The 13th round of La Liga brings us two matches that can significantly change La Liga’s ranking. The first match, Atletico vs Barcelona, is essential for both teams to keep their chances of staying on top. The meeting is anyway a derby, but in the current context it becomes a very important match. All six top-ranked teams, including Real Madrid, have chances at the title.
With repeated “hiccups” from Real and Barcelona, Atletico and Sevilla have the chance to steal the title. If this is the case, it would be for the second time in the last 13 years when a team other than Real or Barcelona wins the title in Spain. In fact, over the last 20 years, only Atletico Madrid, Valencia and Deportivo La Coruna have managed to intervene in the continuous series of titles taken by Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Unfortunately, Valencia is in a clear drop in shape and has absolutely no chance of a decent ranking this season, and “Super Depor” relegated to the second league.
Surprisingly, Alaves and Espanyol have managed to climb in the league’s table, just above the Reals. However, it is unlikely to keep pace, so the battle will be between Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla.
Atletico vs Barcelona (live stream info included)
After an unexpected defeat in front of Betis, right on Camp Nou, Barcelona will try to wash the shame in Madrid. Realistically, Valverde’s band should hope for draw on Wanda Metropolitano. It remains to be seen if Valverde will recover Coutinho (injured), because Rakitic will be suspended. Otherwise, major squad problems exist for Diego Simeone, who has injured defenders and midfielders. The match is open to any result, none of the team being in the maximum form.
Sevilla vs Real Valladolid (live stream info included)
Valladolid stays on an incredible 7th place, right under Real Madrid, and Sevilla is in great need of victory in this match. If Atletico-Barcelona ends in a tie, Sevilla will be able to climb first if it wins this one. We could also watch a surprise: if Alaves defeats Leganes on Friday night, they will be leaders for at least one day. It is unlikely that Sevilla will not win on its own turf.
Eibar vs Real Madrid
In a clear comeback form, Real Madrid starts as favorite in the match against Eibar. The two teams are divided by just five points in the standings, an unlikely situation at the beginning of the season. Normally, Eibar can hope for a draw, but chances are pretty low. Real is after a series of 3 consecutive defeats, compensated with 2 consecutive wins in the last rounds.