By Tim Stannard
Zidane and Koeman both share trust issues in their forward lines with Real Madrid and Barcelona struggling for goals
Well, that wasn't good.
Sports Burst was hoping that both Barcelona and Real Madrid would be heading in Saturday's Clasico clash firing on all cylinders, pumped up and primed for the big game.
Instead, both teams contrived to lose rather limply in LaLiga. However, both teams have the chance for a do-over ahead of the weekend's main event and get their respective acts together.
First up with a chance of redemption is Barcelona which lost 1-0 to Getafe on Saturday with Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele putting on a tremendous display of missing chances. The Camp Nou club is hosting Hungarian side, Ferencvaros.
Ronald Koeman will be speaking on Monday and it is expected that Ansu Fati and Philippe Coutinho will be returning to the line-up along with a first start for Miralem Pjanic since the midfielder's move from Juventus.
Coach Zizou has a similar problem to Koeman at Barcelona - who can he trust up front?
The reliable K-Benz is the Messi of Real Madrid, but so far the Frenchman's various support teams have failed to deliver. This was especially evident in a somnambulant display at home to Cadiz, where Zidane wanted to blast a klaxon in the ears of each of his players to wake them up during the 1-0 defeat.
Madrid are also at home in their Champions League debut and playing Ukraine side, Shakhtar Donetsk, on Wednesday.
Both teams are officially in detention ahead of el Clasico, but there is time to get off the naughty step.
The Sports Burst live show with Hope Solo and Thomas Rongen will be looking back at what went wrong for both teams and what needs to go right on Saturday. That gets going at 12PM ET on our beIN SPORTS Facebook page and XTRA channel.
Liverpool face season without Virgil Van Dijk
Liverpool's defensive problems this season were already beep-beeping as critical issues.
A 2-2 draw with Everton on Saturday now sees the EPL champions with the equal worst record in the division with 13 goals conceded. Admittedly over half came down to a single game against Aston Villa. But Liverpool had been very leaky none the less.
Those problems are unlikely to improve any time soon with the unfortunate news that majestic Dutch defender Virgil Van Dijk is likely to miss the rest of the season due to an ACL injury picked in a rash challenge against Everton keeper, Jordan Pickford.
Although no immediate plans for a surgery have been announced by Liverpool, arguably the Anfield club's MVP has spoken out and says that "I'm now fully focused on my recovery and will do everything I can to be back as soon as possible."
Liverpool will now have to defend their Premier League title as well as start the Champion League campaign this week, at Ajax, with just two on-the-books center-backs, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.
Galatasaray look for Super Lig surge
There is a double dose of soccer from two continents on beIN SPORTS on Monday.
Galatasaray with Radamel Falcao are in action in the Turkish Super Lig against high-flying Alanyaspor on our Spanish service and Connect at 1PM ET.
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beIN SPORTS English has the one-off, winner-takes-all semifinal in the African Confederations Cup with an all-Moroccan affair as RSB Berkane takes on HUSA from 3PM ET.
That starts a huge night of action and analysis on beIN SPORTS at 8PM with the Viva La Liga team in Spain going over the hottest issues of the weekend, followed by a breakdown of the biggest games on the network on Monday Night Soccer at 9:30PM ET.