Wednesday, December 8

La Real defends the leadership in the Basque derby, with Madrid, Sevilla and Betis on the prowl

The Real players celebrate a goal in Balaídos, where they reached the lead alone.

LaLiga starts up again tomorrow with matchday 12, in which Barcelona begins a new stage with Sergi Barjuan on the bench for the moment and the Real Sociedad will play the leadership in the Basque derby, while Real Madrid, Sevilla and Betis await a ruling of the donostiarras.

The spotlights will be directed especially to the Camp Nou, which will receive Alavés in the first game without Ronald Koeman and with the team in transition towards the expected arrival of Xavi Hernández. This week’s defeat in Vallecas, the third in the championship, places Barça ninth in the standings, 9 points behind Real’s leadership.

The one at the Camp Nou will be the last of the four games scheduled for tomorrow Saturday, together with Elche-Real Madrid, Sevilla-Osasuna and Valencia-Villarreal, with also very important commitments next week in the Champions League for Madrilenians, Andalusians and Castellón.

The Real Madrid travels to Elche after three straight draws with Levante, Villarreal and Osasuna looking to regain aim and three points that are equal to the Real. The people of Alicante, sixth from the tail and harmed by the VAR three days ago in Vitoria (1-0), want to break their history after 43 years without beating the whites at home.

Also after a draw in Mallorca (1-1), with a VAR decision against him, Sevilla bets on a victory over Osasuna so as not to detach from the leading trio that forms with Real Madrid and Betis, the three to three points (21) of the Real (24).

With doubts about the state of the Moroccan striker Youssef En-Nesyri and the Argentine midfielder Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gómez, Julen Lopetegui awaits the eleven of Jagoba Arrasate, who has just joined the Bernabéu and placed in ninth place in the standings, with the same points (19) as Atlético de Madrid and Rayo Vallecano that precede them.

The hardship duel between Valencia and Villarreal will complete the Saturday program. Eleventh and thirteenth, respectively, those of José Bordalás do not quite work. They conceded the fourth league defeat this week against Betis and with a win that hurts (4-1). Unai Emery’s men miraculously saved a point at home against Cádiz (3-3) with two goals in the final minutes.

The Basque derby on Sunday will be more decisive than usual if possible. The Real Sociedad will jump to vindicate its great moment and its leadership with seven wins, three draws and one defeat in eleven days after beating Celta. At seven points, Athletic face the visit after a draw at Espanyol (1-1), with doubts about Oier Zarraga and the safe casualties of Asier Villalibre, Daniel Vivian, Yuri Berchiche and Peru Nolaskoain.

Atlético de Madrid and Betis they will resolve a duel that will mix andThe moment of euphoria of the Sevillians and the discomfort of the rojiblancos due to last night’s draw (2-2) with Levante -penultimate-, with expulsion at the end of Argentine coach Diego Pablo Simeone who will carry him a sanction.

Cádiz needs to react to get out of the well in the duel in which Mallorca receives, a team that maintains a cushion of points with respect to relegation but cannot relax.

Getafe-Espanyol star in another pulse with implications in the lower part of the table. Quique Sánchez Flores’ team continues with the alarm light despite adding a point in Granada, while Espanyol wants to continue adding to get away from relegation.

Levante-Granada, one of the games in the lower part of the table, will become a new one on Monday exam for Robert Moreno.

To close the day on Monday, Rayo Vallecano will receive Celta willing to remain the revelation of the season. Ronald Koeman’s executioner, in Europa League positions and with 10 points more than the Galicians, the Vallecanos want to give the seventh victory to their parish with the Colombian Radamel Falcao in a state of grace.

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