LaLiga Santander Matchday 19 preview: The Catalan derby ends the week on a high note 

Madrid take on Sociedad while Barca face Girona
Vinicius of Real Madrid Vs Real Sociedad

(Football news) Matchday 19 of the 2022/23 LaLiga Santander season as it will also be the final round of the first half of the campaign. There are some huge fixtures coming up including a Catalan derby between Girona FC and FC Barcelona and a top-of-the-table clash between second-placed Real Madrid and third-placed Real Sociedad. On Friday night on the south coast, UD Almería hosts an in-form RCD Espanyol side. The Catalans have gone undefeated across their four league games since the return from the World Cup and will be looking to continue their good form.

On Saturday, Cádiz CF vs RCD Mallorca as the Andalusian side are currently in the relegation zone and need to start picking points up quickly. A Catalan derby then follows as Girona FC welcome FC Barcelona for just the fifth ever in LaLiga. Barça won 3-0 and 2-0 in their previous two visits to Girona FC’s home ground and will hope to achieve another victory in the neighbouring city in order to secure their position as winter champions. Sevilla FC have a second home game in a row and they’ll hope for another big win just like they achieved last weekend thanks to a late Ivan Rakitić penalty. They’ll take on bottom-placed Elche CF and Jorge Sampaoli knows that this is the kind of game which is a must win if they’re to pull away from the relegation zone.

The last of Saturday’s games is between two sides who have lost their past three matches, as Getafe CF host Real Betis. Both these clubs need something to cheer about, so will be giving their all in the south of Madrid this Saturday night.There are four more fixtures on Sunday, with Real Valladolid vs Valencia CF first up. With Real Valladolid having dropped into the bottom three, they’ll be determined to win this weekend and will hope that their new striker, Canada international Cyle Larin, can fire them to victory.

CA Osasuna vs Atlético de Madrid is next up, as Atleti hope to keep up their fantastic record against the Pamplona-based club. Los Colchoneros have won their past eight clashes with CA Osasuna, scoring 22 and conceding two in that run.After that, Athletic Club will be chasing their first LaLiga Santander win of 2023 when they visit RC Celta. The Basque side have had a tough run since the resumption of club football, but they’ll hope to win in Galicia just like they did last season, when an Iñaki Williams goal earned them a 1-0 win.

Second-placed Real Madrid welcome third-placed Real Sociedad to the Santiago Bernabéu. Both these clubs boast several in-form players, such as Karim Benzema, Vinícius and Thibaut Courtois for Los Blancos or Alexander Sørloth, Takefusa Kubo and Brais Méndez. It should be a spectacle when they face off, as both these sides seek important LaLiga Santander points. Villarreal CF and Rayo Vallecano meet at the Estadio de la Cerámica as both these sides play thrilling brands of football, When these two styles come up against each other, goals should be expected.


Saturday, 28th Jan 1:30 a.m. ALMERIA – ESPANYOL

Saturday, 28th Jan 6:30 p.m. CADIZ – MALLORCA

Saturday, 28th Jan 8:45 p.m. GIRONA – BARCELONA

Saturday, 28th Jan 11:00 p.m. SEVILLA – ELCHE

Sunday, 29th Jan 1:30 a.m. GETAFE – REAL BETIS

Sunday, 29th Jan, 6:30 p.m. VALLADOLID – VALENCIA

Sunday, 29th Jan, 8:45 p.m. OSASUNA – ATLETICO MADRID

Sunday, 29th Jan, 11:00 p.m. CELTA VIGO – ATHLETIC CLUB

Monday, 30th Jan, 1:30 a.m. REAL MADRID – REAL SOCIEDAD

Tuesday, 31st Jan, 1:30 a.m. VILLAREAL – RAYO VALLECANO

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