La Liga keeps on coming as we now move into another gameweek.
Coming straight after the 33rd matchday of games is done, La Liga is approaching the endgame. This weekend’s action begins on Friday night with Mallorca’s trip to the capital to face Atlético Madrid and runs through to a double-header on Monday featuring Sevilla vs. Eibar. Inbetween that we have Real Madrid visiting San Mamés and a showstopping clash between Villarreal and Barcelona on Sunday night.
Atlético Madrid vs. Mallorca
Muhammad Butt: Mallorca may have finally picked up a win (and what a win!) against Celta Vigo but Atlético Madrid are a monstrous defensive side that will relish crushing the life out of the Islanders and then obliterating them on the break. 3-0 Atleti.
Román de Arquer: Atlético Madrid 2-1 Mallorca
Celta Vigo vs. Real Betis
MB: Celta were hitting some form before Mallorca upset them midweek. Betis sacking Rubi hasn’t helped them be any less terrible and they haven’t won away from home in La Liga since November 2019. That won’t change here as Celta get back to winning ways. 1-0 Celta.
RdA: Celta Vigo 2-1 Real Betis
Valladolid vs. Alavés
MB: Valladolid have drawn four of the last five matches in La Liga and Alavés have lost all but one of their six games since the restart. These are not teams in great form, which should make for a tight and tense affair at Estadio José Zorrilla. 1-1 draw.
RdA: Valladolid 1-0 Alavés
Granada vs. Valencia
MB: Los Che turned to Voro to save them and it didn’t make a bit of difference. Their only saving grace on Saturday is the fact that Granada aren’t very good either, but don’t think that means a Valencia win because they haven’t picked up three points on the road in La Liga since December. These two are locked on the same points and their match will probably end in a stalemate too. 2-2 draw.
RdA: Granada 1-2 Valencia
Athletic Club vs. Real Madrid
MB: Real Madrid are strolling away with La Liga but they’ve not won in San Mamés since 2017. Athletic Club are fighting to secure a Europa League spot for next season and will be desperate to dent Madrid’s title challenge. They can’t stop Los Blancos from winning La Liga, but they can slow their progress for a while. 1-1 draw.
RdA: Athletic Club 1-1 Real Madrid
Espanyol vs. Leganés
MB: Espanyol have changed manager twice already this season and nothing seems to work for them. The return of Raul de Tomás and appointment of Rufete as interim coach should give them enough firepower and organisation to edge by Leganés who are in absolutely horrible form. 1-0 Espanyol.
RdA: Both teams are digging their own grave, incapable of collecting enough points to avoid relegation. Leganés desperately need Óscar Rodríguez back from injury – he’s scored two of their three goals in six games since the restart, but Espanyol are more solid at the back, with an inspired Diego López in nets. The recent change in manager (Rufete for Abelardo) could give them an extra motivational boost, and keep alive their slim hopes of survival. Espanyol 2-0 Leganés
PLAYER TO WATCH: RAUL DE TOMAS has scored four goals in 703 minutes for Espanyol, that’s more than anyone except for Wu Lei (also 4) and the Chinese forward has played twice as much (1,452 minutes) as the Spaniard.
Osasuna vs. Getafe
MB: Osasuna are on something of a roll. They’ve won three league games in a row for the first time this season. However Getafe are finally getting their act together and their impressive showing against Madrid means they probably stop Los Rojillos’ winning run. 1-1 draw.
RdA: Osasuna 0-0 Getafe
Villarreal vs. Barcelona
MB: The best team in La Liga since the restart… taking on Barcelona. Villarreal have been masterful since Spanish football returned to our screens, using their squad well to play good football and pick up consistent results. Barcelona will be in full-on desperation mode to try and stay in the title race but it won’t be enough to sink The Yellow Submarine. 1-1 draw.
RdA: Villarreal 1-2 Barcelona
Levante vs. Real Sociedad
MB: Real Sociedad have gone from being one of the best teams in La Liga to one of the worst. Levante aren’t a particularly potent side but it’s easy to see them sitting deep and picking La Real off on the counter-attack. 2-1 Levante.
RdA: Levante 2-2 Real Sociedad
Sevilla vs. Eibar
MB: Sevilla started Youssef En-Nesyri and snapped their four-game streak of draws with a comfortable win at Leganés. If the Moroccan starts against Eibar then you can expect Julen Lopetegui’s men to win just their third game since La Liga’s restart. 2-0 Sevilla.
RdA: Sevilla 3-1 Eibar