SaturdayAtlÃÂ©tico Madrid vs RecreativoDue to a joint-gesticulating rojiblanco fan smoking a jazz cigarette the size of Belgium, La Liga Loca - along with the surrounding eight rows - only has fuzzy memories of last seasonÃ¢ÂÂs Recreativo clash in the CalderÃÂ³n.However, one musty, fusty recollection the blog does have is those delightful Ultra scamps making monkey chants to the then Recreativo striker, Sinama-Pongolle. On Saturday, the deplorable dark underbelly of the home support is going to have to do a Dixie Chicks and be ready to make nice with their new striker due to the month long injury to Diego ForlÃÂ¡n and the possible complete exhaustion of wunderkid, Kun AgÃÂ¼ero. LLL Prediction - Home win. Espanyol vs GetafeThe latest footballer to do the "me? think of leaving? moi? never!Ã¢ÂÂ routine is Espanyol striker, Luis GarcÃÂa. Despite batting his eyes in BenficaÃ¢ÂÂs direction for much of the summer and admitting that he would follow Quique SÃÂ¡nchez Flores to the ends of the earth - and who wouldnÃ¢ÂÂt? - GarcÃÂa has claimed that he always intended to continue his moaning, moochy presence in the Montjuic. Ã¢ÂÂI never wanted to go, but the club needed to sell,Ã¢ÂÂ shrugged GarcÃÂa after the closure of the transfer window. His two goals in two games have lead the Montjuic board to put down the ham for a moment or two to begin talks to tie the forward to a contract extension to 2012 - the next time Espanyol will lead the table, again, most probably. LLL Prediction - Draw. SundayAlmerÃÂa vs MalagaWith Citizen Oleguer now flying the red flag of freedom and giving power to the people in the Dutch league, his arch-nemesis Salva Ballesta has had little to rant about. But on Thursday the fighter pilot, king-and-country-loving, true Spanish patriot decided to turn on his misfiring Malaga team-mates who have had a sluggish start to the season - in the, not having scored a goal yet, sense. Ã¢ÂÂA good image wonÃ¢ÂÂt get us any points,Ã¢ÂÂ growled the currently crocked striker. Ã¢ÂÂPoints are the most important thing and after that itÃ¢ÂÂs looking good.Ã¢ÂÂ On Sunday, they are unlikely to manage either.LLL Prediction - Home win. Athletic vs ValladolidWith Valladolid coach JosÃÂ© Lluis Mendilibar being banished to the San MamÃÂ©s stands for making naughty gestures towards the referee in last weekÃ¢ÂÂs AtlÃÂ©tico clash, assistant coach Angel Felix has stepped into the footballing spotlight. And itÃ¢ÂÂs likely that a music-hall style umbrella hook will be needed to get him out of it. Felix chose his press conference this week to have a pop at, SundayÃ¢ÂÂs opposition number, JoaquÃÂn Ã¢ÂÂdidnÃ¢ÂÂt you used to be Batman?Ã¢ÂÂ CaparrÃÂ³s and accused him of employing skulduggery during games. Ã¢ÂÂHeÃ¢ÂÂs someone who tries to get his players to waste time and uses underhand tricks. And the referees allow it,Ã¢ÂÂ claimed fearsome Felix.Considering an Athletic groundsman was caught by the opposition trying to make the San MamÃÂ©s pitch narrower shortly before the kick-off in a cup game against Espanyol last season, La Liga Loca thinks that Felix may have a fair point. LLL Prediction - Home win. Betis vs SevillaSince the death of Antonio Puerta, the truce between these two most childish of clubs has held, despite Betis being hammered in both the matches last season. And Darth de LoperaÃ¢ÂÂs right-hand man - or giant finger puppet, depending on your point of view - Pepe Leon hopes that the hostilities continue to be held off on Sunday. Ã¢ÂÂWe all want it to be a new derby of togetherness,Ã¢ÂÂ grinned the daisy-carrying, de la Soul loving Betis club president. Sevilla are more concerned by a claim that is reportedly being made against the club by the parents of Puerta. Marca write that the couple are demanding 240,000 euros from the club as a Ã¢ÂÂreconciliation paymentÃ¢ÂÂ for the defenderÃ¢ÂÂs death. The paper writes that if the sum is not agreed upon then a demand could be made for full compensation. LLL Prediction - Away win. Numancia vs VillarrealIn these days of purse-tightening and scraps-saving, Villarreal have done every club in La Liga a favour by saving them the trouble of funding costly scouting trips to South America. ThatÃ¢ÂÂs because theyÃ¢ÂÂve already bought everyone there. Ã¢ÂÂWe sent MiÃÂ±ambres (sporting director) to Brazil with a list of the 20 best young players in the country,Ã¢ÂÂ recalled Pepe Mel, Rayo Vallecano manager, this week. Ã¢ÂÂWhen he had seen eight he called us and said that six of them had been signed by Villarreal and loaned out.(Ã¢ÂÂ And itÃ¢ÂÂs not just in Brazil that the clubÃ¢ÂÂs tentacles have been travelling. The Yellow Submarine also own 50% of the rights on seven River Plate players and five other footballers currently being loaned out to other Primera and Segunda division clubs. LLL Prediction - Away win. Deportivo vs MallorcaThis weeks News from Sweden delves into the attempts being made by Swedish towns to make their abodes sound a little more than a sauna-with-an-elk-museum one bar dumps, by giving zany, attention-grabbing slogans to their homes. West coast town Stenungsund has plumped for the thrilling-sounding Ã¢ÂÂThe pleasant coastal community with belief in the future and developmentÃ¢ÂÂ but it is likely to miss out on the all important tourist dollar, having been trumped by Malung who boast Ã¢ÂÂ42 square kilometres with development.Ã¢ÂÂ LLL Prediction - DrawValencia vs OsasunaHaving been at Mestalla for a good few months and avoided being sacked, Unai Emery has had time to discover what makes Valencia so... different. Ã¢ÂÂThe club is like a table with four legs,Ã¢ÂÂ explains Emery. Ã¢ÂÂOne leg is the players, another is the executives, another is the fans and the other is the media. If one falls the structure staggers, but if more fail, then it collapses.Ã¢ÂÂ Unai has clearly never shopped at Ikea when a flower pot is enough to bring the whole flimsy piece of furniture crashing.LLL Prediction - Home win. Racing Santander vs Real MadridLa Liga Loca decided to watch the action-packed Madrid vs BATE Champions League game, sitting in its comfortable chair of judgement atop an ivory tower by suggesting to one of the players that he and his team-mates should have racked up a century against a side that couldnÃ¢ÂÂt even kick-off properly.Pish and tiffle, says said a steely-staring Royston Drenthe, when confronted with this accusation by the blog after the game.Ã¢ÂÂItÃ¢ÂÂs always like this in these kind of games... they know that they are the underdog, so we have to push out,Ã¢ÂÂ explained the somewhat despondent Dutchman. Ã¢ÂÂItÃ¢ÂÂs only 2-0, but everyone is going to talk now and say Ã¢ÂÂthey only scored two goals.Ã¢ÂÂ It was difficult as they were defending with everybody.Ã¢ÂÂ
Tomas Roncero was so gloomy on Thursday that Mrs Roncero probably had to slip into her special Ã¢ÂÂRaÃÂºlÃ¢ÂÂ outfit just to cheer the AS writer up. Ã¢ÂÂThis 2008/09 version of Real Madrid is starting to irritate me,Ã¢ÂÂ complained Roncero. Ã¢ÂÂItÃ¢ÂÂs boring monotonous, flat, flaccid and course.Ã¢ÂÂ As will be SundayÃ¢ÂÂs game against Racing Santander, who will be fresh from playing the brilliantly named Finnish side, Honka Espoo. LLL Prediction - Draw. Sporting vs BarcelonaThierry Henry was all snarly and gnarly this week in an interview with Sport. The Barcelona hoardings-hitter complained that Ã¢ÂÂitÃ¢ÂÂs only in England that they applaud you when you lose. Here you have to win to keep people happy.Ã¢ÂÂ Luckily for the less than titanic Titi, the number of people he has to entertain day-in, day-out seems to be dwindling with the Barcelona press growing a little concerned at falling attendances at the Camp Nou. Sport note that the average attendance in the Champions League games in the Kingdom of Catalunya between 2004 and 2008 was 70,000. Unfortunately the number of people ducking shots from AndrÃÂ©s Iniesta was just 59,000. LLL Prediction - Away win.