The fight for the title that leads the Real Madrid with Barcelona, Atlético de Madrid and Sevilla twelve points away, and the intense struggle for survival will face this weekend in the thirty-first day of LaLiga Santander.
The Madrid team will host Getafe and Sevilla will host Granada, while Barcelona will visit Levante and Atlético de Madrid will visit Mallorca in duels that seem unbalanced in terms of classification but in which the need for points from the teams that strive for permanence makes them even more dangerous.
Bolstered by their victory at Stamford Bridge in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals, Real Madrid will host the Santiago Bernabéu Getafe of Quique Sánchez Flores, one of the three teams that have beaten him this league campaign but the only one that has not won as a visitor.
The Italian Carlo Ancelotti The physical state of the Brazilian Eder Militao and the Uruguayan Fede Valverde is unknown, one of the keys to the victory against Chelsea. The Uruguayan midfielder Mauro Arambarri will be the great absence in the Azulón team due to the accumulation of warnings. Without the Uruguayan international, his team does not know victory
The Barcelona debuts second place to which he has climbed thanks to his spectacular improvement in play and results. Right now, his streak is six consecutive wins, which he exposes in the Ciutat de València against Levante, a rival that usually poses many problems for him.
In fact, In their last three visits, the Barcelona team has not managed to beat the Valencian teamwho abandoned the red lantern last day with his victory against Villarreal with a brace from ‘comandante’ José Luis Morales and now has salvation at six points.
The Mexican Javier Aguirreformer coach of Atlético de Madrid between 2006 and 2009, meets again with the rojiblanco team in his new stage at the helm of the needy Mallorca. It will be his second game in charge of the Balearic team, immersed in a streak of seven consecutive defeats, a test of maximum demand against the block of the Argentine Diego Pablo Simeone, who although he does not want to be looking askance at the return of the Champions quarters against Manchester City.
Atlético, who fell unexpectedly at the Wanda Metropolitano against Mallorca, is in his best moment of the campaign. He has linked six victories with which he has at least strengthened his position in the Champions zone after phases in which he was not at all clear.
The rojiblanco team has already reached Sevilla, whose accumulation of draws and the last defeat at the Camp Nou have taken him away from the leader and has been caught by azulgranas and Atlético. Julen Lopetegui’s team, which this week loses the Argentine Gonzalo Montiel due to suspension, will open the thirty-first matchday this Friday in a regional duel against a Granada that has three points of income with respect to relegation.
The Betis from chilean Manuel Pellegrini, with seven points out of the last nine possible, has managed to recover and continue dreaming even of the Champions League. It is only four of its predecessors and therefore with all the options. He will visit in another Andalusian duel, almost a derby,l Cádiz, seventeenth and two points above the red zone.
The cadista team is aware that a good part of its chances of salvation go through its performances in the Nuevo Mirandilla. In fact, they have won their last two games at home in a fiefdom where, on the other hand, Betis have not lost since a cup match in November 1989. For this match, both teams have dropped out due to suspension, José Mari and Portuguese William Carvalho.
The Royal Society, which closes the European zone with a six-point margin over Villarreal, they will visit another team that is striving for salvation, the elche.
For its part, Unai Emery’s ‘yellow submarine’, overjoyed by his victory against Bayern Munich, once again takes shelter in his fortress at La Cerámica to recover from his defeats away from his stadium against a direct rival like Athletic.
Julio Velázquez, replacement of José Luis Mendilibar, will debut on the bottom bench Alaves before Osasuna. The Vitorian team, which has not won since February 13, is beginning to be in a desperate situation, quite the opposite of the Navarrese, who has permanence in their pocket.
Valencia wants to exhaust all its options to end up fighting for Europe. For this he needs to win in Vallecas to the decayed Ray, the revelation of the first half of the campaign that has been falling until starting to get into trouble after accumulating eleven games without winning. With his coach, Andoni Iraola, and Santi Comesaña suspended, he hopes to finally find the path to victory.
The day will be completed by the match between the Spanish and another team that has been left in an almost insignificant area, the Celtic of the Argentinian Eduardo ‘Chacho’ Coudet.