February 19, 2021 – 3:32 p.m.
All seven Spanish teams that entered UEFA competition this season made it through the group stage and made it to the knockout rounds; five of them returned to play in the Champions League and Europa League in the middle of this week, and another two will resume their European campaigns next week. Now, however, the focus is once again on LaLiga, which is preparing for some very difficult games this weekend.
Before that, the action of the weekend gets underway with a team aiming to enter Europe next season. That team is the Real Betis, whose only defeat in LaLiga in 2021 was against FC Barcelona. The Verdiblancos They are in excellent form and this Friday they face a Getafe CF struggling who hasn’t scored a goal in his last 449 minutes of play.
Saturday begins with a great match to avoid relegation, since the Elche CF receive the SD Eibar. The home team have not won any of their last 16 LaLiga games, but there is renewed optimism in Manuel Martínez Valero following the return of former fan favorite coach Fran Escribá, replacing Jorge Almirón. The SD Eibar you will need to watch out for the classic “new coach surprise effect”.
Then the Atlético de Madrid will face the Levante UD in the Spanish capital and, due to a peculiarity of the calendar, it will be their second meeting in just four days. These two teams also met last Wednesday in a postponed match at the beginning of the season and now, this Saturday, they will meet again.
The Valencia CF, with only one victory in the last six games, receives the RC Celta in Mestalla. The good news for Valencia and the bad news for the Galicians is that Iago Aspas is suspended for this game, so the That they will want to take advantage of this circumstance to score three points.
On Saturday afternoon they face the Real Valladolid and the Real Madrid. Both teams have had long injury lists lately and Real Madrid have been dealing with this much better than him. Pucela, as Zinedine Zidane’s team have won their last three LaLiga games. After this weekend’s game, they will return to action in the Champions League, so they will surely look for a resounding victory at the José Zorrilla Stadium.
On Sunday, the teams that come to play in Europe continue their career in LaLiga and the FC Barcelona will try to recover from their disappointment against PSG (1-4 at the Camp Nou) with a convincing performance at home against Cádiz CF, who has already beaten Barça and Real Madrid this season. The Andalusian team also wants to get back on the winning track after suffering four consecutive losses in the league. Both teams need a positive result, so the game at the Camp Nou will be especially interesting.
The next match is a Basque derby, in which the Real society receive the Alaves. When they met earlier in the season, the game ended in a draw, but Alavés hope to take advantage of the fatigue of The real considering that his rival had an important Europa League game on Thursday against Manchester United.
The SD Huesca he will surely have a similar attitude when he receives the Granada CF on Sunday night, as the Andalusians faced Napoli in a Europa League match. Although Huesca is still in the relegation zone, their game has improved a lot with the new coach Pacheta and they are confident of getting a positive result after having been in trouble with Sevilla and Real Madrid in recent weeks.
Then on Sunday the Villarreal CF faces the most difficult challenge of all Spanish participants in the Europa League with a trip to the Athletic Club, which is in top shape. Since Marcelino took over the team in Bilbao, Athletic has won the Spanish Super Cup, reached the semifinals of the Copa del Rey and achieved a pair of victories with four goals in the league, although on Thursday they beat the Salzburg for the Europa League. Villarreal, meanwhile, have failed to win any of their last five LaLiga games. The Ecuadorian left-back was once again stellar in the team led by Unai Emery.
The last match of matchday 24 is another of the most interesting, since the CA Health will receive Sevilla FC, another of the Spanish teams that comes to this day after a European match. Although the Andalusians have won their last five LaLiga matches and have only conceded one goal, Osasuna are on a roll, having won three of their last four matches. With a longer rest between their games, they may be encouraged to get another victory in this meeting on Monday afternoon.
Program of the 24th day of LaLiga (Ecuador hours):
Friday February 19
3:00 PM, Betis vs. Getafe
Saturday February 20
08:00, Elche vs. Eibar
10:15, Atlético de Madrid vs. I raised
12:30, Valencia vs. Celtic
15:00, Valladolid vs. Real Madrid
Sunday February 21
08:00, FC Barcelona vs. Cadiz
10:15, Real Sociedad vs. Alaves
12:30, Huesca vs. grenade
15:00, Athletic Club vs. Villarreal
Monday February 22
15:00, Osasuna vs. Seville