La Liga Preview: Barcelona Hoping For More Good Fortune

La Liga leaders Barcelona will be looking for more good fortune when round 25 is played this coming weekend, especially as they face a challenging clash away to Sevilla. Catch it all on DStv and GOtv where you are guaranteed the best action from the Spanish top flight.

Barcelona’s lead at the top of the log is up to seven points, after securing a narrow 1-0 win at home to Real Valladolid last weekend. Lionel Messi scored the only goal from the penalty spot, taking his Liga tally for the season to 22 goals.

Ernesto Valverde’s team did not put in the most convincing performance at the Camp Nou (though it must be noted that they rested some key players ahead of their UEFA Champions League clash with Olympique Lyon this midweek) and will need to be far better when they head to Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Saturday evening.

Sevilla have struggled for form of late, coming into this clash on the back of a 3-0 loss away to Villarreal, but the hunger for revenge will burn bright for Pablo Mahcin’s team, as they notably suffered a 6-1 loss at the hands of Barca in the Copa del Rey at the end of last month.

DStv and GOtv viewers will also be keen to see Atletico Madrid in action. Diego Simeone’s side bounced back from their derby defeat against Real Madrid to overcome Rayo Vallecano 1-0 away (with Antoine Griezmann netting the only goal) and reclaim second place on the log.

They are at home to Villarreal – a side scrapping for their La Liga lives and fresh from a confidence-boosting 3-0 win over Sevilla last weekend – so Simeone will need to find a delicate balance in team selection, as the game comes soon after what is sure to be a draining encounter at home to Juventus in the UEFA Champions League.

Real Madrid’s roller-coaster season continued unabated last weekend when they dropped off second place thanks to a shock 2-1 loss at home to Girona (which also saw Sergio Ramos pick up a 25th red card in his career).

Manager Santiago Solari will back his team to win away to Levante at Estadio Ciudad de Valencia on Sunday, though the hosts will be fresh from an impressive 4-1 away win over Celta de Vigo last weekend which featured goals from Jose Luis Morales, Coke (two) and Borja Mayoral.

Other matches for DStv and GOtv viewers to keep an eye out for include Mubarak Wakaso’s Deportivo Alaves looking to push Celta closer to the relegation zone, Getafe can boost their bid for an unlikely top-four finish with a clash at home to Vallecano, and Girona (fresh from their surprise win at the Santiago Bernabeu) will hope for a similarly strong showing at home to Real Sociedad to wrap up the round on Monday night.

Key match stats

Sevilla v Barcelona – Head-to-head, all competitions

Matches played 60

Sevilla wins 12

Barcelona wins 37

Draws 11

Atletico Madrid v Villarreal – Head-to-head, all competitions

Matches played 35

Atletico wins 11

Villarreal wins 15

Draws 9

 

Levante v Real Madrid – Head-to-head, all competitions

Matches played 23

Levante wins 4

Madrid wins 16

Draws 3

 

La Liga fixtures, 22-25 February

All times are GMT

 

Friday 22 February

8pm Espanyol v Huesca LIVE on SS7, Max2 & SelGo4

 

Saturday 23 February

12:00pm Getafe v Rayo Vallecano LIVE on SS7, Max2 & SelGo4

3:15pm Sevilla v Barcelona LIVE on SS7, Max2 & SelGo4

5:30pm Deportivo Alaves v Celta de Vigo LIVE on SS7/SS10, Max2/Max360 & SelGo2

7:45pm Athletic Bilbao v Eibar LIVE on SS7, Max2 & SelGo4

 

Sunday 24 February

11am Leganes v Valencia LIVE on SS7/SS10, Max360 & SelGo2/SelGo4

3:15pm Atletico Madrid v Villarreal LIVE on SS7 & SelGo4

5:30pm Real Valladolid v Real Betis LIVE on SS7, Max2 & SelGo4

7:45pm Levante v Real Madrid LIVE on SS7 & SelGo4

 

Monday 25 February

8pm Girona v Real Sociedad LIVE on SS7 & SelGo4

epa07332380 FC Barcelona’s forward Leo Messi (R) vies for the ball Sevilla’s midfielder Roque Mesa during the Spanish King’s Cup quarter final second leg match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at Camp Nou stadium in Seville, Andalusia, Spain, 30 January 2019. EPA/Enric Fontcuberta

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