Day 18 of the League | Schedules, match results and summary | Sports

In a very cupbearer January, the League does not stop and reaches its date 18, the penultimate of the first round. The teams that played in the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia return to the domestic competition, where Barcelona will defend the lead on Sunday against Getafe at the Camp Nou. Without Lewandowski, who will serve his second game of suspension, Xavi’s men will try to put pressure on Real Madrid, who have a difficult visit to San Mamés, Athletic’s stronghold, just after. Mallorca and Celta are in charge of opening the action on Friday, while on Saturday Atlético de Madrid – Valladolid and a Sevilla – Cádiz stand out, crucial in the fight for permanence, an objective that nobody predicted for the people of Seville at the start of the season.

These are the matches of the day:

Mallorca – Celta (Friday 20, 9:00 p.m. Movistar LaLiga, GOL)

Mallorca wants to maintain its safety distance of 6 points with relegation against a rival in trouble. Celta scratched a draw against Villarreal last day thanks to Larssen’s first goal in the League, but they still haven’t chained two wins in a row to give them some air in the standings. To do this, the team from Vigo must close its defensive bleeding, since only Elche (35) have conceded more goals this season than the Galicians (28). Muriqi against Iago Aspas, duel of scorers in the clash.

Rayo Vallecano – Real Sociedad (Saturday 21, 2:00 p.m. DAZN)

Two of the most fit teams in the competition open the day on Saturday. The Vallecanos come from winning in Valladolid and are looking more and more closely at the European positions, while the people from San Sebastian have established themselves in third place in the standings and come with sky-high morale after winning the Basque derby and reaching the quarterfinals. Cup final. Imanol Alguacil seeks to recover the best version of his captain Oyarzabal, who scored his first goal against Athletic after many months out due to injury. Six of the last seven meetings between Rayo and Real Sociedad have had goals from both.

Espanyol – Betis (Saturday 21, 4:15 p.m. Movistar LaLiga)

Espanyol and Betis face each other after both being eliminated in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey. Of course, in the League their realities are very different. The parrots are looking for their second consecutive win after coming out of relegation thanks to a victory in Getafe. Despite having Joselu as the best attacking argument, the Blue and Whites are suffering a lot to get the matches going. For its part, Betis wants to recover from the cup disappointment with another victory in the League, where they caress the Champions League positions.

Atlético de Madrid – Valladolid (Saturday 21, 6:30 p.m. DAZN)

Atlético de Madrid has alleviated its problems in the League in the Cup, where it does not know victory in 2023 (one defeat and one draw). With the leadership far away and entering the Champions League as the primary objective, Simeone’s men receive a Valladolid in a goalscoring and results crisis. In the last four games, the Blanquivioleta team has accumulated four defeats in which they have not been able to score a single goal. Savic, Giménez and Carrasco are low at Atlético.

Seville – Cádiz (Saturday 21, 9:00 p.m. Movistar LaLiga)

Andalusian mourning marked by urgency. The very poor first round of Sevilla has made him go from fighting for the League for a good part of last season to being in relegation places to second. They face Cádiz in a key clash for permanence. The yellows, with a very limited squad, are not letting up in the fight and come into the match with one more point than Sevilla, which could have been three if the VAR had entered the offside prior to Ponce’s goal, which was Elche’s tie last Monday.

Villarreal – Girona (Sunday 22, 2:00 p.m. Movistar LaLiga)

Villarreal receives Girona in European places and one step away from getting into the Champions League. Quique Setién’s men have four games without losing and have recovered after the bad run after the departure of Unai Emery and the arrival of the Cantabrian coach. Girona arrives at the match after beating Sevilla last day (2-1) and putting distance with the red zone of the table.

Elche – Osasuna (Sunday 22, 4:15 p.m. DAZN)

Elche continues without winning this season and only has 5 points, the last one achieved with controversy against Cádiz. The bottom team receives Osasuna this time with the need to score 3 points. The victory would not remove Elche from the last place in the standings, but it would shorten the gap and would be an injection of morale for the team. Osasuna, on the verge of European places, wants victory against the bottom team after eliminating Betis in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey.

Barcelona – Getafe (Sunday 22, 6:30 p.m. Movistar LaLiga)

Barcelona receives Getafe as the sole leader of the League. Xavi’s men surpass Real Madrid with three points and arrive with high spirits after winning the Spanish Super Cup against the white team. The Catalans will not have Lewandowski against Getafe, as the Polish striker continues to be suspended for two more games. Quique Sánchez Flores’ men are on a tightrope with 17 points, just one above the relegation zone. Getafe needs to add three points that will take them away from danger.

Athletic – Real Madrid (Sunday 22, 9:00 p.m. DAZN)

In a difficult month of January, Real Madrid has a demanding trip to San Mamés to face Athletic. The whites need to win so as not to lose ground with the leadership, the Basques to do the same with the European positions. Valverde’s team comes from losing to Real Sociedad (3-1) in the Basque derby, but managed to resolve their Cup match against Espanyol. Both coaches have significant casualties, especially in the defensive zone.

Valencia – Almería (Monday 23, 9:00 p.m. DAZN)

Gattuso’s Valencia needs to transfer the good feelings from the Cup to the League if they want to aspire to play European competitions next season. They will close the day at home against Almería, who has just obtained a creditable draw against Atlético de Madrid. The people from Almería are not signing a bad first round, but they have not yet achieved too much income with respect to the relegation places. Valencia is entrusted to Cavani, who signed a double against Sporting de Gijón in the Cup.

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