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MATCHDAY 21: NO CHANGES

30 Jan 2013
One more matchday and there are no modifications at the standings at both sides of the table; the last three places lost their matches, while Atletico Madrid suffered a bog loss, which increases the advantage of Barcelona in la liga.

Negative matchday for the clubs in relegation, because the three of them lost during the weekend. Deportivo suffered a déjà vu from the past home game against Real Betis and lost at the Riazor facing Valencia CF with a goal scored at the last minute (2-3). The Galicians remain at the bottom of the standings four points below the safety.

RCD Mallorca also lost at home and with the same score: 2-3 Vs. Malaga CF. The team coached by Caparrós has lost the last three games and has only picked one of the last twelve points in dispute. CA Osasuna had a tougher task and they were defeated by FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou with four goals scored by Messi (5-1).

The good news for these three clubs is that neither the other relegation-troubled teams were able to clinch positive results. Real Zaragoza and RCD Espanyol stared the only goalless game in the matchday and both sides remain close to the pit. RCD Celta were reduced to ten men early in the second part and could only rescue a point from Real Sociedad playing at Balaídos (1-1), while Granada CF suffered a defeat visiting Sevilla (0-3), result that cut his progression after adding four of the previous six points in dispute.

The situation at the bottom of the standings:

place

team

points

GF

GA

15

Espanyol

22

23

32

16

Celta

20

21

26

17

Granada

20

18

32

18

Osasuna

18

17

26

19

Mallorca

17

22

39

20

Deportivo

16

26

45

The main news for the leaders was the big loss of Atletico Madrid visiting Athletic Bilbao (3-0). It’s just the second time in 30 games that the Madrilenians have conceded 3 or more goals. Still, they remain as the runners-up in la liga, eleven points behind FC Barcelona, though only four above Real Madrid, team that didn’t have problems to defeat Getafe in the Madrilenian meeting (4-0).

Malaga CF is fourth at the standings; though only by the goal difference rule, this after Real Betis had a disappointing game falling 0-3 in their visit to Rayo Vallecano. The Madrilenians are one of the most in-form clubs in the league as they have won five of the last six matches in the competition.

Finally, Valencia CF and Levante UD are chasing the European seats; the victory at the Riazor meant the fourth win in five games for Los Ches, while Levante defeated Real Valladolid at home (2-1). It’s their first win after two straight losses. Both clubs are only one point behind the European zone.

The situation at the top of the standings:

place

team

points

GF

GA

1

Barcelona

58

71

24

2

Atletico

47

42

21

3

Real Madrid

43

54

20

4

Malaga

35

33

19

5

Betis

35

31

33

6

R Vallecano

34

30

36

7

Valencia

33

30

34

8

Levante

33

26

30

MATCHDAY 22: THE WAR CONTINUES
There are a couple of interesting clashes in this matchday; starting with the visit of leaders FC Barcelona to Mestalla in order to face Valencia CF. Another battle at the top of the standings is the visit of fifth place Real Betis to runners-up Atletico Madrid. At the bottom the direct meeting is the visit of RC Celta to CA Osasuna.

Deportivo will pay a visit to mid-table club Getafe CF. RCD Mallorca have a tricky game as they travel to Anoeta in order to meet Real Sociedad; the other club in relegation, Granada CF, have a tougher clash as they entertain Real Madrid.

Real Valladolid are hosting Athletic Bilbao, RCD Espanyol will try to continue with their ascending line as they host Levante UD; Real Zaragoza have a tough visit as they play in La Rosaleda against Malaga CF, while Rayo Vallecano face Sevilla CF at the Sánchez Pizjuán.

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