This weekend begins the second half of the 2020/21 season of LaLiga Santander
This weekend begins the second half of the 2020/21 season of LaLiga Santander.
Almost every team in the division has played their first 19 games of the 38-game campaign, so Matchday 20 marks the start of the season finale.
On Saturday there are four games, the first of which is SD Huesca vs Villarreal CF. It will be a tough challenge for the newly promoted team, but they have a new coach in the form of Pacheta and this will be his first home game at El Alcoraz so optimism will be high.
Considering that Huesca won a draw when these teams met earlier in the season, the visitors cannot take anything for granted.
The second game on Saturday is an Andalusian derby in which Cádiz CF makes the short trip to face Sevilla FC.
It will be an especially special occasion for the Sevilla forward Suso, who faces the club from his hometown and the team in whose quarry he launched his career.
Real Sociedad vs Real Betis is next and promises to be a fascinating tactical fight between two teams in the top six in possession statistics this season. Both can’t win the possession battle in this one though, so it will be interesting to see how these coaches adapt their styles and which one wins.
On Saturday night, at 21:00 CET, there is a great match for Deportivo Alavés.
He will receive the current champion, Real Madrid, and will do so 100 years after the founding of his club. The Babazorros were founded on January 23, 1921 and will celebrate their centenary with one of the most important games of the season.
They will also do it with Abelardo on the bench, their former coach who returned to the helm last week. He has previous experience in defeating Real Madrid as Alavés coach, so the capital’s team will have to be careful.
Four more games follow on Sunday, starting with CA Osasuna vs Granada CF. These two teams actually met on January 12, when they played their postponed first round match of the season and when Granada won 2-0.
We will soon find out if Osasuna can do better this time.
Elche CF will face FC Barcelona next and the pressure is on the premises to get a positive result from this match, considering that they have not won any of their last 12 league games.
Barça, meanwhile, will seek to overcome the disappointment of their defeat in the final of the Spanish Super Cup, but will not have the sanctioned Lionel Messi for this match and others will have to try to overcome that absence.
Sunday’s next match could be tense as RC Celta take on SD Eibar in Galicia, a match that has ended scoreless the last two times they met. This could be an equally tight game between two teams that are still looking over their shoulders at the relegation zone.
After that, there is a match that can produce a lot of goals.
Two giants of Spanish soccer will face off in the capital when Atlético de Madrid take on Valencia CF and there have been 14 goals in the last five meetings of these teams.
Atleti tops the table and will be considered favorites, but Valencia has shown this season that they can elevate their game for the most important occasions.
The Che He has already defeated Real Madrid and Real Sociedad and has drawn at FC Barcelona.
His next heavyweight fight takes place on Sunday night.
There is also a match on Monday night in this round, as Athletic Club, champions of the Spanish Super Cup, triumphantly return to San Mamés to play against Getafe CF.
The Basque team will continue full of confidence after lifting the first trophy of the Spanish football season, but they will want to start putting league points on the board also in what will be the fifth game of the new coach Marcelino in the general classification, but only his second LaLiga Santander Game.
Getafe has been rejuvenated with the loan arrivals of Takefusa Kubo and Carles Alena and that means that an excellent contest of skill and physique is expected.