La Liga Preview: Las Palmas amongst the big boys as Spain’s top tier returns to action.

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La Liga returns to action after a week-long hiatus with surprise leaders Las Palmas defending their 100% record in the league away at Sevilla.

The Gran Canarians began their second successive season in La Liga with an impressive 4-2 win away at Valencia, before thrashing Granada 5-1 to put them level on points with Barcelona and Real Madrid after two matches.

Sevilla themselves have not found it difficult to find the net this season, having scored 6 in a ten goal thriller at home to Espanyol before a much tighter affair away at Villarreal ended 0-0.

Barcelona resume their campaign at home to a dogged Alaves side that three years ago were in Spain’s third tier.

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Barcelona players enjoyed their first training session back after the international break. (Image Credit: youtube.com)

The Basque country’s newest Liga club have already shocked one of Spain’s big hitters by grabbing a last gasp draw away at Aletico Madrid and a repeat of that at the Nou Camp would be the stuff of dreams.

They will be up against a Barcelona side who thrashed Gus Poyet’s Real Betis 6-2 at home on the opening day before then grinding out a win away at Athletic Bilbao a week later.

In addition to that famous point at the Vicente Calderon, Alaves picked up another draw at home to Real Sporting Gijon. Three draws from three would be improbable at best for the minnows.

Real Madrid are the third and final side with a 100% record intact, having eased to a 3-0 away win at Real Sociedad courtesy of Gareth Bale’s excellent performance on the opening weekend.

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Real Madrid want to add to their early season momentum against Osasuna. (Image Credit: bbc.co.uk)

Against Celta Vigo at the Bernebeu they did not have it all their own way and won the game 2-1 courtesy of a late Toni Kroos goal, although they could have Cristiano Ronaldo back after an extended absence.

This weekend, they face newly promoted Osasuna, who are back in the big time after two seasons away.

The visitors have just one point this season after a 2-2 draw away at Malaga was followed up by a meek display in a 2-0 home reverse against Real Sociedad, with their chances of adding to that tally this weekend looking slim.

Diego Simeone will be hoping that Atletico Madrid shake themselves out of an early season slump that has seen them fail to win either of their opening league games against promoted opposition.

At home to Alaves, they were pegged back to 1-1 in injury time despite taking the lead through a Kevin Gameiro penalty in the third minute of stoppage time, and in the local derby against Leganes they were insipid as they failed to get on the scoresheet.

This weekend, they travel to a pointless Celta Vigo – who themselves lost to Leganes in the opening round of fixtures, before they went down gallantly to Real Madrid.

OTHER FIXTURES:

Real Sociedad v Espanyol
Malaga v Villarreal
Sporting Gijon v Leganes
Valencia v Real Betis
Granada v Eibar
Deportivo La Coruna v Atheltic Club de Bilbao

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