Athletic Bilbao vs. Mallorca
Saturday, June 27, 2020 – 08:00 AM EDT
Athletic Bilbao will aim to reignite their bid for a Europa League place when they host struggling Mallorca at San Mames on Saturday. The Basque side has played well since the Spanish season resumed a few weeks ago. They held Atletico Madrid to a 1-1 draw in their first game back, then picked up a 2-2 draw at local rivals Eibar before beating Real Betis. They suffered a 1-0 defeat to Barcelona last time out, but they should be able to bounce back with a win in this game.
Mallorca are marooned in 18th place after taking just one point from four games since the restart. They only avoided defeat against Leganes, the team directly below them in the table, and they have struggled against quality opposition. Mallorca struggle when leaving the island – they have lost 12 of 15 away games so far this season – and they are unlikely to trouble Athletic Bilbao unduly when they meet on Saturday. It finished 0-0 when these teams played in Mallorca earlier this season, but the hosts should grind out a low-scoring win in this game. Just 10% of Athletic Bilbao’s games have gone over 3.5 goals this season, so combining a home win with under 3.5 goals looks appealing.
Atletico Madrid vs. Alaves
Saturday, June 27, 2020 – 04:00 PM EDT
Atletico Madrid are the masters of grinding out narrow victories. They responded to that 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao by thrashing Osasuna 5-0, but they have since reverted to type. The beat Valladolid 1-0 a week ago, and then beat Levante 1-0 in midweek. That run of three straight victories has carried them up to their usual position of third in the table, and that is where they should finish the season.
Alaves have failed to score in three of their last four games. That has seen them tumble down the table, but they are still nine points clear of the drop zone, so they are in no immediate danger. They are a hard-working side, but they lack quality going forwards, and they will struggle to break down this solid Atletico Madrid defense. Atletico are blessed with plenty of dangerous forwards, so they should be able to put a couple of goals past Alaves and keep things tight at the back.
Espanyol vs. Real Madrid
Sunday, June 28, 2020 – 04:00 PM EDT
Real Madrid have been the most impressive team in La Liga since the season restarted. They have won all four games and they are now top of the table. However, Barcelona are level on points with Los Blancos, so they need to keep fighting for points until the season concludes. Zinedine Zidane has a large, talented squad at his disposal, and he has masterfully rotated his players since the restart. Gareth Bale came in alongside Eden Hazard, Vinicius Junior, and Karim Benzema in a 2-0 win over Mallorca last time out. That attacking line-up allowed Zidane to rest Toni Kroos, who should come in alongside Luka Modric for this game. Zidane can also call upon Marco Asensio, James Rodriguez, and Isco to freshen things up, while his first-choice back four is fit.
Espanyol remain rooted to the foot of the table after suffering back-to-back defeats against Levante and Real Betis. Real Madrid have won 12 of their last 13 games against Espanyol, and beat them 2-0 at the Bernebeu earlier this season, so this game should be one-way traffic.