Spanish football returned this weekend with Barcelona and Real Madrid winning their matches comfortably and maintaining the fight for the La Liga title very animated. On the fight for the Champions League, it was Sevilla who came out on top at the end of the 28th round of the competition…

BIGGEST CLUBS IN SPAIN HAVE RETURNED WITH RECHARGED BATTERIES

On their debut matches after a long stoppage, Barcelona and Real Madrid have come into the pitch electrified and they quickly solved the matches in their favour.

Barcelona scored on the 2nd minute of the match in Mallorca, with Arturo Vidal responding to a cross to the box in the best possible way. Then, the Blaugrana side was able to control the match in an easier fashion and they would eventually increase the advantage before the half-time.

In the 2nd half, with Mallorca pushing up further searching for goals, the Catalan side would eventually score 2 more goals to seal a great 0-4 victory that opens up good perspectives for this end of the season.

On the case of Real Madrid, the Merengues have gotten off to an even better start, forging a 3-goals advantage in 37 minutes. Still, Zinedine Zidane didn’t like the 2nd half of the encounter where he saw his players relaxing and even conceding a goal, on a 3-1 victory.

This way, the two teams are still separated by 2 points, with Real Madrid having the advantage on the head-to-head matchup in case of a draw, which means in practice, Barcelona’s advantage is virtually only 1 point. Upon that, 1xbet continues to put Barcelona ahead on the market of 2019/20 champions of La Liga, with odds of 1.55, while Real Madrid is close with odds of around 1.90.

SEVILLA STROLLING TOWARDS THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

On the fight for the Champions League, only 1 of the 5 teams directly inserted on the fight for the 2 remaining spots was able to restart with a victory. Julen Lopetegui’s Sevilla won by 2-0 on the Sevilla derby and they took another step towards the 3rd place of La Liga.

With that victory, the Blaugrana side now has 3 more points than the 4th place Real Sociedad and 4 more points than the 5th and 6th Getafe and Atl. Madrid respectively.

Diego Simeone’s Atlético de Madrid dropped points again in the league by drawing at the San Mamés against Athletic Bilbao, that way getting their 4th draw on the last 5 rounds as well as their 13th in the league in 28 matches.

In practice, this means that “Los Colchoneros” have drawn in 42% of their encounters in the league and obviously that complicates their life in terms of the fight for the Champions League spots for 2020/21.

As for Sevilla, they now seem to be in the pole position to ensure the 3rd place of La Liga and they have a new opportunity of bettering their position this Monday when they visit Levante.

Going through a good moment of form, the bookmakers are offering odds of 1.61 for a Sevilla victory on the visit to Valencia to face a Levante that is a on a comfortable mid-table position.

ESPANYOL REIGNITE THEIR HOPES OF SURVIVAL

On the fight to avoid relegation, only the last place Espanyol managed to accomplish their objectives in this round by beating Alavés by 2-0 at home. Besides that, all of the other desperate teams were defeated, making the fight for survival even more exciting.

In another one of the crucial matches of the round in terms of the bottom spots of the standings, Valladolid managed to get a decisive victory away from home against Leganés, that way advancing to the 32 points – 7 more than Mallorca – while Leganés are now sunk in the last place of the league table alongside Espanyol with only 23 points conquered.

Right now, we have 5 teams separated by only 5 points fighting for the 2 spots that avoid relegation, which means more than half the clubs involved on this battle will end up dropping to the 2nd Spanish division next season.

A LOT OF ACTION COMING UP

Spanish football returned in full strength and after the end of the 28th round this Sunday, the 29th round kicks off this Monday already, with Levante vs Sevilla and Betis vs Granada.

Barcelona also re-enters the scene on Tuesday when they host the afflicted Leganés while Real Madrid will only play 2 days later on the reception to Valencia.

Football in La Liga is back and weeks with plenty of emotion are expected on the fight for the title, Champions League, Europa League and to avoid relegation and not even the absence of crowd should prevent us from watching very exciting matches until the end of the competition.

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