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Europe and relegation on agenda on matchday 31 in Spain

La Liga: Europe and relegation on agenda on matchday 

The weekend begins with two Andalusian derbies with fourth- placed Sevilla at home to fifth from nethermost Granada on Friday night. Sevilla’s 1-0 defeat to Barcelona effectively ended their title expedients and extended their winless game to four games in which they've taken just three points to pile the pressure on trainer Julen Lopetegui. Saturday’s first match sees a extensively bettered Cadiz at home to fifth- placed Betis. 

Europe and relegation on agenda on matchday 31 in Spain


Madrid, April 7 (IANS) The 31st round of matches in La Liga sees the battle to qualify for Europa and also to avoid the drop consolidate with several crucial matches. 


 The appearance of Sergio Gonzalez at Cadiz has seen them claim 14 points in 10 matches, with just two defeats in that time, to lift them out of the nethermost three, although they're still only two points above the drop zone. 

 

 Betis, meanwhile, need a palm to move to within a point of Sevilla and have a chance of playing in coming season’s Titleholders League. League leaders Real Madrid entertain Getafe on Saturday, and Carlo Ancelotti’s men have recovered their morale after a 3-1 win away to Chelsea in the Titleholders League. Karim Benzema formerly again showed how important he's with a chapeau- trick in midweek and with a 12- point lead over Barcelona and Sevilla, Ancelotti must be tempted to rest Benzema and others against a rival six points clear of the nethermost three. 


 Atletico Madrid prepare for coming week’s Titleholders League quarter-final return leg at home to Manchester City with a visit to Mallorca, who are now counseled by former Atletico master Javier Aguirre. 

 

 Atletico have won their last six league matches, while Mallorca have lost their last seven, despite perfecting in defense in Aguirre’s last weekend in Getafe. 


 Europe is veritably much on the docket when seventh- placed Villarreal take on eighth- placed Athletic Club Bilbao in the Estadio de la Ceramica, reports Xinhua. 

 

 Villarreal were excellent in their 1-0 palm over Bayern Munich on Wednesday night, but with little recovery time and the return in Germany coming Tuesday, trainer Unai Emery will have to consider serious team reels ( especially without the suspended Pau Torres) and Villarreal’s record on either side of European games shows they tend to drop league points when also playing midweek European football. 


 Alternate- placed Barcelona trip to Levante, who climbed off the bottom of the table last weekend with an emotional 2-0 palm at home to Villarreal. Barcelona have to recover from Thursday’s Europa League visit to Frankfurt, while Levante will formerly again look to some magic from captain Jose Luis Morales to try and keep their slim survival hopes alive. 

 

 Julio Velazquez came Alaves’third trainer of the season following Jose Luis Mendilibar’s sacking before this week and he makes his debut with La Liga’s bottom club with a short trip to play an Osasuna side that requirements to ameliorate after last weekend’s 4-1 thrashing by Betis. 


 Espanyol entertain Celta in amid-table clash between two sides with little to play for before Elche take on Real Sociedad. 

 

 Elche’s 2-1 defeat in Bilbao last weekend means they still have work to do to secure their top-flight striker and they will be without top- arranger Lucas Boye to admit the side presently sixth in the table. 


 The last game of the round is on Monday night when Rayo Vallecano entertain Valencia, with the home side looking to end a run of 11 league games without a palm. 


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