Follow the day 18 in LaLiga with a series of matches for the heart attack. Today there will be action from big teams that will put their eyes out for the title. At PlayOn99News we bring you all the news information, line-ups and predictions about the Spanish championship.
Real Sociedad – Villarreal (8:45 PM)
Real Sociedad receives Villarreal in Anoeta and sparks will be drawn between two attacking teams. The locals have a great championship where they were leaders, but a run of three losses brought them down from the top. The Basque team will not be able to count on Nacho Monreal and Carlos Fernández due to injury and they have several stars in doubt: Mikel Merino, Ander Barrenetxea and David Silva are among cotton wool.
Villarreal won their last match against Rayo Vallecano and hopes to continue on the same path. After having qualified in the Champions League, Unai Emery will be able to think about LaLiga to lift his head and not be at the bottom of the table. The coach’s problem is that he lost three important players through injury: Francis Coquelin, Serge Aurier and the revelation of his team, Arnaut Danjuma.
Real Sociedad: Ryan; Zaldúa, Zubeldía, Le Normand, Muñóz; Januzaj, Zubimendi, Merino, Oyarzábal; David Silva, Isak.
Villarreal: Rulli; Foyth, Albiol, Pau Torres, Estupiñán; Pino, Capoue, Parejo, Alberto Moreno; Gerard Moreno, Dia.
Real Sociedad is a great team and they need to win again at all costs, but they will face the revelation of Europe and current champion of the second international tournament. Villarreal is a few points away from the relegation zone and now that the Champions League has passed, he can get back to shooting in LaLiga. Both will score.
Barcelona – Elche (11 PM)
Barcelona and Elche will meet at the Camp Nou with views of a match that can set the course for the Catalan team. Those led by Xavi Hernández have many casualties: Sergi Roberto, Ansu Fati, Martin Braitwhaite, Pedri and Memphis Depay are not available due to injury, while Gerard Piqué reached the warning limit. Jordi Alba is another player who is between cottons and is expected to arrive at the game. During the week, the Barcelona coach was tough on his players and raised the idea that many are not prepared to play for the club.
Elche is not the best rival: they lost the last match and -although they won one in the middle- they had a 6-game winless streak. The visit is just two points from the red zone and flirts again with the descent. Pedro Bigas, a fundamental piece in the team, will not be available.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Araújo, Umtiti, Lenglet; Nico, Busquets, Frenkie de Jong, Gavi; Dembelé, Luuk de Jong, Ezzalzouli.
Elche: Badia; Palacios, Roco, Diego González, Barragán; Morente, Marcone, Mascarell, Fidel; Pérez, Boyé.
Barcelona has everything to win and get back on its feet in the search for the European classification. Elche is a rival to which they should concede many goals, although the great losses of the Catalan team do not give much to trust.
Sevilla – Atlético Madrid (1 AM)
Sevilla and Atlético Madrid will star in today’s match at Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán. The two teams fight at the top of the table and will seek to get closer to the leader, Real Madrid. Diego Simeone’s team has fallen twice in a row – against Real and Mallorca – but being the last LaLiga champion makes them a top world rival. They will not be able to count on Stefan Savic, Sime Vrsaljko and Antoine Griezmann, star of the team.
Seville positioned itself as one of the championship’s animators and is second, eight points behind Real Madrid. Julen Lopetegui’s team was left out of the Champions League and will be able to put his mind on LaLiga. The coach will not be able to count on Fernando due to suspension and accumulates many injuries: Erik Lamela, Jesús Navas, Oliver Torres and Youssef En-Nesyri. Lucas Ocampos, Marcos Acuña and Diego Carlos are being targeted to enter the team, but it remains to be seen if they will be able to recover from injuries.
Sevilla: Bonus; Montiel, Koundé, Diego Carlos, Augustinsson; Rakitic, Jordan, Delaney; Alejandro Gómez, Mir, Ocampos.
Atlético Madrid: Oblak; Marcos Llorente, Felipe, Kondogbia, Hermoso, Ferreira Carrasco; Koke, De Paul, Lemar; Ángel Correa, Luis Suárez.
Atlético Madrid is a great team, but its current situation in La Liga is not the best and it has left doubts. Sevilla is the guard of the championship and will have the obligation to win the match, although the injuries have hurt it. Sparks will be drawn and it will be the match of the date – both will score – but it is impossible to give a winner to such a match.