It’s Christmas week, but it’s also a week for LaLiga Santander football as a midweek Matchday 15 will take place across Tuesday and Wednesday. The coaches and players of Spain’s top division will be looking to wrap up three more points during these festive fixtures, with several of them sure to be crackers.
The first two matches are huge as Valencia CF vs Sevilla FC and Elche CF vs CA Osasuna both kick off at 17:30 CET on Tuesday to get this midweek round up and running. The match between Valencia CF and Sevilla FC at Mestalla looks set to be a fascinating duel as these are the two clubs to have occupied fourth place over the past four seasons and both clubs once again have lofty ambitions in 2020/21. In the Elche CF vs CA Osasuna match, meanwhile, it’s all about avoiding relegation for these two teams and the points on offer could prove crucial come the end of the season.
At 19:45 CET on Tuesday, there’s a huge top-of-the-table clash as Real Sociedad take on Atlético Madrid at the Reale Arena. Atleti are currently three points ahead of third-placed Real Sociedad, but have lost on three of their past four trips to San Sebastián. That’s a worrying precedent for the capital city side, but La Real also have cause for concern as an injury crisis means they’ve now failed to win any of their past eight matches in all competitions. It’ll be interesting to see if they can rise to this challenge.
At that same time slot, there’s another match taking place as SD Huesca go up against Levante UD. This is another game with huge relegation battle implications and it’ll be so important as both these clubs look to avoid spending Christmas in the relegation zone.
There are two more really intriguing matches taking place at 22:00 CET to wrap up the Tuesday night action, with one of them seeing Real Valladolid hosting FC Barcelona. Even though they’re currently inside the bottom three, Real Valladolid’s form has improved a lot of late and they’ve only lost one of their past seven games in all competitions. Barça, meanwhile, have produced inconsistent form all season and haven’t won an away LaLiga Santander match since October 1st. It surely won’t be easy at the Estadio José Zorrilla, which means it’ll surely be an entertaining watch.
At that same time, at the Estadio de la Cerámica, Villarreal CF will be hosting an Athletic Club side looking to string two wins in a row together for the first time all season. Winning against the Yellow Submarine is a difficult task, though, as their past 17 opponents have found out. Over these past 17 games, Unai Emery’s men have enjoyed 10 wins and seven draws and are showing no signs of slowing down.
After that action-packed Tuesday night comes another busy evening of LaLiga Santander football on Wednesday. Again, the first time slot in this unique midweek round will be 17:30 CET, when Getafe CF will go up against RC Celta Vigo. The home side just ended a seven-match league winless run, but now have to try to stop the momentum that new RC Celta Vigo coach Eduardo Coudet has built up. The Argentine has overseen five wins from his first six matches on the job and Iago Aspas is in top form.
Next up, at 19:45 CET, comes Real Madrid vs Granada CF in Valdebebas. The matches between these two teams last season were a lot of fun, as Los Blancos won 4-2 and then 2-1. Granada CF, though, competed well in both games and their starting centre-forward Roberto Soldado will be especially motivated as he prepares for this match against his former club, having just scored two goals in his past performance.
Soldado’s two goals came in the weekend’s 2-0 win over Real Betis, with that result meaning Los Verdiblancos have suffered eight defeats already this season, the joint-most in the division along with CA Osasuna. They really need to start putting points on the board and will have plenty of motivation to do so in an Andalusian derby against Cádiz CFat 22:00 CET on Wednesday night, a match that will see Joaquín go up against his hometown club.
At that same 22:00 CET kick-off time, there’s another regional derby in the north of Spain as Deportivo Alavés host SD Eibar in the Basque capital. As well as being a match packed with passion, this could be a very intriguing tactical battle as Pablo Machín and José Luis Mendilibar’s unique styles are pitted against each other. For lovers of good football, this is the perfect way to spend the night before the night before Christmas.
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