Barcelona, Madrid aim to continue with 100% start as Sporting Huelva continue to struggle: Liga F Week 4 Preview

Barcelona, Madrid aim to continue with 100% start as Sporting Huelva continue to struggle: Liga F Week 4 Preview
Barcelona welcomed back their last season top scorer Asisat Oshoala (L) in their 6-0 win drubbing of Valencia on Thursday night after she had missed their weekend match / © Photo by Joan Valls / Urbanandsport / NurPhoto via Getty Images

Barcelona will go through a character test in their title defence when they face visiting Real Sociedad at the Estadi Johan Cruyff on Sunday evening.

The hosts hammered Valencia 6-0 on Thursday evening, sending a clear message ahead of their weekend clash.  

The Catalan giants will be missing the services of long term injured defender Fridolina Rolfö as well as midfielder Keira Walsh and forward Salma Paralluelo but have all other players available for selection. They also welcomed forward Asisat Oshoala back during their 6-0 win over Valencia on Thursday night after she had missed their weekend match.

They will be looking to maintain their 100% start to the season and manage the pressure being exerted by Real Madrid who were seeking to end their dominance last season.

The visitors, on the other hand, will be banking on midfielder Nerea Eizagirre for inspiration and forward Synne Jensen for goals whilst hoping forward Amaiur Sarriegi will be back from injury.

The teams have met 28 times with Barcelona winning 23 and drawing five.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid are aiming to continue with their fine run as they face off with visiting Villarreal at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on Saturday night.

The Madrid side have won all their three matches so far despite losing their midfield magician, Caroline Weir to a long term injury. Midfielder Maite Oroz will be hoping to continue with her goalscoring form as she has scored in two consecutive matches in the absence of the injured Weir whilst midfielder Hayley Raso got off her mark after scoring against Real Betis in her team’s 5-1 win on Wednesday evening.

The visitors, on the other hand, will be hoping to end their losing streak having lost all their opening three matches and find themselves bottom of the log standings.

The teams have met five times with Real Madrid winning four and drawing one.

Levante hope to get their second win of the season when they date hosts Real Betis at the Ciudad Deportiva Luis de Sol on Sunday afternoon.

The visitors have drawn their last two games against Atlético Madrid and Real Sociedad respectively and would want to bounce back to winning ways whilst the hosts will be hoping to put behind their 5-1 drubbing at the hands of Real Madrid on Wednesday evening.

The visitors will be without their last season top goal scorer Alba Redondo after missing the last two matches due to a suspected sprained ankle she suffered during their first match of the season against Sevilla. The hosts, on the other hand, will be missing forward Júlia Aguado after being red carded in a match against Real Sociedad last weekend.

The teams have met 14 times with Levante winning eight, losing three and drawing three.

Atlético Madrid will be looking to continue collecting points when they clash with visiting Sevilla at the Centro Deportivo Alcalá de Henares on Saturday afternoon.

The hosts have collected seven points out of nine in their first three matches of the season whilst Sevilla will be buoyed by their first win where they emphatically drubbed UDG Tenerife 5-1 on Wednesday evening.

The hosts will be hoping that forwards Estefanía Banini, Eva Navarro and Sheila Guijarro are at their best in the absence of Brazilian forward Ludmila whilst Sevilla will be banking on forward Cristina Martín-Prieto to lead them to victory.

The teams have met 20 times with Atlético Madrid winning 15, losing one and drawing four.

Madrid CFF are looking forward to making it three wins on the trot when they face visiting league debutants Granada CF at the Estadio Fernando Torres on Sunday afternoon.

The hosts will be hoping that their in-form forward Racheal Kundananji is in good form to continue with her goal scoring form as she has netted four times in three matches so far with able support from forward Lucía Pardo who has three assists so far.

On the other hand, Granada CF started their debut season on a winning note but lost their other two matches and will be looking to bounce back to winning ways and upset their opponents in their own backyard.

The teams have not met before and the winner will set a record of winning their maiden clash in a competitive match.

A clash between hosts SD Eibar and UDG Tenerife at the Municipal de Ipurua on Sunday afternoon is expected not to be short of fireworks as the two sides have had a difficult start to their campaign both winning once and losing twice.

Eibar will be looking to bounce back from their 6-1 drubbing at the hands of Madrid CFF on Wednesday and utilise home advantage.

On the other hand, UDG Tenerife will have to do without defender Agustina Barroso who was given a straight red card just after 19 minutes in their 5-1 loss to Sevilla on Wednesday evening.

Both teams find themselves on three points each and a win for either side will take them to six points.

The teams have met in four competitive matches with UDG Tenerife winning three and losing one.

Having started off badly and only winning their first match of the season against Granada on Wednesday, Athletic Club will look to record their second win when they face visiting Sporting Huelva at the Lezama Facilities on Monday evening.

The hosts will be hoping that their forwards led by Ane Azkona are at their best to secure maximum points whilst the visitors will be aiming to take advantage of the struggles of their opponents who lost experienced players during the summer.

A win will take Athletic Club to six points and Huelva to four points.

The teams have met 23 times with Athletic Club winning 12, losing three and drawing eight.

Levante Las Planas will be looking to collect more points when they meet hosts Valencia at the Ciudad Deportiva de Paterna on Monday night.

The visitors will be hoping that forwards Jessica Martínez and Irina Uribe are at their best to propel them to victory whilst Valencia will be placing their hopes on forwards Fiamma Iannuzzi and Macarena Portales for inspiration.

A win for Las Planas will take them to ten points after playing to a one-all draw in their match against Sporting Huelva on Thursday evening.

The teams have met six times with Valencia winning three, losing two and drawing one.

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Fixtures (Saturday): Atlético Madrid vs Sevilla (12:00); Real Madrid vs Villarreal (20:30)

Fixtures (Sunday): SD Eibar vs UDG Tenerife (12:00); Real Betis vs Levante (13:00); Madrid CFF vs Granada CF (16:30); Barcelona vs Real Sociedad (18:30)

Fixtures (Monday): Athletic Club vs Sporting Huelva (18:00); Valencia vs Levante Las Planas (20:00)

All times are Central European Time (CET)