La Liga - Matchday 9 preview, including Atlético vs Valencia

Matchday 9 in the Spanish top-flight could see Barcelona staging an epic rise back to the top spot, as Los Culés are two points behind the league leader, Real Madrid.

Both teams will face away games this weekend, and it will surely take more than a smile from Los Blancos and Los Blaugranas to beat Mallorca and Eibar, respectively.

Surprisingly, neither one of these games will be the most interesting, since Atlético and Valencia will be facing each other at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. Los Colchoneros are three points behind the league leaders, and Valencia are far behind in seventh place, which means that both sides need to go all in to try and win all the points.

The match that will kick off all activity will see Granada hosting Osasuna. The tournament's sensation will try to return to the top three teams after losing against Real Madrid last time out.

Without further ado, here's what you need to keep an eye on for Matchday 9 in La Liga.

Team news - Who's in, who's out?

Barcelona will have to face Eibar without six players. Ousmané Dembelé, Gerard Piqué and Ronald Araujo have been ruled out due to their bans, Samuel Umtiti, Junior Firpo and Carles Pérez have been ruled out due to injury.

Atlético Madrid gets to their game against Valencia without two confirmed absences, as Sime Vrsaljko and Stefan Savic have been ruled out, while Vitolo will be assessed before the game to determine his availability.

Real Madrid will have to make do without Marco Asensio, Luka Modric, Lucas Vázquez, Nacho and Gareth Bale. Toni Kroos is still a doubt for Zidane, who will have Ferland Mendy returning to the lot after three weeks on the sidelines.

Coach's quotes ahead of Matchday 9

Barcelona's coach Ernesto Valverde admitted having to deal with a tough start of the season will make the team stronger not only to fight for La Liga, but also for the UEFA Champions League, which seems to be the main obsession for Los Culés.

"We've had a rough moment and what I like the most is that we found the way to bounce back. You can face bad patches, but the main thing is to find the way back to the top. Facing those bad patches gives you the knowledge to fight for every title you can,"the coach stated.

Key historical stats ahead of La Liga's Matchday 9

  • Real Madrid has scored at least four goals against Mallorca in their last three games (all comps).

  • Barcelona has never lost a game against Eibar away from home.

  • Atlético Madrid has failed to score in their last two homes games, with both of them concluding in similar goalless draws.

  • Real Betis has conceded more goals than any other team in La Liga (16).

  • Gerard Moreno (Villarreal), Loren Moron (Real Betis) and Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) are La Liga's top scorers with six goals.

What is social media talking about ahead of Matchday 9?

Real Madrid's social media account recalled one of the first meetings between them and Mallorca with Sergio Ramos as a member of the Spanish giants. That game saw Ramos scoring a goal after an assist by Fernando Gago. Needless to say, this goal caused quite a stir on social media.

La Liga - Matchday 9 games

Granada vs Osasuna Broadcast Information

Kick-off time: Friday 18 October 3:00pm ET / 8:00pm BST / 9:00pm CET
Stadium: Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes (Granada)
Australia: beIN Sports Connect, beIN SPORTS 3, Kayo Sports
Canada: beIN SPORTS CONNECT Canada, beIN SPORTS en Español, fuboTV Canada
Germany: DAZN
Indonesia: beIN Sports Connect Indonesia, beIN Sports 1 Indonesia
Malaysia: beIN Sports Connect Malaysia
Nigeria: SL2G, SuperSport 7 Africa, SL4G, DStv Now
Portugal: Eleven Sports 4 Portugal
Spain: Mitele Plus, Movistar+, Movistar Laliga
Turkey: Digiturk Play, beIN CONNECT Turkey
United Kingdom: Premier Sports 1, Premier Player HD
United States: fuboTV, Fanatiz USA, beIN SPORTS CONNECT, beIN SPORTS en Español

Eibar vs Barcelona Broadcast Information

Kick-off time: Saturday 19 October 7:00am ET / 12:00pm BST / 1:00pm CET
Stadium: Estadio Municipal de Ipurúa (Eibar)
Australia: beIN Sports 1, Kayo Sports, beIN Sports Connect
Canada: beIN Sports Canada, fuboTV Canada, beIN SPORTS en Español, beIN SPORTS CONNECT Canada
France: beIN Sports 2, beIN SPORTS CONNECT
Germany: DAZN
Indonesia: beIN Sports Connect Indonesia, beIN Sports 1 Indonesia
Malaysia: beIN Sports Connect Malaysia, beIN Sports Malaysia
Netherlands: Ziggo Sport Select, Ziggo Sport 14
Nigeria: SuperSport 7 Africa, SL4G, DStv Now, Canal+ Sport 3 Afrique
Portugal: Eleven Sports 1 Portugal
Spain: Movistar Laliga, Movistar+, Mitele Plus
Turkey: Digiturk Play, beIN CONNECT Turkey
United Kingdom: Premier Player HD, Premier Sports 1
United States: fuboTV, Fanatiz USA, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS CONNECT, beIN SPORTS en Español

Atlético Madrid vs Valencia Broadcast Information

Kick-off time: Saturday 19 October 10:00am ET / 3:00pm BST / 4:00pm CET
Stadium: Estadio Wanda Metropolitano (Madrid)
Australia: beIN Sports Connect, beIN Sports 1, Kayo Sports
Canada: fuboTV Canada, beIN SPORTS CONNECT Canada, beIN Sports Canada, beIN SPORTS en Español
France: beIN Sports 2, beIN SPORTS CONNECT
Germany: DAZN
Indonesia: beIN Sports 1 Indonesia, beIN Sports Connect Indonesia
Malaysia: beIN Sports Malaysia, beIN Sports Connect Malaysia
Netherlands: Ziggo Sport 14, Ziggo Sport Select
Nigeria: DStv Now, SuperSport 7 Africa, Canal+ Sport Afrique, SL4G
Portugal: Eleven Sports 1 Portugal
Spain: Movistar Laliga, Movistar+, Mitele Plus
Turkey: Digiturk Play, beIN CONNECT Turkey
United Kingdom: Premier Player HD
United States: beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS CONNECT, beIN SPORTS en Español, fuboTV, Fanatiz USA

Getafe vs Leganés Broadcast Information

Kick-off time: Saturday 19 October 12:30pm ET / 5:30pm BST / 6:30pm CET
Stadium: Coliseum Alfonso Pérez (Getafe)
Australia: beIN Sports Connect, Kayo Sports, beIN SPORTS 2
Canada: beIN Sports Canada, beIN SPORTS en Español, fuboTV Canada, beIN SPORTS CONNECT Canada
Germany: DAZN
Indonesia: beIN Sports 1 Indonesia, beIN Sports Connect Indonesia
Malaysia: beIN Sports Malaysia, beIN Sports Connect Malaysia
Nigeria: SuperSport 7 Africa, DStv Now, SL4G
Portugal: Eleven Sports 2 Portugal
Spain: Movistar Laliga, Mitele Plus, Movistar+
Turkey: beIN CONNECT Turkey, Digiturk Play
United Kingdom: Premier Sports 1, Premier Player HD
United States: beIN SPORTS CONNECT, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS en Español, fuboTV, Fanatiz USA

Mallorca vs Real Madrid Broadcast Information

Kick-off time: Saturday 19 October 3:00pm ET / 8:00pm BST / 9:00pm CET
Stadium: Iberostar Estadi (Palma de Mallorca)
Australia: Kayo Sports, beIN Sports Connect, beIN SPORTS 2
Canada: fuboTV Canada, beIN SPORTS en Español, beIN SPORTS CONNECT Canada, beIN Sports Canada
France: beIN Sports 2, beIN SPORTS CONNECT
Germany: DAZN
Indonesia: beIN Sports 1 Indonesia, beIN Sports Connect Indonesia
Malaysia: beIN Sports Connect Malaysia, beIN Sports Malaysia
Netherlands: Ziggo Sport Voetbal
Nigeria: SL2G, SuperSport 7 Africa, DStv Now, SL4G, Canal+ Sport 2 Afrique
Portugal: Eleven Sports 1 Portugal
Spain: Movistar Laliga, Mitele Plus, Partidazo in Movistar LaLiga
Turkey: Digiturk Play, beIN CONNECT Turkey
United Kingdom: Premier Sports 1, Premier Player HD
United States: beIN SPORTS CONNECT, Fanatiz USA, beIN SPORTS en Español, beIN SPORTS, fuboTV

Deportivo Alavés vs Celta de Vigo Broadcast Information

Kick-off time: Sunday 20 October 6:00am ET / 11:00am BST / 12:00pm CET
Stadium: Estadio de Mendizorroza (Vitoria-Gasteiz)
Australia: beIN Sports Connect, Kayo Sports
Canada: beIN SPORTS CONNECT Canada
France: beIN Sports MAX 4, beIN SPORTS CONNECT
Germany: DAZN
Indonesia: beIN Sports Connect Indonesia, beIN Sports 1 Indonesia
Malaysia: beIN Sports Malaysia, beIN Sports Connect Malaysia
Nigeria: SL4G, SuperSport 7 Africa, DStv Now
Portugal: Eleven Sports 1 Portugal
Spain: Mitele Plus, Movistar Laliga
Turkey: beIN CONNECT Turkey, Digiturk Play
United Kingdom: Premier Player HD, Premier Sports 1, FreeSports TV UK
United States: fuboTV, Fanatiz USA, beIN SPORTS CONNECT

Real Sociedad vs Real Betis Broadcast Information

Kick-off time: Sunday 20 October 8:00am ET / 1:00pm BST / 2:00pm CET
Stadium: Reale Arena (Donostia-San Sebastián)
Australia: beIN Sports Connect, Kayo Sports
Canada: fuboTV Canada, beIN Sports Canada, beIN SPORTS CONNECT Canada, beIN SPORTS en Español
France: beIN Sports MAX 6, beIN SPORTS CONNECT
Germany: DAZN
Indonesia: beIN Sports 1 Indonesia, beIN Sports Connect Indonesia
Malaysia: beIN Sports Malaysia, beIN Sports Connect Malaysia
Nigeria: SL4G, DStv Now, SuperSport 7 Africa
Portugal: Eleven Sports 1 Portugal
Spain: Gol
Turkey: beIN CONNECT Turkey, Digiturk Play
United Kingdom: Premier Sports 1, Premier Player HD
United States: fuboTV, beIN SPORTS CONNECT, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS en Español, Fanatiz USA

Espanyol vs Villarreal Broadcast Information

Kick-off time: Sunday 20 October 10:00am ET / 3:00pm BST / 4:00pm CET
Stadium: RCDE Stadium (Cornella de Llobregat)
Australia: Kayo Sports, beIN SPORTS 3, beIN Sports Connect
Canada: fuboTV Canada, beIN Sports Canada, beIN SPORTS CONNECT Canada, beIN SPORTS en Español
France: beIN Sports MAX 6, beIN SPORTS CONNECT
Germany: DAZN
Indonesia: beIN Sports 1 Indonesia, beIN Sports Connect Indonesia
Malaysia: beIN Sports Connect Malaysia, beIN Sports Malaysia
Nigeria: DStv Now, SL4G, SuperSport 7 Africa
Portugal: Eleven Sports 1 Portugal
Spain: Movistar Laliga, Mitele Plus
Turkey: Digiturk Play, beIN CONNECT Turkey
United Kingdom: Premier Player HD, Premier Sports 1
United States: beIN SPORTS CONNECT, beIN SPORTS en Español, Fanatiz USA, beIN SPORTS, fuboTV

Athletic Club vs Real Valladolid Broadcast Information

Kick-off time: Sunday 20 October 12:30pm ET / 5:30pm BST / 6:30pm CET
Stadium: San Mamés Barria (Bilbao)
Australia: Kayo Sports, beIN SPORTS 3, beIN Sports Connect
Canada: fuboTV Canada, beIN Sports Canada, beIN SPORTS CONNECT Canada, beIN SPORTS en Español
France: beIN Sports 2, beIN SPORTS CONNECT
Germany: DAZN
Indonesia: beIN Sports 1 Indonesia, beIN Sports Connect Indonesia
Malaysia: beIN Sports Connect Malaysia, beIN Sports Malaysia
Nigeria: DStv Now, SL4G, SuperSport 7 Africa
Portugal: Eleven Sports 1 Portugal
Spain: Movistar Laliga, Mitele Plus
Turkey: Digiturk Play, beIN CONNECT Turkey
United Kingdom: Premier Sports 1, Premier Player HD
United States: beIN SPORTS CONNECT, beIN SPORTS en Español, Fanatiz USA, beIN SPORTS, fuboTV

Sevilla vs Levante Broadcast Information

Kick-off time: Sunday 20 October 3:00pm ET / 8:00pm BST / 9:00pm CET
Stadium: Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán (Sevilla)
Australia: Kayo Sports, beIN Sports Connect, beIN SPORTS 3
Canada: beIN Sports Canada, beIN SPORTS en Español, beIN SPORTS CONNECT Canada, fuboTV Canada
France: beIN SPORTS CONNECT, beIN Sports 1
Germany: DAZN
Indonesia: beIN Sports 1 Indonesia, beIN Sports Connect Indonesia
Malaysia: beIN Sports Connect Malaysia, beIN Sports Malaysia
Netherlands: Ziggo Sport Select, Ziggo Sport 14
Nigeria: SL4G, SuperSport 7 Africa, DStv Now
Portugal: Eleven Sports 1 Portugal
Spain: Movistar Laliga, Mitele Plus
Turkey: beIN CONNECT Turkey, Digiturk Play
United Kingdom: Premier Sports 1, Premier Player HD
United States: fuboTV, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS CONNECT, Fanatiz USA, beIN SPORTS en Español

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