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Laliga Santander Matchday 25 Preview : Crisis at Atléti, Copa Del Rey rematch

by: Victor


Match-day 25 of the Spanish LaLiga is packed with feisty fixtures that can reshape the trajectory of the top 4 teams on the table.

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The weekend begins with a late kick off on Friday night between Levante vs Athletic Bilbao. The home side are still fresh from gaining 4 points against the dominant Atléti in their last 2 games, they will be hoping to repeat that stunning performance against an Inaki Williams inspired Bilbao. Bilbao on the other hand have an impressive head to head record against Levante in the last 3 games(W2 D1). Going by both teams last 5 games, i expect this game to end in a draw.

Bilbao's star man Inaki Williams
Inaki Williams celebrating after scoring

Arguably the biggest game in Laliga santander this weekend, the 4:15pm kick off on Saturday afternoon between Sevilla vs Barça is the third time both teams will square up this season in all competitions. Barçelona who are two points ahead of Sevilla have blown teams apart in their last 5 laliga games scoring 14 goals, W4, D1. With that type of red hot form, they will be a handful for Sevilla who blew them apart in the first leg of the Copa Del Rey (2-0).

Messi’s second goal against Elche on Wednesday night

Sevilla with a game in hand are absolutely capable of bringing down high flying Barça. Sevilla have lost just 1 game (against Dortmund) in their last 8 games in all competitions winning the remaining 7 games which included a massive 2-0 over Barca in the cup. Their top scorer Youssef En-Nesyri and former Cule Ivan Rakitic will be seeking to cause chaos at the Sanchez Pizjuan. Julen Lopetegui’s boys have been handed the third spot on Laliga on a platter if they win against Barça. The last two fixtures between them in LaLiga have ended in draws

Sevilla Ocampos jubilation after a goal scored

The last match on Saturday between Getafe vs Valencia is an equally balanced fixture. The 9pm kick off at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez features two side who have had an inconsistent season. Getafe have managed to garner only 1 points in their last 5 games(D1 L4).

Valencia captain Gaya

Valencia who are 12th on the log are seeking their first win against Getafe in 3 matches. They have conceded a whopping 8 goals against Getafe in the last 3 fixtures. Javi Garcia must tighten his defence if they are to get a win or draw against Getafe.

14th place Cadiz will host Real Betis on Sunday afternoon by 4pm. Cadiz are fresh from picking up an away point at the Camp Nou last weekend and will draw inspiration from that against 7th place Betis. The first leg of the fixture ended in a 1-0 win for Betis. Real Betis is eyeing an European spot and they have the attributes to get a win against a side who are winless in the last 5 games.

Super Eagles forward, Samuel Chukwueze’s Villarreal host Atléti on Sunday night by 9pm at the La Ceràmica. Despite having 4 draws in their last 6, Unai Emery boys knows how to turn on the ante against the biggest teams in Spain. The UEL win against Salzburg on Thursday night is a huge morale booster for the yellow submarines.

Villarreal's forward Samuel Chukwueze
Nigeria youngster Samuel Chukwueze

Atléti who were thought to be runaway LaLiga winners have been brought back from cloud 9 following lackluster performances in their last two LaLiga games against Levante. To put it clearly, Atléti are winless in their last 3 games in all competitions, this hasn’t happened in the last one year. They are only three points ahead of Madrid and 5 ahead of Barça, a lose to Villarreal can accurately put them in crisis mode. Howbeit, the trip to Villarreal is an apt opportunity for Diego Simeone to bounce back to winning ways.

The final game of LaLiga Matchday 25 will be concluded at the Alfredo Stefano stadium between an injury depleted Madrid vs a shaky Real ciedad.

Zinedine Zidane and Florentino Perez
Realmadrid coach Zidane and club president Florentino Perez

Zidane who is without 9 players due to injuries have won his last three games in all competitions without a recognised striker. With Benzema and Militao expected to return against Sociedad, Zidane’s search for a sixth consecutive win might be boosted with their return. Real Sociedad who are still hurting from crashing out of Europe to Manchester United are seeking to repeat their impressive 3—4 Copa Del Rey semi final win at Madrid on Monday. Sociedad are unbeaten in 5(WWWDW), a win against Madrid will cement their 4th spot position for the next 2 games.




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