2019/20 La Liga Matchday 24 Review – Celta thwart Real Madrid’s title ambitions

2019/20 La Liga Matchday 24 Review - Celta thwart Real Madrid's title ambitions

Another eventful weekend is over in La Liga and it’s one that leaves us with more questions than answers. After the latest round of action, there is now just one point separating the top two while only two separate the bottom four. Things are shaping up to go the wire at both ends of the table this season. Here is our La Liga matchday 24 review:

La Liga Matchday 24 Results, Expected Goals & Highlights

Friday 14th February 2020

Valencia 2-2 Atletico Madrid (xG: 1.49-1.09)

Saturday 15th February 2020

Mallorca 1-0 Alaves (xG: 2.12-0.80)

Barcelona 2-1 Getafe (xG: 1.90-1.19)

Villarreal 2-1 Levante (xG: 0.83-1.24)

Granada 2-1 Real Valladolid (xG: 2.16-0.60)

Sunday 16th February 2020

Sevilla 2-2 Espanyol (xG: 1.68-0.62)

Leganes 0-0 Real Betis (xG: 0.57-0.49)

Eibar vs Real Sociedad – Match postponed due to toxic air conditions.

Athletic Club 0-1 Osasuna (xG: 0.79-0.83)

Real Madrid 2-2 Celta Vigo (xG: 1.87-1.06)

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xG data via Understat

Valencia & Atleti play out unlikely Friday night Thriller

The weekend got underway with Valencia and Atletico Madrid meeting at Mestalla. After a series of unconvincing displays from both teams, expectations weren’t high that this would be much of a thriller but it turned into a really good game. The visitors twice took the lead through Marcos Llorente and Thomas Partey but were twice pegged back as Gabriel Paulista and Geoffrey Kondogbia netted for the hosts. Both sides had other chances to score in an end-to-end affair that may offer both sets of supporters reason to be slightly more optimistic heading into difficult Champions League games this week.

Real Madrid’s advantage cut to 1 Point

It’s tight at the top after Real Madrid dropped points on Sunday to give Barcelona renewed hope of retaining their title. The Catalans were victorious against 3rd place Getafe on Saturday despite a fine late goal from Ángel Rodríguez who has been strongly linked with a move to Camp Nou. Barcelona have now had their right to buy an emergency striker confirmed by La Liga and the Getafe forward is one of numerous players to have been linked with a move.

Real Madrid meanwhile were left to reflect on a disappointing result after Santi Mina struck late to earn a badly needed 2-2 draw for Celta Vigo at the Bernabeu. It ended a sequence of 5 straight league victories for Los Blancos and would have come as a real setback to Zinedine Zidane, particularly given this game came in between rare free midweeks allowing Los Blancos to put all their energy into it.

Bottom Four all avoid Defeat

Celta Vigo may have got an excellent result but they haven’t gained on any of their direct relegation rivals. Mallorca are now level on points with them after the Balearic islanders picked up a crucial 1-0 home win over Alaves on Saturday with Cucho Hernandez netting his first goal for the club.

Below those two, there were draws for both Leganes and Espanyol against the two Seville clubs. Both sides may sense they missed opportunities to pick up three points. The 0-0 draw between Lega and Betis at Butarque did little to help either side. Espanyol meanwhile led 2-1 at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan heading into the final ten minutes but Suso struck to salvage a point for an out of form Sevilla side.

La Liga Matchday 24 in Numbers

  • Marcos Llorente scored his 1st ever goal in La Liga in his 70th match.
  • Athletic Club have now gone 9 league games without a victory. Every other team in the Spanish top flight has won at least 1 of their last 5 games.
  • After Saturday’s defeat, Getafe have now taken just 2 points from their 16 matches against the ‘Big 3’ since they won promotion to La Liga in 2017.
  • Leo Messi has gone 4 league games without scoring, his worst goal drought in 6 years.
  • Ángel Rodríguez averages a goal every 95.3 minutes in La Liga this season, the best record of any player with 8+ goals.

Up Next…

European football is back this week with five Spanish teams in action in the Champions League and Europa League. We will have Champions League match previews for Atleti’s clash with Liverpool and Valencia’s trip to Atalanta. We’ll be back with previews for all the weekend La Liga games too including two huge relegation six-pointers at the bottom.

Daniel Garcia
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Daniel is a football writer based in Spain. He has an extensive knowledge of LaLiga history and closely follows current events in the Spanish top flight.

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