Day 23 of the League | Schedules, match results and summary | Sports

The Spanish league is playing its 23rd matchday this weekend. The week of European competitions has left the tie on track for Real Madrid in the Champions League and the elimination of Barcelona in the Europa League, where Sevilla has qualified. Xavi’s men want to forget another European disappointment in the domestic tournament, where they are leaders by eight points and visit Almería on Sunday. For their part, Real Madrid has a Madrid derby ahead of them against Atlético at the Santiago Bernabéu, which is undoubtedly the star clash of the day. Valencia, penultimate in the table, faces Real Sociedad with great urgency, who wants to hold on to third place. The date opens on Friday with Elche-Betis at the Martínez Valero.

These are the matches of the day:

Elche – Betis (Friday 24, 9:00 p.m. DAZN)

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Elche and Betis open the day at the Martínez Valero. The people from Elche need a victory to cling to the miracle of salvation, which is becoming increasingly difficult after two consecutive defeats, which make them start the day 13 points from remaining. They receive a Betis that, on the contrary, has two consecutive victories that keep it in the fight for fourth place, which gives access to the Champions League. In addition, the béticos have never lost to a team coached by Pablo Machín.

Espanyol – Mallorca (Saturday 25, 2:00 p.m. DAZN, GOL)

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Espanyol wants to chain two victories in a row after a suffered triumph in the field of bottom club Elche. Diego Martínez’s team needs to continue adding three by three to definitely forget about relegation. They will face a Mallorca that has accumulated five consecutive victories at home, but has not won away from Son Moix since November 6. If the vermilion team finds regularity as a visitor, they can dream of the European positions, which they have three points at the beginning of the day. Joselu and Muriqi, scorers duel at the RCDE Stadium.

Cádiz – Rayo Vallecano (Saturday 25, 4:15 p.m. Movistar LaLiga)

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Two consecutive draws have slowed down the euphoria of Rayo Vallecano a bit, which is still sixth in the standings with the best numbers in its history so far. Those from Iraola visit Cádiz, mired in the fight for permanence, but which has improved its performance in recent weeks, especially in its fiefdom. The Andalusians have strengthened a lot in the winter market and are looking for their third victory at the Nuevo Mirandilla. For its part, Rayo wants to keep up with Athletic and its pursuers to continue dreaming of Europe.

Real Madrid – Atlético de Madrid (Saturday 25, 6:30 p.m. DAZN)

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Madrid derby at the Santiago Bernabéu. Real Madrid wants to keep their league options alive with a win against their rival in the capital, who only has to aim for the top four this season. After the exhibition in Liverpool, Ancelotti loses Alaba, while neither De Paul nor Lemar will be at the rojiblancos. Simeone’s side have not won at their eternal rival’s fiefdom since the 2015/2016 season, when he did so thanks to a goal from Griezmann. The last precedent, a month ago in the Copa del Rey, ended with a white victory after extra time.

Valencia – Real Sociedad (Saturday 25, 9:00 p.m. Movistar LaLiga)

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The threat of relegation to second is already a reality in Mestalla. Rubén Baraja made his debut with a defeat against a direct rival in Getafe and the team Che He is currently penultimate in the table and is in a very delicate situation without winning since November in the League. They welcome third-placed Real, who arrive after a disappointing draw against Celta at home. The positive thing about the Basques is that it seems that Oyarzabal is now fully recovered and could be a key player for Imanol Algucail’s men to remain in Champions League positions until the end of the season.

Athletic – Girona (Sunday 26, 2:00 p.m. Movistar LaLiga)

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Athletic left the Metropolitan empty-handed and remains out of the European positions. Those of Valverde, the fourth best venue in the competition, receive a Girona that arrives with morale through the roof after having a feast (6-2) at the expense of Almería. Míchel’s team has obtained a small income compared to relegation, but it cannot be trusted given how competitive the permanence is expected this season. Girona was defeated and failed to score a goal on their only two visits to San Mamés.

Celta – Valladolid (Sunday 26, 4:15 p.m. DAZN)

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Celta host Valladolid after scoring a creditable point against Real Sociedad. The Galician team, involved with many others in the fight for salvation, receives a direct rival, who arrives with the same points in the standings. Pacheta’s men have done well with their winter reinforcements, especially Larin and Machís, but they are still the second team that scores the fewest goals in the League, only ahead of Elche. Celta have only added one win in their last seven games in Balaídos.

Almería – Barcelona (Sunday 26, 6:30 p.m. Movistar LaLiga)

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Barcelona measures this weekend the aftermath of its European elimination against Manchester United. Xavi’s side, who will already know the result of Real Madrid in the Madrid derby, will try to preserve their lead of eight points in the League. They will visit an Almería team that is tied on points with relegation and that arrives after giving a terrible image in Girona, where they conceded six goals and lost to a direct rival. Of course, the image of Rubi’s team at home differs a lot from that of away, since they have added 19 of their 22 points in their fiefdom. Almería have never managed to beat Barça in their previous 17 meetings (15 Barca wins and two draws).

Seville – Osasuna (Sunday 26, 9:00 p.m. DAZN)

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Sevilla took advantage of the income from the first leg to advance to the Europa League round despite their defeat (2-0) against PSV. Sampaoli’s men want to continue climbing the table and maintain their good dynamics at home, as they have accumulated three consecutive victories at the Sánchez Pizjúan. This Sunday they face Osasuna, their executioner in the Copa del Rey and one of the most competitive teams in the championship. The Navarrese team needs to give one more push in the League to aspire to some European places that they have four points behind at the start of the day.

Villarreal – Getafe (Monday 27, 9:00 p.m. Movistar LaLiga)

Villarreal and Getafe close the day at La Cerámica. Quique Setién’s team arrives in a crisis of results and accumulates four consecutive defeats in the League, which have kept him away from the European positions. For their part, Getafe comes from adding a crucial victory against Valencia that helped them to get out of relegation. Quique’s team has gone three games without losing, but they will still have to sweat to finish the season calmly.

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