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Rayo Vallecano vs Villarreal preview - Asenjo wants errors eradicating

Posted Sunday, January 05, 2014 by PA

Villarreal goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo hopes to return to winning ways and cut out defensive errors when his side return to Primera Division action against Rayo Vallecano on Monday. Villarreal only took one point from their last three league games before the winter break and currently sit sixth in the overall standings. Asenjo, who is on loan at the club from Atletico Madrid, knows it is time to ...Full Story »

Almeria 3 : 0 Granada CF - Almeria in cruise control

Posted Sunday, January 05, 2014 by PA

Almeria moved four points clear of the Primera Division relegation zone after a comfortable 3-0 win over Granada. Sebastian Dubarbier opened the scoring in the 14th minute, while Verza doubled the lead just before the half hour mark from the penalty spot after Diego Mainz had fouled Fernando Soriano in the area. Riki went closest for the visitors, with the former Deportivo La Coruna striker de...Full Story »

Valencia 2 : 0 Levante preview - Winning start for Pizzi

Posted Sunday, January 05, 2014 by PA

Juan Antonio Pizzi enjoyed the ideal start to life as new Valencia coach after seeing his charges earn a 2-0 derby victory over city rivals Levante. Argentina-born Pizzi's countryman Pablo Piatti drilled home the opener just before half-time and the influential Sofiane Feghouli sealed the win midway through the second half with a neat finish. The result gives Valencia only their third victory ...Full Story »

Valladolid 0 : 0 Real Betis preview - Struggling duo share points

Posted Sunday, January 05, 2014 by PA

Real Valladolid and Real Betis shared the spoils in an exciting albeit goalless draw at the Jose Zorilla stadium, a result that does little to help either team's precarious situation in the Primera Division. Los Blanquivioletas move one point away from the drop zone but could find themselves back in it on Sunday if Osasuna beat Espanyol, while Betis remain rooted to the bottom of the table, fiv...Full Story »

Malaga 0 : 1 Atletico de Madrid - Koke is it as Atletico go top

Posted Sunday, January 05, 2014 by PA

A second-half goal from Koke was enough to give Atletico Madrid all three points in a tight game at Malaga with victory guiding Diego Simeone's side to the top of the Primera Division for at least 24 hours. The visitors were made to sweat for the victory and had endured a frustrating afternoon at La Rosaleda until the Spain international popped up with the winner on 70 minutes. Not for the fir...Full Story »

Martino: Messi has the look of a killer

Posted Sunday, January 05, 2014 by YAHOO Sport

Lionel Messi "has the look of a killer" as he battles to recover full fitness, according to Barcelona head coach Gerardo Martino. Messi has not played since injuring his hamstring against Betis in early November, but scored a superb hat trick in a training match earlier this week after returning to Catalunya following recovery work in Argentina. Although he has been left out of the squad to fa...Full Story »

Rosell: Liga title race to go right to the wire

Posted Sunday, January 05, 2014 by YAHOO Sport

Barcelona president Sandro Rosell believes that this year's Liga title race will "go right to the wire". The reigning champion currently tops the table ahead of this weekend's action, but only on goal difference from Atletico Madrid, while Real Madrid is just five points further back in third. Rosell has been hugely impressed by the form of Diego Simeone's men this season and also remains very...Full Story »

Real Sociedad vs Athletic Bilbao preview - Valverde can't wait for derby clash

Posted Sunday, January 05, 2014 by PA

Athletic Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde believes everything is in place for Sunday's Basque derby against Real Sociedad to be one of the most exciting in recent history. Just four points separate fourth-placed Athletic from La Real, who are one place below their neighbours and have their sights set on unseating them in the final Champions League spot. And both teams are in sensational form head...Full Story »

Sevilla vs Getafe preview - Gavilan saw Getafe's run coming

Posted Saturday, January 04, 2014 by PA

Jaime Gavilan has insisted there is nothing surprising about Getafe's strong showing this season and believes the team must strive to do even better in 2014. Despite suffering defeats in three of their last four league outings, the Madrid-based side sit eighth in the Primera Division after 17 games and are through to the last 16 of the Copa del Rey. A trip to in-form Sevilla this weekend will ...Full Story »

Real Madrid vs Celta Vigo preview - Ancelotti expecting quiet January

Posted Saturday, January 04, 2014 by PA

Real Madrid are ready to return to league action on Monday with manager Carlo Ancelotti adamant there will be no movement at the club throughout January. Madrid are often at the heart of big transfer deals and there have been suggestions that the likes of Xabi Alonso and Iker Casillas could be heading away from the Spanish capital. But with the Primera Division back on the table - Madrid take ...Full Story »

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