The fifth round of the Spanish league will open tomorrow (Friday) with the game between Salta Vigo and Cadiz. Four more games will be played on Saturday, with the focus – champion Atletico Madrid looking for a fourth victory of the season when it hosts Athletic Bilbao. In addition, the pointless Alavés will host Osasuna for the Basque Derby, Elche will host Levante while newcomer Rayo and Ikano will host Hattafa, who are looking for first league points.
Atletico Madrid – Athletic Bilbao (Saturday, 17:15, ONE)
The champion comes into the match after the 0.0 home draw against Porto last Wednesday in the first round of the Champions League home stage. And after the super.dramatic away win over Espanyol in the last round. The Colchoneros will hope to record a second consecutive league victory, while Bilbao, who have won the last two rounds, will stand on the other side and if they surprise and achieve a third consecutive victory, they will overtake Atletico Madrid, which is now two points ahead. Thomas Lamar will be absent from the guest ranks at the muscle injury stage.
Salta Vigo – Cadiz (Fri, 10pm, ONE)
Leonardo Coudette’s team with a very weak season opener, with only one point out of 12 possible. Salta players know that if they do not want to start the season with a hole that is too deep, they must achieve a premiere victory, while on the other hand there is an opponent who is also looking for a first victory in La Liga for the 2021/22 season. The host looked not bad in the first half against Real Madrid, and even led twice – 0: 1 and 1: 2, but fell apart and was defeated 5: 2. Cadiz on the other hand started the season with two draws, but lost in the last two rounds and also needs a win.
Elche – Levante (Saturday, 19:30, ONE)
Elche, who finished last season one place above the red line, with not a bad season opener at all, when apart from the narrow loss against champions Atletico Madrid in the second round, the players of Francisco Ascriba collected five points. On the other hand, Levante has only lost once so far, but has drawn three times in the rest of its games and is still without a win in the Spanish league.
Rayo and Ikano – Hattafa (15:00, ONE)
Alabs – Osasuna (22:00, ONE)
Sunday games in the Spanish league:
Mallorca – Villarreal (15:00)
Real Sociedad – Sevilla (17:15)
Betis – Espanyol (19:30)
Valencia – Real Madrid (22:00)