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The top La Liga clash from this midweek round is a derby between Getafe and Atletico Madrid, set for the Coliseum Alfonso Perez.

The Rojiblancos have not lost to the Azulones in the top-flight league since way back in November 2011 and will head to the South of Madrid confident of another three-point haul.

epa09470422 Real Madrid’s Luka Modric in action during the UEFA Champions League group D soccer match between FC Inter and Real Madrid at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 15 September 2021. EPA/MATTEO BAZZI

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One of the players Atletico will be looking to is Argentine forward Angel Correa, who has made a significant impact so far this season, and looks to have been inspired by the return of supporters: “I am very happy because we got the victory and we were able to dedicate it to the fans, to our people, they’re finally back,” he said after scoring the winner against Elche last month.

“Since the pandemic began, they were with us, but having them here is an immense joy and I want to dedicate this victory to them.”

Elsewhere this midweek, Barcelona will hope Memphis Depay can continue to be an inspiring figure for their trip to face Cadiz at Estadio Nuevo Mirandilla. The Dutch attacker has had the unenviable and impossible job of trying to fill Lionel Messi’s boots, but he’s looked right at home in the Blaugrana colours thus far.

“Personally, as well I know I can give more. I didn’t feel so fresh, a little bit of pain, but to keep the three points at home is the most important thing and to have the fans back, so feels great,” said Depay after steering Barca to a 2-1 home win over Getafe just before the international break.

Another key clash this midweek sees Real Madrid welcome Mallorca to Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, with Los Blancos looking to make a statement of intent. Manager Carlo Ancelotti hopes to see his side take a step forward in the coming weeks.

“There are many things that we have to improve on. But I think the balance is positive,” said the Italian, while midfielder Casemiro added: “This is the way to win titles and we are working well. The key has been the work of everyone and of those who entered late on.”

This first midweek round of the 2021-22 Serie A season is headlined by champions Internazionale travelling to Stadio Artemio Franchi to take on hosts Fiorentina. The Nerazzurri have made a positive start to the defence of their Scudetto despite the loss of manager Antonio Conte and key players such as Romelu Lukaku and Achraf Hakimi  but current boss Simone Inzaghi believes there is still room for improvement.

“I knew I was going to meet an important challenge,” Inzaghi said of taking over the managerial position from Conte. “The fans and the environment are going in one direction. They all know that we have gone through very important sales to stabilise the club. Now we must all go in the same direction and react to the difficulties, and as mentioned our motivation will make a difference.”

Inter’s cross-town rivals, AC Milan, will have a home clash against Venezia, while Juventus will target three points from their trip to Spezia – with veteran defender Leonardo Bonucci admitting that the Bianconeri have not lived up to their own high standards thus far in the new season.

“Juve are not the ones from yesterday,” said Bonucci. “Now it’s time to work and get results.”

Elsewhere, Roma will target a victory at the Stadio Olimpico when Udinese visit the ‘Eternal City’, with the hosts hoping that former Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham can continue to make a major impact.

“I spoke to [manager] Jose [Mourinho] and [general manager] Thiago [Pinto] before coming here,” said the English striker. “They told me the ambition of the club, they want from the club and how they see the club moving forward.

“I am someone who is very ambitious myself, so when I see a vision and I believe in a vision, and I believe I can help in the vision, I give my all. I am here to win. I didn’t come here just to play, to score, I’m here to help the team as much as possible and hopefully lift a trophy at the end.”

This midweek round also features Atalanta hosting Sassuolo, Napoli visiting Sampdoria and Torino playing host to Lazio, with Le Aquile hoping to continue the free-scoring form that saw them rocket to the top of the standings early in the campaign.

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epa09461820 Victor Osimhen of Napoli and Leonardo Bonucci (R) of Juventus fight for the ball during the Italian Serie A soccer match SSC Napoli vs Juventus FC at Diego Armando Maradona Stadium in Naples, Italy, 11 September 2021. EPA/CIRO FUSCO

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La Liga broadcast details, 21-23 September 2021

All times GMT

Tuesday 21 September

5:30pm: Getafe v Atletico Madrid – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga and SuperSport GOtv La Liga

8:00pm: Athletic Bilbao v Rayo Vallecano – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga and SuperSport GOtv La Liga

8:00pm: Levante v Celta Vigo – LIVE on SuperSport PSL

Wednesday 22 September

5:30pm: Espanyol v Alaves – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 2

5:30pm: Sevilla v Valencia – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga and SuperSport GOtv La Liga

8:00pm: Real Madrid v Mallorca – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga and SuperSport GOtv La Liga

8:00pm: Villarreal v Elche – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 2

Thursday 23 September

5:30pm: Granada v Real Sociedad – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 1

5:30pm: Osasuna v Real Betis – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga and SuperSport GOtv La Liga

8:00pm: Cadiz v Barcelona – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga and SuperSport GOtv La Liga

Serie A broadcast details, 21-23 September 2021

All times GMT

Tuesday 21 September

4:30pm: Bologna v Genoa – LIVE on SuperSport Football and SuperSport GOtv Select 1

6:45pm: Atalanta v Sassuolo – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 1

6:45pm: Fiorentina v Internazionale – LIVE on SuperSport Football and SuperSport GOtv Select 1

Wednesday 22 September

4:30pm: Salernitana v Verona – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 3

4:30pm: Spezia v Juventus – LIVE on SuperSport Football and SuperSport GOtv Select 1

6:45pm: Cagliari v Empoli – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 3

6:45pm: AC Milan v Venezia – LIVE on SuperSport Football and SuperSport GOtv Select 1

Thursday 23 September

4:30pm: Sampdoria v Napoli – LIVE on SuperSport Football and SuperSport GOtv Select 1

4:30pm: Torino v Lazio – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 3

6:45pm: Roma v Udinese – LIVE on SuperSport Football and SuperSport GOtv Select 1

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