Real Sociedad and Villarreal fight for Europe against the needy Cádiz and the saved Rayo


Real Sociedad and Cádiz face each other this Thursday (7:00 p.m.) in a match of the utmost importance for both, although with very different objectives, while Villarreal also has a lot at stake in their visit (8:00 p.m.) to a Rayo Vallecano already saved and ‘relaxed’, in matches corresponding to matchday 36 of LaLiga Santander.

At the Reale Arena, the local team needs to add the three points to remain firm in their desire to play European competition next season, although they will face a Cádiz team that is playing for permanence and arrives spurred on after their victory against Elche.

Those of Imanol Alguacil are in a bad moment, they accumulate four consecutive games without knowing the victory, two draws and two defeats, and they have completely fallen out of the fight to enter the Champions League, which already have eight points when there are only nine left to be played

For this reason, the ‘txuri-urdin’ need victory because right now they are in Europa League positions, but they are only three points away from Villarreal, who is the one who currently occupies the place that gives access to the Conference League, with the Athletic Club, after losing in Granada, to four.

The coach from Gipuzkoa will have significant casualties due to the accumulation of warnings from Alexander Isak and Robin Le Normand. Portu should take the place of the Swedish striker, while Aritz Elustondo will replace the French centre-back.

For their part, Cádiz arrives at the game euphoric after their biggest victory of the season, the 3-0 against Elche in a match resolved in the final stretch thanks to Álvaro Negredo, Rubén Sobrino and ‘Choco’ Lozano .

Sergio González’s men mark the permanence with 34 points, only three above the relegation places, to which they could fall if they lose at the Reale Arena and Mallorca gets the three points against Sevilla, although the cadistas will already go out to the field knowing what the Balearic Islands have done.

The Cadiz team hopes to maintain its solid line away from home as it has just chained three complicated outings (Mestalla, Camp Nou and Sánchez-Pizjuán) without losing and with only one goal conceded. Fede San Emeterio and Varazdat Haroyan are the Catalan coach’s casualties, who is recovering Rubén Alcaraz and who could return ownership to Víctor Chust due to Fali’s physical condition and considering the visit from Real Madrid.


In Vallecas, Villarreal faces one of their last challenges of the season, closing the course with qualification for the Europa League as a reward for a very irregular league year, so Unai Emery’s men need to beat Rayo Vallecano to try keep your options intact.

In addition, after the defeat of Athletic Club in Granada, Villarreal could, in the event of winning, gain a more comfortable distance over Marcelino García Toral’s men to secure seventh place, although their calendar, with a duel against Real at home and away to the Camp Nou, it is not easy.

In addition, the team from Castellón, which has not been able to win in its last four games between the League and the Champions League, has not finished hitting the key away from La Cerámica in the domestic championship and has lost in four of its last five outings. Emery has significant casualties in the offensive field due to the absences of Gerard Moreno, Danjuma and Yéremy Pino, and could make rotations to refresh the team.

For its part, Rayo Vallecano arrives at the game calm after being able to mathematically certify their permanence in the First Division with the goalless draw in Getafe last weekend.

Andoni Iraola’s men, who have gone four games without losing, with only one goal conceded, but also only two scored, are no longer playing ‘anything’, but they will try -without extra pressure on their legs- to bring joy to their fans that He has seen them win in Vallecas in the League in 2022 and that they have not done so since December 18.

The Usurbil coach, who has not yet decided on his future at the club, has Pathé Ciss suspended due to suspension and it seems that he will not be able to count on Isi Palazón either, due to shoulder discomfort, so Bebe could have his chance. Sergi Guardiola and Radamel Falcao fight to be the ‘9’.


Royal Society-Cádiz. Martínez Munuera (C.Valenciano) 19.00.

R. Vallecano-Villarreal. Diaz de Mera Escuderos (CC-La Mancha) 8:00 p.m.

Real Madrid-Raise. Lamb Vega (C.Cantabro) 21.30.