(Previous) La Real defends Europe against Villarreal and Mallorca and Seville seek to escape from the bottom zone

Las Palmas wants to get closer to the noble area in Mendizorrotza


This Saturday at the Estadio de la Cerámica against Villarreal (6:30 p.m.) Real Sociedad seeks to maintain its European positions, in a sixteenth day of LaLiga EA Sports in which RCD Mallorca and Sevilla FC face their problems (9:00 p.m.) and in the that UD Las Palmas hopes to get closer to the privileged positions at the expense of Deportivo Alavés (2:00 p.m.).

The San Sebastian team had more trouble than expected in the Copa del Rey to eliminate Andratx (0-1) with a solitary goal from André Silva; With this, they won again after two consecutive draws against Salzburg (0-0) and Osasuna (1-1). Now, they return to the domestic competition, where they are sixth with 26 points, one ahead of the first of the contenders to enter continental positions, Real Betis.

Before playing for the lead of the group in 'Champions' against Inter, Imanol Alguacil's team faces a Villarreal team that, led by Marcelino García Toral, has gone five games without losing, but is not quite convincing. With 16 points, it is still closer to relegation, at seven points, than sixth place, at ten.

In addition to the suspended Robin Le Normand, the injured Martín Merquelanz, Ander Barrenetxea and Mohamed-Ali Cho, as well as striker Mikel Oyarzabal, who has just become a father, will miss the duel in the 'txuri urdin' team. Santi Comesaña, Yeremy Pino, Denis Suárez, Alberto Moreno and Aissa Mandi will not be on the Castellón team.

For its part, Deportivo Alavés is looking for its third consecutive victory in Mendizorrotza – where it beat Almería and Granada in recent weeks – to try to ward off the danger, seven points below its 16. Those of Luis García Plaza, who surpassed during the week by the minimum against Terrassa (0-1) in the Cup, they hope to score points for the third day in a row after drawing last weekend in Mallorca (0-0).

Opposite, Las Palmas (21) is eager to continue the victory against Getafe (2-0) and continue making merit to move up to the privileged places, five points up. By the way, Xavi García Pimienta's men want to get rid of the cup-winner scare against Tudelano, against whom they needed an extension to be able to eliminate them (1-2).

Without the long-term injuries Giuliano Simeone and Aleksandar Sedlar, the babazorros will also have to deal with the absence of Ander Guevara, who will have to complete a cycle. The Canaries, meanwhile, will suffer the absences of Eric Curbelo, Fabio González, Álvaro Lemos and Sandro Ramírez, all due to injury.

In the last match on Saturday, at the Mallorca Son Moix, Mallorca and Sevilla will fight to distance themselves from the burning positions. The vermillions, who in the 'KO' tournament got rid of Valle de Egüés (0-3), have not won in LaLiga since mid-September, and since then they have played ten games without achieving it, which leaves them with 11 points, two about the penultimate place.

The Nervionense team also does not know what it is to win with Diego Alonso beyond the Cup – where this week they eliminated Atlético Astorga (0-2) – and, excluding those two cup duels, the Uruguayan coach has gone nine games without knowing victory. Eliminated from the 'Champions' and about to play for third place and the Europa League against Lens, they have only 13 points, four above relegation.

The Kosovar Vedat Muriqi is the only certain absence in the Balearic team, which remains pending the status of Pablo Maffeo and Cyle Larin. For its part, Sevilla will have up to ten casualties: Jesús Navas, Suso, Mariano, Örjan Nyland, Alfonso Pastor, Tanguy Nianzou, Érik Lamela, Marcos Acuña, Fernando Reges and Loïc Badé.


Alavés – Las Palmas. Munuera Montero (C.Andaluz) 14.00.

Real Betis – Real Madrid. Soto Grado (C.Riojano) 16.15.

Villarreal – Real Sociedad. Melero López (C.Andaluz) 18.30.

Mallorca – Seville. Alberola Rojas (CC-Manchego) 21.00.