draw away in Andalusia against Granada which saw them come away from Nuevo Los Carmenes with a point after producing another good performance despite failing to win after taking the lead.

Depor have 12 points from a possible 21 after seven games played and sit sixth and it's been nothing short of a fantastic start for Victor Sanchez's men and they've really really impressed so far as has Victor Sanchez.

This is Victor Sanchez's first season as a manager and he's already shown he's got a fantastic future ahead of him in the game as a manager, he's got this Depor side playing extremely well, he's made them much better to watch and he's made them a real force in the final third.

Depor may be in the relegation battle this season but it won't be a long period, Depor will be mid-table this season and will comfortably avoid relegation this season which is what I said before the season started.

They added experience throughout the squad in the summer plus quality in the attacking areas which has made them more solid defensively and a more balanced side and made them more threatening in the final third with goals much easier to come by.

Depor have scored the same amount of goals as Barca so far this season and have a better defence than Barca with just seven goals conceded and twelve goals scored in total and at Riazor they've lost just once this season so far.

Lucas Perez remains in hot form but as Fajr's goal showed in Andalusia in Week 7 goals are now coming from different areas and that's positive for them and it's mainly down to Victor Sanchez and how he has this team playing, they're a joy to watch.

Depor have winnable games coming up so they could be in a fantastic position in the table come Christmas if they continue their good form so far but it won't be easy here against a Bilbao side who will be high on confidence after their win over Los Che in Week 7.

Bilbao have had a poor start to the season just like last season but their 3-1 home success over Los Che in Week 7 will give them much confidence and much belief and they'll now look to climb the table.

Their three away games this season haven't produced much joy with five goals conceded and just one scored with no wins, one draw and two defeats and a trip to Riazor to face a Depor in form will leave them fearful.

Depor are unbeaten in their last three Primera games and their 1-0 home success in this fixture back in January this year will give them confidence as they look to continue their excellent early season form.

Depor have won two of the last five meetings between these two sides and both those two victories came at Riazor, three of the five meetings have ended in draws and Depor have won five of the last six meetings at Riazor, Bilbao last won at Riazor in 2006 in a 2-0 away success.

This will be a tough game for both sides and it'll be fascinating to see which one of them comes out on top, expect a tight encounter in a game that's extremely hard to call and one which could go either way.
Week 8's action ends with the Monday night game as Gijon host Granada at El Molinon in a relegation six-pointer as Gijon look to build on their win in Catalonia in Week 7 whilst Granada look for second away success of the season.

Gijon's defeats to Rayo and Betis could prove to be their downfall come May but their wins away to Depor and Espanyol were excellent and could prove to be the catalyst to their party in May if they survive relegation.

Against Espanyol Gijon had to weather Espanyol's pressure, both early on in the first half and in the second half when the equaliser went in because Espanyol had control and it looked a big ask for Gijon to get a point.

To get three was fantastic and a great result, a superb attack was ended with the last kick of game which saw Menendez fire past Pau in the Espanyol goal and give Gijon a huge huge away success and one they had to work for.

Halilovic continues to show promise and with Barca having problems with injuries it makes you wonder why he was loaned out because for me he's no worse than Munir and I'd argue he's better than Munir!

He's been involved in the majority of their goals and his opening goal was just stunning against Espanyol, he's certainly one of the young players to watch in the Primera this season and he could keep this Gijon side up on his own.

Gijon may be conceding goals now and have done so in their last five games but they're also scoring goals now and enough to get results and even though they're conceding they are still remaining well organised, well structured and hard to break down and hard to beat in the process.

Granada will be pleased to have avoided a fourth successive home defeat by coming from a goal down to draw with Depor in Week 7 because a fourth successive home defeat would have been a near disaster for Granada.

Granada sit rock bottom of the Primera with seven games played and with four points, one win, one draw and five defeats and the second worst defence in the Primera with 13 goals conceded and it's been a poor start.

Granada and Levante are the sides that worry you the most at the moment and with the bottom three the way it is at the moment it's spot on and if that's the bottom three at May it wouldn't be a massive shock from what I've seen so far.

Granada remain poor in the final third but showed slight improvements defensively against Depor but they really must improve and fast because if they remain in a poor position come Christmas they may not survive.

These sides have only ever met twice before in Spanish Football and that came in the 2011/2012 season in the Segunda with Granada winning the meeting at Nuevo Los Carmenes 2-1 but losing 2-0 away at El Molinon to Gijon.

This is a huge game for both sides and an advantage to either on the head to head stakes via success in this game could be decisive come May, this'll be tight but Gijon have to win these games, they've not won at home this season, they have to win this one.






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