Home debut for Solari in Spain's matchday 11

Source: Xinhua| 2018-11-01 19:50:37|Editor: Li Xia
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MADRID, Nov. 1 (Xinhua) -- Santiago Solari will make his home debut as Real Madrid coach when his side entertain Valladolid in La Liga on Saturday afternoon.

Solari, who was named as Julen Lopetegui's temporary replacement on Monday, saw Real Madrid produce an improved display as a team filled with fringe players won 4-0 away to third tier Melilla on Wednesday night in the Copa del Rey.

He can expect Valladolid to provide tougher opposition, as the recently-promoted side have won four and drawn one of their last five games and currently sit sixth in La Liga, three places above Real Madrid.

Solari will be without injured defenders Raphael Varane, Marcelo, Jesus Vallejo and Dani Carvajal, and will have to make changes at the back. He will also have to decide whether to give a start to young Brazilian Vinicius Jr after the teenager's impressive performance in Melilla.

The 11th round of La Liga matches kicks off on Saturday lunchtime with a Madrid derby between Leganes and Atletico Madrid.

Leganes need a win to climb out of the relegation places, while three points for Atletico would temporarily lift them to the top of the table above FC Barcelona.

Barca will regain the leadership if they win away to struggling Rayo Vallecano in Saturday's evening.

The Catalans are still without Samuel Umtiti and Lionel Messi as the Argentinian continues to recover from a broken bone in his right arm, but will be filled with confidence following their 5-1 thrashing of Real Madrid in "El Clasico" last weekend.

Rayo Vallecano are without a home win all season and have just five points from ten matches since returning to La Liga, but produced a spirited display to draw away to Leganes in the Copa del Rey on Tuesday night.

Valencia are also in action on Saturday and Marcelino Garcia's side will be looking for their first home win of the campaign when Girona visit the Mestalla. Valencia have only lost one league game so far in 2018-19, but with just seven goals on the board they have also drawn eight of their ten matches.

Sunday kicks off with a Basque derby as Eibar entertain Alaves, who are currently second in the table following their best ever start to a top-flight season.

Abelardo Fernandez's side already have three wins away from home, while Eibar have two victories in front of their home fans.

Villarreal's Javier Calleja could become the third coach to lose his job this season if his side fail to win their home tie against Valencia-based Levante. The Yellow Submarine lies just one point above the relegation zone in 17th position, ten places below their rivals on Sunday.

Real Sociedad are still in search of their first home win of the season as Sevilla visit Anoeta, where thoughts will be with the home side's midfielder Luca Sangalli, who suffered a minor stroke on Wednesday.

At the bottom of the table, Huesca also need their first home win, but will find it tough against a well-organized Getafe side, while Real Betis need goals to kick-start their season when they entertain Celta Vigo.

The Andalucians have netted just five goals so far in La Liga and have failed to score in their last three league matches.

The 11th round of matches concludes on Monday when Espanyol entertain Athletic Bilbao, who have not won an away league game against the Barcelona-based side since 1998.

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