LaLiga’s latest rising star Facundo Pellistri from Manchester United

Uruguay underage international Pellistri, who just turned 19 last December, only arrived at D. Alaves on loan from Manchester United in January, with the aim of adding some dash and creativity for the Basque club over the remainder of the 2020/21 La Liga season. 

One-time Villarreal and Atletico de Madrid forward Forlan has been a big backer of his fellow Uruguayan for a long time. Pellistri came through the ranks at Montevideo club Peñarol – where Forlan was coach of the senior team as the teenager made his first steps at senior level, with another former rojiblanco star ‘Cebolla’ as club captain. 

Peñarol quickly realised they had a big talent on their hands and Pellistri played five times in their 2020 Copa Libertadores (South American Champions League) campaign, scoring away to Chilean team Colo Colo, and drawing the attention of former Villarreal playmaker Riquelme, now in charge of Argentine team Boca Juniors. 

Such displays also brought the confident but level-headed kid onto the radar of many of Europe’s top clubs, with LaLiga duo Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid credited with an interest in media reports. Both clubs know the Uruguayan market very well, with Blancos midfielder Fede Valverde having been signed from Peñarol in 2016, and Atletico currently having Sky Blues’ internationals Jose Gimenez, Lucas Torreira and Luis Suarez in their ranks. 

However, it was Manchester United who moved first, bringing Pellistri to Old Trafford last October. The kid then scored three times in his first eight games for the English club’s under-23 side, including a coolly finished strike in a derby against city neighbours Manchester City. When it was decided that the next step in his progression would be exposure and experience at senior level, the loan move to gain playing time in LaLiga made sense for all parties.  

The question now is where the clearly talented youngster will fit in now at Alaves, who also signed left winger Iñigo Cordoba, 23, from Athletic Club, in the January transfer window. Most often a right winger so far in his career, Pellistri can also cut in from the left, and is comfortable on both feet. He is also impressively fast, with a trick to beat his full-back on the inside or outside. A tendency to get to the byline and cross could also prove very useful for Alaves, given their centre-forwards Lucas Perez, Deyverson and especially Joselu are particularly strong in the air.  

A willingness to ‘press’ off the ball which will be appreciated by his new coach Abelardo Fernandez. While a knack for finding himself in goalscoring positions, and the composure to finish, could quickly make him very popular at Mendizorrotza. The rounded character, with a qualification in architecture, is also known to be eager to learn, and make the best of his experience in LaLiga.  

Alaves fans will be happy if he can have the same impact on their team as Bryan Gil, another young winger, has had so far this season at Basque neighbours Eibar. Or settle as quickly into LaLiga as his fellow Uruguayan Ronald Araujo has in recent months at Barcelona. 

So Alaves’ new rising star Pellistri has plenty of illustrious footsteps to follow and looks to have the talent and personality to make a huge impression over the next few months. 

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LaLiga’s Weekly Review

What’s been going on in LaLiga this past week? Here are all the top stories from around Spanish football, from a coaching change to Messi’s latest record. 

Wins for the top four 

In an unusual weekend by this season’s standards, each of the top four won in LaLiga Santander this weekend. Leaders Atletico de Madrid won at Granada CF, while Barcelona, Real Madrid and Sevilla FC each picked up home wins against D. Alaves, Valencia CF and SD Huesca respectively.  

Pellegrini’s happy return to Villarreal 

Manuel Pellegrini took his Real Betis side to the Estadio de la Cerámica this weekend, returning to the ground where he was Villarreal coach between 2004 and 2009. The Chilean ended the night happy after watching Betis – one of LaLiga’s form teams in 2021 – beat the Yellow Submarine 2-1 to close in on the European qualification spots.  

Yet another record for Messi 

Just when you thought Leo Messi had run out of records, he goes and reaches another. This weekend the Argentine master tied Xavi Hernandez’s all-time record of 505 LaLiga matches for Barcelona, putting him on the brink of setting a new record himself. He also marked the occasion by scoring a brace against Alaves, taking his tally for the season so far to 15. 

LaLiga’s birthday 

This season marks the 90th anniversary of Spain’s domestic football league, making LaLiga’s birthday extra special this year. The first ever league matches in Spain took place on February 10th, 1929, with last Wednesday marking the anniversary of that occasion. Many events were held around the world to celebrate the event.  

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LaLiga rising star Sergiño Dest

Sergiño Dest set to add to Barcelona’s Dutch tradition and launch a new American legacy 

Ronald Koeman will finally get to work with Sergiño Dest, the 19-year-old right-back who has just his first signing for Barcelona, arriving from Ajax in a deal worth up to an estimated €26 million. During his time in charge of the Netherlands national team, Koeman actually tried to convince Dest to play for the Oranje, although the player ultimately opted to play for the USA at international level. Now he’s got his man.  

Born in Almere in the Netherlands to a Dutch mother and American father, Dest was eligible to play for either country. He only visited the USA for the first time in 2014, but felt a connection with the country and also appreciated the trust placed in him by US Soccer. Dest thus decided to play his club football for Ajax and his national team football across the Atlantic.  

It was with the USA’s youth sides that Dest was first able to gain experience playing in front of big crowds, doing so at the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup in Poland. There, he helped lead the USA to the quarter-finals with his attacking play down the right wing and this set him up perfectly for his club debut.  

That came when Ajax coach Erik ten Hag threw the teenager into a huge occasion, giving him his debut in the Johan Cruyff Shield match against PSV Eindhoven in July 2019. The right-footed Dest had to play at left-back and was up to the challenge by playing the whole 90 minutes of Ajax’s 2-0 win. The youngster even had a shot off the post during his first outing.  

Having impressed Ten Hag so much in that debut on the big stage, Dest quickly became a starter at Ajax and was able to make the right-back spot his own, playing in his natural position and playing with a coolness that caught the interest of Europe’s biggest clubs. Just over one year after his debut, with 38 Ajax appearances under his belt, Barcelona have signed the attack-minded full-back – who had the fourth most Eredivisie assists of his team, with five, last season – to replace Nelson Semedo at the Camp Nou.  

Able to finally work with Dest, Koeman is particularly excited about this acquisition. “He’ll be a very useful player for Barcelona,” the Dutch tactician said in a press conference. “Having young talents is important for this club and, despite his young age, Dest has already played many professional matches, including some Champions League matches.” 

In total, the 2019 US Soccer Young Male Player of the Year already has five Champions League appearances to his name and he didn’t look flustered when he stepped out under the lights on those European nights. “You never have to get stressed because, if you get stressed, you’re going to do weird things in soccer,” is a mantra that the right-back has taken to heart, as he told ESPN. “Even now, if someone’s trying to press me or run in behind me, I just think about it and have it in the back of my mind.” 

At the Camp Nou, the biggest stadium in Europe, there will be pressure in every match. However, those who know Dest are confident that he can deal with that and show LaLiga and the world what he can do.  

For Barcelona, the Dutch-American will continue one legacy and launch another. 20 different Dutch players have represented Barcelona in official competition over the years, including the legendary Johan Cruyff, current coach Koeman and current midfielder Frenkie de Jong, whereas an American is yet to play a competitive match for the club.  

Konrad de la Fuente recently became the first USA national team player to feature for Barcelona at all, albeit in a pre-season friendly, and he knows Dest well since they were in the USMNT’s U20s side together. They’ve even combined for a goal before, with Dest assisting Konrad for a strike against France in March last year.  

Now, as Dest lands in Catalonia, Barcelona fans will hope to see plenty more of that as this new era gets under way.  

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LaLiga rising star Bryan Gil

Bryan Gil showing his audacious talents on loan at Eibar

Not many 17-year-olds would try and nutmeg Atletico de Madrid veteran Diego Godin on their LaLiga debut, but current Eibar winger and LaLiga rising star Bryan Gil has always been something out of the ordinary. 

Born in the town of Barbate in the southern Spanish province of Cadiz, Gil was invited to join Sevilla’s youth system aged just 10. He advanced quickly through the ranks, often being picked in teams with players one or even two years older. A big step forward came during 2018-19, when he scored four goals and gave six assists in 23 games for the Sevilla Atletico youth team playing in the third tier.  

A first team debut arrived in January 2019, with Gil getting a taste of the famous Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan atmosphere during a high-profile top of the table clash against Atletico de Madrid which was balanced at 1-1. A few minutes on the pitch was enough to make a big impression, including on surprised veteran and grizzled LaLiga winner Godin. 

Gil was regularly given more chances to impress and gain experience off the bench. When he set up teammate Munir El Haddadi to score in a 2-0 win over Real Valladolid in April, he became the first player born in the 21st century to give an assist in any of Europe’s top five leagues. A few weeks later he became the first of this new generation to score in LaLiga, with a fine left footed shot to wrap up the scoring in a 5-0 victory against Rayo Vallecano. 

Gil’s expansive wing play and quiet personality off the pitch reminded many at Sevilla of his boyhood hero and now club captain Jesus Navas (albeit on the other side of the pitch), although competition for places at the Sanchez-Pizjuan limited his chances to play every week. So, January 2020 brought a loan move to CD Leganes. While a relegation battle was not an easy environment for the youngster to come into, he gained a regular starting spot by the end of the campaign, even scoring in the 2-2 draw against champions Real Madrid on the final day.  

The summer unsurprisingly brought further interest from different LaLiga clubs, with SD Eibar winning the battle to get him on loan for the 2020-21 campaign, and he joined the Ipurua club along with fellow Sevilla youngster Alejandro Pozo. Again, he has had to work hard to impress new boss Jose Luis Mendilibar, but the quick learner has gained many new admirers with both his dribbling and creative skills, and not shying away from hard work off the ball. 

While nominally a left-winger who likes to take on his defender and get the ball into the penalty area, Gil has also played on the right side from where he can cut inside and link with teammates. This versatility and willingness to learn have also seen him fielded in a number 10 position for Eibar. He was especially impressive in October’s 1-0 victory over his ‘parent’ club Sevilla, which was no doubt a bitter-sweet occasion for all involved. The celebrations were more open as he bamboozled Real Betis defenders in a 2-0 victory over the Andalusian capital’s ‘other’ team in late November. 

At international level, Gil’s progress has also been smooth. He won a European U-19 championship with Spain in summer 2019, with Manchester City’s Ferran Torres and Huesca’s Sergi Gomez as teammates. Since progressing to the Under-21s this autumn, he outshone Barcelona’s Pedri to be named man of the match in a Euro qualifiers victory over the Faroe Islands in November.  

Gil does not turn 20 until next February, by which time he is likely to have further established himself as the most exciting attacking threat in Eibar’s current team. Looking longer-term, many at Sevilla feel that they already have a long-term successor to Navas, now 35, as a locally born standard bearer in their side. For the moment though, LaLiga’s latest rising star has his head down, eye on the ball, and is fully focused on making the most of every opportunity he gets.  

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On this day in LaLiga: Marcelo

15th February: Marcelo opens his LaLiga account (2009) 

February 15 2009 at El Molinon, and visitors Real Madrid are already 2-0 up at Sporting Gijon thanks to goals from Raul Gonzalez and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. Sporting try to react, but Blancos coach Juande Ramos’ side break dangerously and Gonzalo Higuain’s clever back-flick puts the ball into space. Into the picture arrows emerging star left-back Marcelo, who sprints clear of the Sporting defence, and finishes calmly past goalkeeper Iñaki Lafuente. Raul later completed a 4-0 victory, Madrid’s eighth win on the bounce in LaLiga. Marcelo’s clean strike was his first of 25 career LaLiga goals, and the now 32-year-old Madrid club vice-captain has since added five LaLiga titles.  

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LaLiga Santander Matchday 23 preview

Real Madrid look to peg back leaders Atleti !

Real Madrid have had an excellent week, taking six points out of six available with victories on Saturday and Tuesday. This, coupled with league leaders Atlético de Madrid dropping points last time out vs Celta, has really sparked the title race into life as just five points (and two games in hand) separate the city rivals at the top of the table. As Matchday 23 arrives, Los Blancos will be hoping to close the gap further but they’ll have to overcome a Valencia team who thrashed them 4-1 earlier in the season.

The league leaders are then in action in the first of Saturday’s fixtures, as Atlético de Madrid travel to Granada CF. After an eight-match winning streak was ended in their previous outing, Atleti will be looking to get back to winning ways to strengthen their position at the top of the standings. They’ll have fond memories of playing Granada too, after thrashing the Andalusian outfit 6-1 in their opening game of this campaign. 

Sevilla FC face SD Huesca in the next game, which is a battle between teams at opposite ends of the standings and teams with different objectives. Sevilla are aiming for a top four finish, while their opponents are simply looking to move off bottom place in the table. Two other teams in relegation trouble then clash in the next fixture as SD Eibar host Real Valladolid. Both of these teams are level on 20 points at the edge of the relegation zone, so the stakes could not be higher.   

FC Barcelona and D. Alavés then square off in the Saturday night game in a match-up between two coaches who know each other very well. Ronald Koeman and Abelardo used to play centre-back together for Barça back in the 1990s under Johan Cruyff, but they’ve never taken each other on as coaches. It’ll be a special occasion, then, as they cross paths again at the Camp Nou, but the focus will be on the three points once the ball gets rolling.  

Then comes Real Madrid vs Valencia CF at 4.15pm CET on Sunday afternoon. This is a classic LaLiga fixture which has produced so many goals in recent years, with an average of 3.7 goals per game over the past eight seasons. Five goals went in during their previous meeting with Valencia running away with a 4-1 win thanks to a hat-trick of penalties from Carlos Soler. If Real Madrid want to keep up the pressure on Atleti, they’ll need to find a way past Los Che this time around.

Watch LaLiga Santander live this weekend on beIN Sports (Channel 818 Astro)

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LaLiga’s Media Session in Malaysia: 90th Anniversary

LaLiga marks its 90th season with a look back at some of the key moments which led the Spanish league to become a global benchmark and a leader in the entertainment industry.  February 10th marks 92 years to the day since the first match in LaLiga history:   RCD Espanyol 3-2 Real Union de Irún 

Kuala Lumpur, February 10th 2021.- LaLiga celebrates its 90th season in 2021/21, doing so as one of the best leagues in the world, a global phenomenon, and a true leader in the modern entertainment industry. But how did it come to be this international benchmark? At what point did it become so much more than a simple football league and emblematic of a whole country? What’s the secret behind LaLiga clubs winning five of the last seven Champions League and 15 of the last 21 European trophies, or LaLiga players picking up each of the last 11 Ballon d’Ors? 

LaLiga reflected on these questions this February 10th, looking back on almost a century of competition to mark the 92nd anniversary of the first ever LaLiga game: RCD Espanyol 3-2 Real Union de Irun, played at 3.10pm at Sarria stadium in front of thousands of fans who each paid no more than a couple of pesetas. The world has evolved no end since then, but LaLiga has adapted to the changing times, and at no time with more decisiveness and global vision than over the past decade.  

On the field, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona have more often than not been the motor to push the league to new highs. Los Blancos have wowed the football world ever since the days of Alfredo Di Stefano and Santiago Bernabeu in the 1950s. FC Barcelona, meanwhile, took a step up in the early 1990s, when Johan Cruyff’s Dream Team laid the seeds of how football would be played over the next three decades. Off the field, meanwhile, the league’s organisational structures evolved to provide ever-increasing support to the league’s sporting successes. LaLiga as we know it today was founded in 1984 with this in mind, and the emergence of pay TV channels in 1996 saw the competition become known internationally as the ‘League of Stars.’ LaLiga has grown to dominate club football over the past 25 years, and in particular in the last decade thanks to the prolonged rivalry between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, two of the greatest players to ever play the game. The success of financial controls introduced in 2013 has also seen an ever-increasing balance emerge within the league, as has the collective rights sales model which was introduced two years later.  

To these key moments in LaLiga history add in the greatest players and coaches in world football, iconic stadiums, historic clubs, fascinating stories, an international structure at the cutting edge of technology and countless goals, moves and moments which will live forever in the memory of fans all over the world… the result is a blockbuster production that 90 seasons on continues to offer excitement and emotion of the highest order. 

About LaLiga 

LaLiga is a global, innovative and socially responsible organisation that leads the way in the leisure and entertainment sector. It is a private sporting association which is comprised of the 20 LaLiga Santander and 22 LaLiga SmartBank clubs and public limited sports companies (SADs) and is responsible for organising professional and national football competitions. In the 2018/19 season, LaLiga reached a global audience of 2.7 billion. The institution is centrally headquartered in Madrid (Spain) and has a presence in 55 countries through its nine offices and 46 delegates. The association carries out social outreach activities through its foundation and is the world’s first professional football league with a league for intellectually challenged footballers: LaLiga Genuine Santander.

 

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On this day in LaLiga: David Beckham

10th February: Beckham’s goodbye begins with a goal (2007) 

Real Madrid travelled to Real Sociedad’s Reale Arena on 10 February 2007 five points sitting behind LaLiga leaders Barcelona, with galactico David Beckham having recently announced his exit for MLS team LA Galaxy at the end of the season.

The visitors’ mood was lowered still further when Mikel Aranburu’s early goal put La Real in front. Then up stepped England captain Beckham to sweep a 25-yard free kick low to the net to equalise. Los Blancos title challenge was alive again, and Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s winner sealed three huge points for Fabio Capello’s side.

Beckham’s free kick was the last of his 13 LaLiga goals and is now remembered as the key turning point of the season. Madrid lost just one more game as they chased down Barca to win the title on the final day, allowing Beckham to leave for Los Angeles with a LaLiga winners’ medal in his pocket. 

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LaLiga’s Weekly Review

What has been going on in LaLiga this past week? Here are 10 of the top stories, from transfer deadline day to a series of contract renewals. 

There have been transfers, contract renewals, individual awards and important victories in LaLiga Santander over the past seven days. Below, the biggest stories from this busy week are broken down.  

Youssef En-Nesyri is 2021’s first Player of the Month in LaLiga Santander 

The first Player of the Month award of 2021 has gone to Sevilla striker Youssef En-Nesyri, who had a brilliant January with two hat-tricks. Luis Suárez, Toni Kroos, Frenkie de Jong, Pau Torres, Sergio Canales and Roger Martí were the other candidates for the award, but the in-form Moroccan beat them to the honour.  

Deadline day moves 

There were several transfers in LaLiga Santander on deadline day of the January window. The last-minute moves included Rubén Sobrino’s loan switch from Valencia CF to Cádiz CF, Paulo Gazzaniga’s loan move from Tottenham to Elche CF, Iñigo Córdoba’s loan down the road from Athletic Club to D. Alavés and Lucas Olaza leaving RC Celta to sign with Real Valladolid on loan.  

Come-from-behind wins for FC Barcelona and Real Madrid 

Both FC Barcelona and Real Madrid fell behind on the road this weekend, yet they both managed to mount comebacks to end up winning their matches. FC Barcelona managed to fight back to win 3-2 away at Real Betis, while Real Madrid overcame a stubborn SD Huesca side 2-1.

El Comandante is staying 

José Luis Morales is staying with Levante. ‘El Comandante’ has committed to the Valencian club until 2023 and celebrated his contract renewal with a historic progression to the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey.

Ander Barrenetxea signs until 2027 

Real Sociedad and Ander Barrenetxea are committed to each other for the long term, with the 19-year-old putting pen to paper on a new contract that has an end date of 2027. Having already impressed as a teenager, the future looks bright for this special player.  

A new contract for Óscar de Marcos 

Óscar de Marcos is yet another player who has signed a new contract this week. De Marcos has become a very important player in Marcelino’s Athletic Club project and has been rewarded for his strong performances of late with a new deal, one that will go until 2022.  

Sergio Ramos goes under the knife 

In order to fix an ongoing knee issue, Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has gone for an operation and he’ll be out for several weeks. That’s a huge blow for Real Madrid, especially with the club dealing with several other injuries right now.  

Abelardo’s first win 

Alavés earned their first victory since Abelardo returned as coach this week, topping Valladolid 1-0 in the coach’s 30th win in charge of the side from Vitoria across two spells. They’ll now look to build on the good result and push towards safety as the season goes on. 

Elche CF fight back in their Valencian Community derby 

Although the back-from-injury Gerard Moreno put Villarreal CF two goals up in this weekend’s Valencia Community derby, Elche CF fought back with goals from Guido Carrillo and Lucas Boyé to earn a 2-2 draw and to keep their hopes of avoiding relegation alive.  

Four teams remain in the Copa del Rey 

The 2020/21 Copa del Rey has reached the semi-final stage, with just FC Barcelona, Sevilla FC, Athletic Club and Levante UD remaining. The first two will play each other and the latter two will go head-to-head as well, with the two-legged semi-final ties commencing this week. 

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LaLiga Santander’s Matchday 22 Preview

Tough trips for Real Madrid and Barça and Monday night football for the LaLiga leaders .

Kick Off CET Time

Atlético de Madrid have opened up a 10-point gap at the top of the LaLiga Santander table and still have one game in hand over Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, who are tied in second place. This weekend, Zinedine Zidane and Ronald Koeman’s sides will look to cut that gap to put the pressure on Los Colchoneros, who round off the Matchday fixtures on Monday night.  

LaLiga Standings

Before that, Matchday 22 gets going with a Friday night duel between D. Alavés and Real Valladolid. Neither of these teams have won in their past four league matches and they’re both caught in the relegation battle, so the pressure is on. Real Valladolid suffered a 2-0 loss when these sides met earlier in the season, though on that night they played most of the game with 10 men thanks to an early red card for left-back Nacho Martínez. They have a brand new left-back now in the form of Lucas Olaza and he could make his debut in this game, after completing a January loan switch from RC Celta on deadline day.  

The next match sees Levante UD host Granada CF on Saturday afternoon, a game which could see a lot of goals. Levante matches this season have produced 2.90 total goals on average, while Granada have averaged 2.76. Only Barcelona and Betis games have averaged more in LaLiga Santander this season, so we could be in for a goalfest at the Ciutat de València. 

Real Madrid are in action next and they’ll be looking to bounce back from the defeat they suffered at the hands of Levante last weekend. Los Blancos visit bottom-placed SD Huesca but are likely in for a tough game. The home side’s form has improved since new coach Pacheta took over and they come into the game on the back of a big win over Valladolid thanks to a hat-trick from in-form striker Rafa Mir. 

Up next is a Valencian Community derby on Saturday evening, with Elche CF hosting Villarreal CF. This is a huge game for both teams, albeit for differing reasons. Elche are in the relegation zone and haven’t won any of their past 14 LaLiga Santander matches, so they need a three-point haul as soon as possible. Villarreal, meanwhile, are pushing for a Champions League spot and need every point they can get in that competitive top four tussle.  

Sevilla FC currently sit in fourth and they’ll look to consolidate their position when they host Getafe CF in the Andalusian capital on Saturday night. New signing Papu Gómez could make his LaLiga Santander debut in this one, after enjoying his first minutes in a Sevilla shirt during their midweek Copa del Rey victory.  

Sunday’s action begins with an intriguing clash between Real Sociedad and Cádiz CF. Both of these clubs strengthened their attacks in the transfer window, with La Real bringing in Carlos Fernández and Cadiz signing Ivan Šaponjić and Rubén Sobrino. The potential return of David Silva from injury will be like a new signing too for Real Sociedad, who still maintain their own hopes of Champions League qualification.  

ATHLETIC CLUB DE BILBAO-BAR‚A PARTIDO

A historic LaLiga Santander matchup then takes place on Sunday afternoon as Athletic Club play Valencia CF in Bilbao. The match will be a meeting of familiar faces as new Athletic boss Marcelino coached Valencia as recently as 2019, while his opposite number Javi Gracia came through the ranks at Athletic’s Lezama academy before starting his playing career. Considering these two teams are separated by just one point in the table, this match has huge implications in the standings too.  

The CA Osasuna vs SD Eibar match on Sunday evening also has huge implications, in this case in the relegation battle. These two teams are also separated by just one point, as they each hover precariously just above the bottom three.  

ATHLETIC CLUB DE BILBAO-BAR‚A PARTIDO

On Sunday night, two attack-minded and in-form teams face off as Real Betis play FC Barcelona. As previously noted, these are the two teams whose matches produce the most goals: 2.95 goals per Barça game, 2.90 per Betis game. Both sides have also yet to experience a LaLiga Santander defeat in 2021, too, so this is definitely a match worth tuning in for.  

League leaders Atlético de Madrid then round off the weekend with their home game against RC Celta on Monday night. They might have seen their lead at the top cut by the time their game kicks off, so the pressure could be back on Diego Simeone’s side. Their form over the first half of the season has put them in pole position to win a first LaLiga title since 2014, making this match essential Monday night viewing.   

Watch LaLiga Santander live this weekend on beIN Sports (CH.818 Astro). 

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