Barcelona- Athletico Madrid
Barcelona has been as good as expected so far this season cruising to two easy wins to start off their 2009 campaign. Athletico Madrid, a club that is usually a top five finisher, has started off the year on a sour note with a 3-0 season debut loss to Malaga and a draw last week at home against Racing Santander. With another loss this week, Athletico Madrid will put themselves in a terrible hole that will be awfully hard to climb out of.
Athletic Bilbao has been thankful so far this season for a favorable schedule. The club has narrow wins over Espanyol and Xerez so far this season. But things will get much tougher this weekend as they face Villareal. Villareal is still searching for their first win of the 09 season so far the club has only been able to accomplish draws against Osasuna and Mallorca. This one should tell us if Athletic Bilbao is the real deal or a team with a lucky first couple of weeks.
Valencia has looked very impressive at the start of the season with a 2-1 win over Sevilla at home in their debut and then a 4-2 thrashing of Valladolid in an away match. Sporting Gijon on the other hand has showed flashes of both good and bad football so far this season with a win over Almeria last week and a tough loss to Barcelona in the first week. This match looks like a perfect opportunity for Valencia to prove that they deserve to be a top of the league table squad.