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La Liga 2018/19 - Week 36 Fixtures - 3-5th May, 2019

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Friday 3rd May, 2019
Sevilla vs Leganes, 20.00

Saturday 4th May, 2019
Levante vs Rayo Vallecano
Espanyol vs Atletico Madrid
Alaves vs Real Sociedad
Celta Vigo vs Barcelona

Sunday 5th May, 2019
Getafe vs Girona
Eibar vs Real Betis
Real Madrid vs Villarreal
Real Valladolid vs Athletic Bilbao
Huesca vs Valencia

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12 hours ago, Stan said:

Sevilla losing again! @The Rebel CRS

This puts Athletic Bilbao still in with a chance if they win this weekend. What a turnaround for them as they were near the relegation zone at the start of the year!

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Barcelona have already won the title so mass rotations are expected. But the game to watch is Huesca v Valencia and what can happen there with how the table lies. Both have stuff to play for in the final games but Valencia also have the home game against Arsenal to think about and that must surely be a dilemma for Marcelino.

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With Sevilla's 0-3 defeat at home in the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuan, Valencia must surely field a competitive side tomorrow away to Huesca. Huesca look doomed rooted right at the bottom of La Liga on 30 points, but a victory would see them to within 4 points of salvation when it all looked done and dusted only a couple of weeks back. It still looks extremely difficult, but it's a chance and Valencia now have a chance at that top 4 Champions League slot.

Good news for Arsenal!

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Dembele off injured after just 4 minutes into the game. It's worrying just how much he gets injured as he is a quality player, but seems to get injured constantly, which is what is holding him back right now. Hopefully nothing serious this time and he's able to play a part in the game against Liverpool on Tuesday.

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6 minutes ago, The Rebel CRS said:

Dembele off injured after just 4 minutes into the game. It's worrying just how much he gets injured as he is a quality player, but seems to get injured constantly, which is what is holding him back right now. Hopefully nothing serious this time and he's able to play a part in the game against Liverpool on Tuesday.

Only if he can improve his finishing if he's gonna play xD 

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Fair play to Celta last night, they have now guaranteed their safety, which is good news as La Liga is certainly a better league with them in it.

Same with Villarreal, who have also been in threat of relegation this season. La Liga is worse without them.

 

I've just realised now that Real Madrid have lost 10 games this season, which is actually more than Getafe(8), Valencia(7) and Athletic(9), difference is, they have turned more draws into wins than those other clubs. But it's still terrible by their standards. They are lucky that other clubs behind them such as Valencia, Sevilla and Athletic have had inconsistent seasons or it could have been a lot worse for Real this season and they may have finished outside the top 4.

 

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8 minutes ago, The Rebel CRS said:

Fair play to Celta last night, they have now guaranteed their safety, which is good news as La Liga is certainly a better league with them in it.

Same with Villarreal, who have also been in threat of relegation this season. La Liga is worse without them.

 

I've just realised now that Real Madrid have lost 10 games this season, which is actually more than Getafe(8), Valencia(7) and Athletic(9), difference is, they have turned more draws into wins than those other clubs. But it's still terrible by their standards. They are lucky that other clubs behind them such as Valencia, Sevilla and Athletic have had inconsistent seasons or it could have been a lot worse for Real this season and they may have finished outside the top 4.

 

Seriously bad stats for them, even if they have gone through change of manager. A team that wins 3 Champions Leagues in a row you wouldn't think could loss 10 across those 3 seasons let alone in one season. 

Agree with Villarreal and Celta about staying up. Established La Liga clubs who have some decent players amongst them. Glad they've survived too. 

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4 minutes ago, Stan said:

Seriously bad stats for them, even if they have gone through change of manager. A team that wins 3 Champions Leagues in a row you wouldn't think could loss 10 across those 3 seasons let alone in one season. 

Agree with Villarreal and Celta about staying up. Established La Liga clubs who have some decent players amongst them. Glad they've survived too. 

To be honest, they did finish 3rd last season as well behind Atletico, so you could see this coming really, especially with Zidane and C.Ronaldo then leaving. I think last season's Champions league win patched up the cracks in many ways as they were nothing special and their domestic form showed this.

 

 

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The 2-0 defeat Barcelona suffered yesterday is only Valverde's 4th as club coach... 2 of the 4 (50%) have come after securing the La Liga title. Considering past great coaches of the club, that's no mean feat.

Celta have been fighting for their lives in recent weeks and thankfully Iago Aspas hurried his comeback from injury to save them. His statistics for Celta Vigo are of a legendary status for any club anywhere and they've not even won anything with him. Just to put these things into perspective on what players mean for certain clubs.

As @The Rebel CRS said, the injury to Dembélé is a blow because Valverde was finally giving him minutes after returning from injury and a conservative approach preparing him for this final Champions League run-in. Unfortunately Coutinho will now have to play at Anfield for sure and that isn't good as the best he's managed is making decoy runs by pulling opposition out of position.

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Go on Valencia! I know it was only Huesca and it consigns them to relegation but it strengthens their position for 4th, especially given Getafe play Barcelona next and Sevilla play Atletico. 

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19 minutes ago, Stan said:

Go on Valencia! I know it was only Huesca and it consigns them to relegation but it strengthens their position for 4th, especially given Getafe play Barcelona next and Sevilla play Atletico. 

I know Getafe are playing Barça at the Camp Nou and all that where normal circumstances would say that a home win is more than probable. But Valverde will be rotating even if Barça were to get knocked-out of the Champions League because the Copa del Rey Final is just around the corner. Getafe are in fine form, difficult to beat lately and look at what Celta did to Barcelona.

Valencia have been a very odd side this season and a lot of stick was given to Marcelino for the errors he made in the Europa League tie at The Emirates. Valencia are much better than what they showed against a very poor Arsenal side. I expect Valencia to give Getafe a go for fourth for sure.

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Celta Vigo this weekend was the easiest bet I'll ever have against Barcelona.

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On 05/05/2019 at 13:33, SirBalon said:

The 2-0 defeat Barcelona suffered yesterday is only Valverde's 4th as club coach... 2 of the 4 (50%) have come after securing the La Liga title. Considering past great coaches of the club, that's no mean feat.

Celta have been fighting for their lives in recent weeks and thankfully Iago Aspas hurried his comeback from injury to save them. His statistics for Celta Vigo are of a legendary status for any club anywhere and they've not even won anything with him. Just to put these things into perspective on what players mean for certain clubs.

As @The Rebel CRS said, the injury to Dembélé is a blow because Valverde was finally giving him minutes after returning from injury and a conservative approach preparing him for this final Champions League run-in. Unfortunately Coutinho will now have to play at Anfield for sure and that isn't good as the best he's managed is making decoy runs by pulling opposition out of position.

All those results, other than yesterday vs Celta, were all lost by a single goal as well and were in games which could quite easily have ended in a draw, or even gone Barça's way.

 

Iago Aspas to Celta is literally what Messi is to Barcelona. His importance is huge and he's a player that will be remembered by Celta fans for many many years. Class player and I'm very surprised that it didn't work out for him at Liverpool or Sevilla, as talent wise he's good enough to play for anyone.

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