La Liga – Matchday 20

Real Madrid drop even more points, as Barcelona sprint ahead. Exciting matchday in sunny Spain, for La Liga’s 20th matchday!


3.2.2023Athletic Club4Cadiz1
4.2.2023Atletico Madrid1Getafe1
4.2.2023Real Betis3Celta Vigo4
5.2.2023Mallorca1Real Madrid0
5.2.2023Real Sociedad0Valladolid1
6.2.2023Rayo Vallecano2Almeria0

The round kicked off with Athetlic versus Cadiz and the Basque team managed to win 4-1. This comes after 3 straight losses, so it is a welcome results for Ernesto Valverde and co. Speaking of former Barcelona managers, Villareal were not quite so lucky, as they have lost again, this time to last placed Elche. Atletico Madrid only got a point versus Getafe, while Real Betis lost at home to Celta Vigo.

Real Madrid played early afternoon on Sunday and they did not get the result they wanted against Mallorca. In fact they lost, 1-0, in another controversial match, due to racist abuse being thrown at Vini Jr. La Liga is investigating, whatever that means. Real Sociedad also lost, at home to Valladolid. Barcelona played Sevilla on Sunday night and they grabbed another 3 points, beating the Andalusians, 3-0.


1Barcelona20172142 : 753
2Real Madrid20143340 : 1745
3Real Sociedad20123528 : 1939
4Atletico Madrid20105529 : 1735
5Rayo Vallecano2095627 : 2232
6Villarreal2094722 : 1731
7Real Betis2094724 : 2031
8Athletic Club2085729 : 2129
9Osasuna2085719 : 1929
10Mallorca2084816 : 1828
11Girona2066827 : 2924
12Celta Vigo2065922 : 3223
13Valladolid20721115 : 2823
14Almeria20641023 : 3122
15Espanyol2049724 : 3021
16Sevilla2056921 : 2921
17Valencia20551025 : 2420
18Cadiz2047915 : 3319
19Getafe20461017 : 2718
20Elche20161315 : 409

These results put Barcelona firmly at the top of La Liga, with an eight points advantage over their rivals. Also worth noting that Real Madrid are getting their next round match delayed, due to the Club World Cup. Real Sociedad are a further 5 points behind. Atletico are 4th, with Iraola’s Rayo sitting 5th, in front of Villareal, Athetlic and Real Betis.

Despite their grand win, Elche are still looking quite hopeless, they are last with only 9 points. It’s very close above 20th placed, as Getafe are on 18, Cadiz on 19, Valencia(!!!) on 20 and the list goes on with Sevilla, Espanyol, Almeria, Valladolid, Celta and even Girona being in danger.

Team of the week

The star of the round is Elche striker, Milla, with a 9.0. Quite a few teams with two players, as we have Jordi Alba and Raphinha from Barcelona, Sancet and Alvarez from Bilbao, Larsen and Veiga from Celta and Garcia plus Bueno from Girona. Dimitrevski is the goalkeeper from Rayo.