La Liga 20/21: Matchday 13 Preview

Introduction

This week in LaLiga, the match of the weekend will surely be the Madrid Derby. FC Barcelona takes on Levante UD at home. Sevilla has a trip to Getafe. Real Sociedad take on Eibar in their quest.

Now lets look at some exciting fixtures from this week action in La Liga

La Liga Fixtures

Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid

The Madrid derby needs no introduction to football fans all over the world. It will be one of the most anticipated games of the year like every other year. Both the teams will look to continue their winning form. Atletico Madrid are currently the league leaders whereas Real Madrid are 4th in La Liga standings. This game will be played at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano. They have faced each other 38 times over the last 10 years in all competitions, with Real Madrid winning 16 times whereas Atletico Madrid has won 10 times with 12 matches ending in a draw.

Real Madrid Predicted Lineup for this gameweek in La liga
Real Madrid Predicted Lineup for this game week in La Liga

Real Madrid

Real Madrid will be confident after reaching the Round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League on the final group matchday making it a record  17 times in the history of the competition after defeating Borussia mönchengladbach 2-0 thanks to bracing from Benzema. They have a boost with captain Sergio Ramos and Daniel Carvajal back from injury but they will be without Serbian striker Luka Jovic, Belgian Eden Hazard, and Norwegian Martin Odegaard. They come into this fixture having scored in all of their last 5 matches. Los Blancos have not lost to Atletico Madrid in the last 3 meetings.

Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid also reached the round of 16 on the final matchday after defeating RB Salzburg 0-2. They are still unbeaten in LaLiga even though having some difficulties in the Champions League. Diego Simeone will look to defeat arch-rivals to keep their unbeaten streak intact. Diego Costa, Jose Giminez, and Manuel Sanchez miss out due to injury. They are on a good run of form having scored 4 goals in 3 games. They have 6 points lead over real Madrid plus have a game in hand.

Atletico Madrid Predicted Lineup
Atletico Madrid Predicted Lineup

Barcelona vs Levante

In this match, Barcelona will take on Levante at the Camp Nou. Barca is currently placed 9th in the LaLiga standings whereas Levante is 17th. This match cannot be judged on their position on the table since Levante come in this fixture with a win whereas Catalans are on 2 matches losing streak in all competitions. Barca has a strong record against Levante with winning 17 of the last 22 meetings Levante came victorious in meager 3 matches and 2 draws in this fixture.

FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona will be looking to not drop any more points, losing which will make it very difficult for Ronald Koeman’s side to recover and climb up the table. They lost last week in La Liga to Cadiz 2-1 and midweek to Juventus 0-3. They have 14 points from 10 games and are in serious need of points. But they have looked pretty good at home with 3 wins in 5 matches, except for   1-3 defeat in the El Classico. Gerard Pique, Sergi Roberto, Ousmane Dembele, and Ansu Fati are out due to injury. Samuel Umtiti and Ronald Araujo are back from injuries and will look to get back in the form and hence improve the team’s defense which is leaking goals constantly.

FC Barcelona Predicted Lineup
FC Barcelona Predicted Lineup

Levante UD

Levante has recovered from their woes at the start of La Liga. They enter the match week being unbeaten in 6 games that include 5 consecutive 1-1 draw and a 3-0 win against Getafe last week. They have 11 points from 11 matches. A win on Sunday for Levante will put them on the level with Barcelona in terms of points. Jose Campana has still not recovered from injury, other players out due to injuries are Cheick Doukoure and Enis Bardhi. They are above relegation only on goal difference.

 Predicted Lineup
Predicted Lineup

Getafe vs Sevilla

Getafe will be hosting Sevilla at Coliseum Alfonso Perez this weekend in LaLiga. Over the last 9 seasons, they have had neck-to-neck results, Sevilla has won 8 times and Getafe have won 7 times with 3 matches ending in a draw. Getafe is currently in the 15th position with 13 points from 11 matches whereas Sevilla are at the 6th position with 16 points from 10 games.

Getafe

They don’t look impressive this season. They haven’t won any of their last 6 games. Their last win was against Barcelona. All their 3 victories this season have come at home. They lost their last match to Levante 3-0  in which they got 2 red cards to Djene Dakonam and Chema Rodriguez, who will miss the upcoming match against Sevilla along with Jaime Mata, suspended due to accumulation of yellow cards.

 Predicted Lineup
Predicted Lineup

Sevilla

Sevilla defeated Rennes 1-3 midweek away in the Champions League. So they will have some confidence and look to come back after 0-1 defeat at home to Real Madrid last week in LaLiga. Sevilla has scored in the last 6 away games, so you can expect goals from the Andalusians. Even though they have played 2 games less they will look to regain 5th spot on the table as sit below Cadiz with a 2 points gap. They will miss their captain Jesus Navas, striker Munir El Haddadi, and goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik.

 Predicted Lineup
Predicted Lineup

Real Sociedad vs Eibar

The Basque rivalry will reignite when Real Sociedad host Eibar on Sunday. Real Sociedad are currently sitting 2nd in the LaLiga standings whereas Eibar are 11th.  Since Eibar returning to LaLiga in the 14/15 season, they have faced each other 12 times. Real Sociedad have won 5 matches, Eibar have won 4 and 3 matches ended in a draw. Eibar are unbeaten in 4 matches and Real Sociedad are unbeaten in 9 matches in all competitions.

Real Sociedad

Real Sociedad will look to win and end their streak of 5 draws. They have scored in their last 4 home matches. Real Sociedad have only lost one game against Basque opponents at home in LaLiga, while Eibar has failed to win in their last 7 games away in these Basque rivalries. Real Sociedad’s Willian Jose has scored in each of his last three meetings with Eibar and will look to continue his form against them. Though they will not have their star man Mikel Oyarzabal who misses out due to injury, along with Alex Sola, Asier Illaramendi, Jon Guridi, and Luca Sangalli. They have 25 points from 12 matches.

Real Sociedad Predicted Lineup for this game week in La Liga
Real Sociedad Predicted Lineup for this game week in La Liga

Eibar

Eibar will look to continue their away form as they have 10 points from 5 games away which contrasting from their home form which is 4 points from 7 games. They are unbeaten in their last four away matches. They played a 0-0 draw against Valencia last week at home. Their injury list includes Jose Angel, Sergio Cubero, and Quique. Los Armeros have been very unpredictable and can surprise.

 Predicted Lineup for this game week in La Liga
Predicted Lineup for this game week in La Liga

Conclusion

The Madrid derby will not fail surprise probably and seems unpredictable. FC Barcelona should be comfortable in sweeping Levante as the Catalans have a great home record but Levante has the ability to surprise as they are a stubborn opponent but it would be ridiculous for the Catalans to drop points here. Sevilla has an upper hand on Getafe but might be a low scoring affair. Real Sociedad vs Eibar might be tricky to call for but Real Sociedad have a slight edge over Eibar.

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