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LALIGA LEADERS BARCELONA AND REAL MADRID TAKE 100% RECORDS TO THE BASQUE COUNTRY

first_imgAdvertisement All four of Spain’s Champions League teams are playing Saturday ahead of the return of UEFA competition next week, with Atletico hosting Eibar and Valencia welcoming Europa League-bound Real Betis.Lionel Messi’s four LaLiga strikes so far this season have helped his Barca side currently top the LaLiga Santander standings on goal difference. But the Blaugrana will face a difficult task at La Real’s Anoeta stadium, where the Catalan side won 4-2 last year having drawn one and lost three of their previous four visits.Meanwhile, Karim Benzema has been in top form for Real Madrid with four goals over the opening three games, although that form will be tested by an Athletic side unbeaten under their new coach Eduardo Berizzo. Los Leones have also held Los Blancos to draws in their last two LaLiga meetings at San Mames.Down in the capital, Diego Simeone’s Atletico side will be hoping to bounce back from a defeat two weekends ago at Celta and move up the table. Eibar, however, visits the Wanda Metropolitano confident of springing a surprise having drawn there 2-2 as recently as last May.Marcelino’s Valencia has also had an unexpectedly difficult start to 2018/19 and will be looking for a boost against a Betis outfit traveling to Mestalla buoyant from their ‘Gran Derbi’ win against Sevilla before the international break.The weekend’s schedule begins Friday evening when Huesca host fellow LaLiga Santander newboys Rayo Vallecano in the first-ever LaLiga top-flight game at El Alcoraz, with the Aragonese club’s fans keen to see their impressive start continue.Sunday lunchtime brings the action in suburban Madrid, where Leganes host Villarreal with both teams looking for their first LaLiga win of 2018/19. Early afternoon sees Espanyol take on Levante, with each side having registered a win, a draw, and a defeat so far.Sunday’s early evening games have Valladolid aiming for their first goals and first victory of the campaign against Alaves. Getafe visits Sevilla in the late match, with both teams looking to improve on uneven starts to the season.The weekend’s entertainment concludes on Monday evening, when third-placed Celta, still unbeaten under new coach Antonio Mohamed, travel to face a Girona side who have quickly picked up the methods of their incoming manager Eusebio Sacristan. AdvertisementLaLiga Santander returns this weekend with joint leaders Barcelona and Real Madrid aiming to continue their 100% records on tricky trips to face Basque sides Real Sociedad and Athletic Club, respectively.last_img read more

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The Arizona Cardinals 23 start has put their pla

first_img The Arizona Cardinals’ 2-3 start has put their playoff hopes in jeopardy.While the Cardinals are not out of contention in the NFC West, how their quarterback performs will be the key to reach to postseason. Cardinals’ quarterback Carson Palmer was out during last week’s 33-21 game against San Francisco due to the NFL’s concussion protocol.Heading into Monday’s game against the New York Jets, ESPN writer Mike Sando gave his take on the league’s contenders and pretenders and placed Arizona in his “Flawed, but not yet pretenders” category alongside Green Bay, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) throws against the Houston Texans during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith) Comments   Share   Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals (2-3): The Cardinals have the quarterback, running back and pass-rush personnel to factor when it counts. But they’ve suffered enough turnover along the offensive line to call into question whether Carson Palmer can get comfortable and stay on the field. If Palmer remains a question mark, the Cardinals will drop into the pretender category.Palmer has started 22 of the Cardinals’ last 23 games, so concerns about his health might be unfairly called into question. However, his play has dropped off from 2015. Through his first four games this year, Palmer has a QB rating of 81.9, which ranks 24th among 31 qualified NFL quarterbacks.The veteran quarterback will have to take advantage of the Jets (1-4) during in order to continue the salvage operation of their playoff hopes.The Jets rank 22nd in yards allowed per game but rank 31st with 303 passing yards allowed per game. On the flip side, the Jets are first in run defense, allowing just 68.4 yards per game. If Cardinals’ running back David Johnson, who is currently fifth-best in rush yards per game, isn’t able to have a considerable impact on the game, Palmer will have to find a way to get the offense going. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more