La Liga – Matchday 18

With Real Madrid and Barcelona back from the Super Cup, things are heating up in La Liga, everything points to a two-horse race for the title. Or can La Real make an impressive run and become champions?


20.1.2023Mallorca1Celta Vigo0
21.1.2023Rayo Vallecano0Real Sociedad2
21.1.2023Espanyol1Real Betis0
21.1.2023Atletico Madrid3Valladolid0
22.1.2023Athletic Club0Real Madrid2

The round started with another Mallorca win, making it 4 wins in the last 6 games for them. This time they’ve beaten Celta Vigo, 1-0. Real Sociedad continued their impressive run, with another win, this time against Iraola’s Rayo. Simeone’s Atletico are also back to winning ways, as they down relegation candidate, Valladolid, 3-0. Griezmann continued his great form, as he bagged the man of the match award. Sevilla is also showing signs of improvement, as they beat Cadiz. Still a long way to go for them though.

Barcelona did not have it easy against Getafe, however they did manage to win after a nicely taken Pedri goal after a Raphinha assist. Fellow title contenders, Real Madrid also managed to capitulate on their mid-week success against Villareal, beating Basque giants, Athletic Club at the San Mames in a very tricky game. It was Benzema and Toni Kroos who scored for Madrid.


1Barcelona17142136 : 644
2Real Madrid17132238 : 1641
3Real Sociedad18122428 : 1838
4Atletico Madrid1894527 : 1631
5Villarreal1894521 : 1331
6Real Betis1784519 : 1428
7Osasuna1884618 : 1728
8Athletic Club1875625 : 1926
9Rayo Vallecano1875624 : 2226
10Mallorca1874715 : 1625
11Girona1856726 : 2821
12Valencia1755725 : 2020
13Espanyol1848622 : 2620
14Almeria1854920 : 2819
15Sevilla1846818 : 2618
16Getafe1845916 : 2517
17Celta Vigo1845917 : 2917
18Valladolid18521113 : 2817
19Cadiz1837812 : 2916
20Elche18061212 : 366

Barcelona are still first, same amount of matches played as Real Madrid, but with 3 points ahead of their rivals. La Real are 3rd, 3 points behind Madrid, but with an extra game played. Atletico Madrid is 4th, same amount of points as Villareal, 31. Athletic Club sinks to 8th, Valencia are 12th, while Sevilla are still close to the relegation zone, being 15th.

Elche are last, only having gather 6 points in 18 matches. One position above them, on 16 points we have Cadiz. Valladolid, Celta and Getafe are all on 17 points, just one point behind the aforementioned Sevilla.

Team of the Week

Familiar french faces, as both Griezmann and Benzema make the team of the week this round. Griezzy is joined by team-mate Molina. Villareal and Sevilla also give two players each, as the Yellow Submarine provides Pau Torres and Dani Parejo, while Sevilla is in with Rakitic and Torres. In goal we have Gazzaniga.

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