It was a strange weekend in what has been quite a strange season in La Liga. The end result is that we are back where we were before last week’s Clasico with Barcelona two points clear of Real Madrid again after Los Blancos slipped up. Here is our La Liga matchday 27 review:
La Liga Matchday 27 Results, Expected Goals & Highlights
Friday 6th March 2020
Alaves 1-1 Valencia (xG: 0.94-0.91)
Saturday 7th March 2020
Eibar 1-2 Mallorca (xG: 0.95-0.87)
Atletico Madrid 2-2 Sevilla (xG: 2.02-1.7)
Barcelona 1-0 Real Sociedad (xG: 2.12-0.52)
Getafe 0-0 Celta Vigo (xG: 1.19-0.18)
Sunday 8th March 2020
Osasuna 1-0 Espanyol (xG: 2.28-0.18)
Real Valladolid 1-4 Athletic Club (xG: 1.89-1.62)
Levante 1-1 Granada (xG: 1.32-1.18)
Villarreal 1-2 Leganes (xG: 2.33-1.75)
Real Betis 2-1 Real Madrid (xG: 1.34-1.41)
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Real Madrid knocked off top after Betis defeat
— Goal (@goal) March 8, 2020
Having claimed such a significant victory last weekend over Barcelona, Real Madrid failed to build on their Clasico win as a 2-1 defeat at Real Betis saw them surrender top spot once more. Cristian Tello’s late goal sealed victory for Betis who had a rare evening to enjoy in a difficult first campaign under Rubi.
This though was a major setback for Real Madrid who have immediately allowed Barcelona to seize the initiative in the title race once more. It has been the sort of campaign where it seems certain there will be plenty more dropped points from both sides with neither Madrid nor Barcelona looking capable of putting a long winning run together.
First away wins for Mallorca & Leganes
78′ | GOOOOOOOOOOOL del #RCDMallorca Take Kubo desde fuera del área anota el segundo del partido
— RCD Mallorca (@RCD_Mallorca) March 7, 2020
There were some really significant results at the bottom this weekend. It’s looking very bleak for Espanyol who were beaten at Osasuna while little else went their way. A Kubo-inspired Mallorca claimed a priceless 2-1 victory at Eibar, a result which also sucked the Basques back into the relegation mix.
Meanwhile Leganes caused a real shock by beating Villarreal 2-1 away with Oscar Rodriguez, another Real Madrid loanee, scoring both goals. The first of which was another screamer from the young midfielder.
Atleti & Sevilla draw as race for the top 4 heats up
FT: Atlético?⚪ 2-2 Sevilla?
After a frantic first half that saw 3 goals in the final 13 minutes, neither side pull clear after HT and the spoils are shared ?
— La Liga Lowdown ???⚽️ (@LaLigaLowdown) March 7, 2020
The key game in the race for Champions League qualification this weekend took place at the Wanda Metropolitano. It saw Atletico Madrid and Sevilla play out a 2-2 draw with all the goals coming before the break. Luuk de Jong and Lucas Ocampos were on target for the visitors who claim a valuable point that keeps them in 3rd place. However there does look to be five teams competing for the final two Champions League places with Getafe, Real Sociedad and Valencia also in the mix.
La Liga Matchday 27 in Numbers
- Mallorca and Leganes both claimed their 1st away league wins of the season.
- Athletic Club claimed only their 2nd away win of the season in La Liga, winning 4-1 at Real Valladolid.
- After beating Real Sociedad, Barcelona have now claimed 40 home points this season, 9 more than any other team.
- That victory was Barca’s 20th consecutive home win over Real Sociedad in all competitions.
- Atleti’s 2-2 draw with Sevilla was the 4th consecutive draw between the sides.
There’s one midweek game in La Liga as Real Sociedad travel to Eibar for their rearranged derby clash on Tuesday. We will also have match previews for the four European games involving Spanish sides this week which includes Atletico Madrid’s trip to Anfield. We’ll be back with previews for all the weekend La Liga games too including the Seville derby next Sunday evening.