LaLiga Santander Matchday 27 preview: Derby fever grips Valencia and Seville
Not only is Matchday 27 important because the business end of the season has arrived, but this round is also huge because there are two historic derbies taking place on Friday and Sunday night. In Valencia, Levante UD and Valencia CF will continue their rivalry and, down south in Seville, the latest battle between Sevilla FC and Real Betis will take place with qualification for Europe on the line.
The derby atmosphere begins from the very start of this round, as the Friday night fixture at 21:00 CET is the clash between Los Granotas and Los Che at the Ciutat de València. Their first meeting of the 2020/21 season was all the way back in the first matchday and that game was a thriller, as Valencia twice came from behind to win 4-2.
On Saturday night, there is another derby as Atlético de Madrid face opposition from within the capital for the second weekend in a row. After drawing 1-1 with Real Madrid last weekend, the league leaders now face the short trip to Getafe CF. This is a fixture that has brought Atleti a lot of joy in recent years as Diego Simeone has faced the Azulones 18 times as coach, enjoying 16 wins and two draws while seeing his team score 34 total goals while, incredibly, conceding zero. It’s an incredible stat and it will be put to the test again this weekend.
Then, at 9pm CET on Sunday night, there is a huge fixture as Sevilla FC and Real Betis square off at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán. With the former currently in fourth on 48 points and the latter in sixth on 42 points, this another game with major European qualification implications.
More than that, though, it is one of world football’s most electric derby matches. Seville is a city that breathes football and these two teams have been rivals for over 100 years, splitting the city into one red half and one green half on derby day. The fact that the captains Jesús Navas and Joaquín represent their clubs so well is yet another reason why this fixture has been so special in recent seasons.