Real Sociedad, Betis and Villarreal seek to forget their European eliminations and settle in the noble zone

Sevilla visits a Getafe in danger


Real Sociedad, Real Betis and Villarreal seek this Sunday to forget their European eliminations against Elche (4:15 p.m.), RCD Mallorca (2:00 p.m.) and Osasuna (4:15 p.m.), respectively, and settle in the noble zone of LaLiga Santander , in a twenty-sixth day in which Sevilla visits a Getafe in danger (6:30 p.m.).

At the Reale Arena, Imanol Alguacil’s men hope to leave behind their continental ‘KO’ against Roma, confirmed on Thursday with a 0-0 home draw -2-0 in the first leg-, and interrupt their disastrous run of results, which will He has made them fall to fourth position (45), three points behind Atlético and with an advantage over the Betic team.

The San Sebastian team has only been able to win one of their last ten games in all competitions -against Espanyol (2-3) on February 13-, and in LaLiga they have already gone four games without winning, with one defeat and three draws , the last in Palma (1-1).

Opposite, they will have an Elche sunk in the last position of the table despite having achieved four of the last six points at stake by beating Mallorca (0-1) and drawing with Real Valladolid (1-1). At 13 points from salvation, the same as he treasures in his locker, the mission to save himself seems like a utopia, but he still dreams of achieving it.

The Basques will not have available the sanctioned Mikel Merino and Carlos Fernandez or the injured Umar Sadiq, Martin Merquelanz and Aritz Elustondo, while Pablo Machín, outstanding for Lucas Boyé, will not be able to count on Pape Cheikh or Pere Milla, due to sanction, neither with Enzo Roco nor Lysandro Magellan, due to injury.

They also want to forget their elimination in the Europa League at the hands of Manchester United -4-1 at Old Trafford and 0-1 in Seville- Real Betis, who will receive an RCD Mallorca at the Benito Villamarín who wants to clarify their outlook.

Manuel Pellegrini’s men, fifth to three of the ‘Champions’ and with six income over the first of the European aspirants -Athletic Club-, have accumulated four consecutive games without winning, despite the fact that in LaLiga they have harvested two good draws in previous days against Real Madrid (0-0) and Villarreal (1-1).

The Balearic Islands have not finished starting in recent weeks either, in which they have lost to Espanyol (2-1) and Elche (0-1) and tied against Real Sociedad (1-1). Its 32 units, six from both the continental zone and the danger posts, do not allow them to settle.

Luiz Henrique will not be available for the Verdiblanco team due to the accumulation of cards and joins the list of casualties made up of Nabil Fekir, Luiz Felipe and Juan Cruz. Those of Javier Aguirre will only have the absence of Daniel Luna and the doubt of Martin Valjent.

At El Sadar, Osasuna aspires to take advantage of the confusion of Villarreal, who said goodbye to the Conference League at home against Anderlecht, and stay just one point behind the people of Castellón, the last of the teams in European positions.

Quique Setién’s team ended their European season with a defeat on Thursday at La Cerámica (0-1), after the first leg draw. His last league duel against Betis (1-1) also ended in a draw, which means that, with 38 points, he only has two rentals over Athletic. The Navarrese (34), meanwhile, have only added six of the last 21 points at stake.

The ‘Yellow Submarine’ will go to Pamplona without Álex Baena, who will have to complete the cycle, nor Francis Coquelin, while keeping an eye on Étienne Capoue. Jagoba Arrasate will regret the loss of Aimar Oroz and Rubén Peña.

Finally, at Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, Getafe will try to get out of the relegation zone against a Sevilla grown by their pass to the quarterfinals of the Europa League against Fenerbahçe -2-0 and 1-0-. The azulones, who beat Girona (3-2) and drew with Cádiz (2-2) in their last matches, have 26 units, the same ones that mark their permanence -Valencia-.

Jorge Sampaoli’s men have more margin, who manage 28 points after beating Almería (2-1) to break a series of two consecutive defeats in LaLiga.

Domingos Duarte, Omar Alderete and Mauro Arambarri will miss out on Quique Sánchez Flores, who is keeping an eye on Jordan Amavi. The Nervionenses, with Fernando Reges serving the third of his four game suspension, will not be able to count on Karim Rekik, Marcao or ‘Papu’ Gómez either.


Real Betis – RCD Mallorca. Pizarro Gómez (C.Madrileño) 14.00.

Osasuna – Villarreal. Muñiz Ruiz (C. Gallego) 16.15.

Royal Society – Elche. Sánchez Martínez (C. Murciano) 16.15.

Getafe – Sevilla. Mateu Lahoz (C.Valenciano) 18.30.

FC Barcelona – Real Madrid. From Burgos Bengoetxea (C.Vasco) 21.00.