Celta and Rayo seek to sink Cádiz against Athletic and Granada


Celta and Athletic Club meet this Wednesday in Balaídos on matchday 36 of LaLiga EA Sports, in a match in which the locals will seek a victory that practically certifies their permanence against a rival that wants to continue improving its options to fight for fourth place , while Cádiz will experience a regional derby that could send them to Second against a Sevilla with nothing at stake and Rayo Vallecano will try to take advantage of Granada’s mood to sign salvation as well.

RC Celta receives Athletic Club (22.00) in the penultimate league matchday with permanence at stake. Giráldez’s men, who have just fallen in the Metropolitano, have seen how they returned to the abyss of 17th position, with five points ahead of Cádiz, so a victory against the Bilbao team would be a giant step that could mean permanence if the Cádiz team does not win.

For its part, Ernesto Valverde’s team, weighed down by a season finale in which they have only achieved one victory in the last six games, faces their first ‘match ball’ in order to play the next edition of the Liga de Champions. To continue in the fight, the rojiblancos need to achieve victory in Balaídos and for Atlético de Madrid to leave points on their visit to the Coliseum.

The light blue team entrusts itself to the push of Balaídos to achieve victory. In front of their fans, Celta has managed to add 10 of the last 12 points at stake, in what is the best streak of results of the season at home. Furthermore, Giráldez’s men have recovered the best version of Iago Aspas, who has scored three goals and participated in six in the last two league games for the Vigueses at home and who is good at Athletic since it is the fourth team to who has scored the most goals throughout his career, 10 in 17 games.

For its part, Athletic is pushing its last options to play in the next Champions League in a stadium where it has only won one of its last three visits and where it has only scored one goal in its last four games. A fact to which is added that their top scorer this season, Gorka Guruzeta, will not be present due to the appendicitis operation he suffered last week.

The good news for Valverde will be the return of the suspended Yeray Álvarez and Aitor Paredes, suspended last day, who caused the red and white defense to be greatly depleted in the match against Osasuna. The one who will not be in Vigo will be Yuri, who saw his fifth yellow card of the season in the League and will complete the yellow cycle.

On the other hand, in the Andalusian capital, Seville and Cádiz will measure forces at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán (7:30 p.m.), in a regional derby that could end in drama for the visitors who, in the event of a defeat or draw, could certify their mathematical relegation. to LaLiga Hypermotion. Despite this, the victory achieved by the Cádiz team last day against Getafe has given morale to Mauricio Pellegrino’s team, who continue to dream of the miracle of permanence.

Quique Sánchez Flores’ Sevilla has less at stake, which, after the defeat last Saturday against Villarreal, has been left without mathematical options to reach European positions, and will play the last three days of the League with only the image and prestige of the club , as well as climb the maximum in the leaderboard. To achieve this, the Seville team needs to continue its good streak of results at home, where they have won four of their last five games, losing only one of the last six.

Opposite, Cádiz, who have not won at the Sánchez-Pizjuán in the 21st century, only have three points worth to ensure they continue in the fight for permanence in the last two rounds, while a setback in Seville would condemn them to Second if Celta achieves victory against Athletic. If they win, the Cadistas, who are the second worst visitors in the category, would achieve their first victory away from Nuevo Mirandilla since April 2023 and would also put pressure on Mallorca, now seven points behind.

In sports, Sánchez Flores, who recovers Badé, will not be able to count on the injured Isaac Romero, Óliver Torres, Sow, Lamela and Gudelj, while Pellegrino still does not have the injured José Mari, Koumaré, Meré, Luis Hernández, San Emeterio and Ousou, all of them are also out at the Santiago Bernabéu against Real Madrid.


Finally, Rayo Vallecano and Granada face each other at the Vallecas Stadium (7:30 p.m.), in a match in which the Vallecanos can virtually ensure permanence in LaLiga EA Sports against a Nasrid team already relegated to LaLiga Hypermotion.

To achieve this, Iñigo Pérez’s men, who have a six-point advantage over Cádiz, need to win the match in front of their home crowd and not let the Cádiz team do so. However, Vallecas has resisted them since they have only achieved three wins so far this campaign, being the second worst venue in the championship.

The rival seems favorable for the franjirrojos who, in addition to finding a team morally sunk due to the confirmation of relegation, have won six of their last seven matches at the Municipal de Vallecas. For its part, Granada, led by former Rayista coach José Ramón Sandoval, has lost 11 of its last 13 games away from Nuevo Los Cármenes, in which it has conceded 26 goals, a figure that helps make the Nasrids the team with the most goals. from LaLiga EA Sports at home.


-Wednesday, May 15.

Rayo Vallecano – Grenada. Diaz de Mera (CC-Manchego)

Seville – Cadiz. Ortiz Arias (C. Madrid) 7:30 p.m.

Celta – Athletic. García Verdura (Catalan) 22.00.

Getafe – Atlético de Madrid. Melero López (C. Andaluz) 22.00.