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La Liga weekend preview: Sevilla set for basement battle

There's a full programme of La Liga action this weekend and all eyes will be on the bottom of the table for an intriguing clash between Sevilla and Cadiz.

Round 18 of the campaign gets underway on Friday when Mallorca welcome Celta Vigo to the Visit Mallorca Estadi at 20:00. 

Four games take place on Saturday with the opening fixture, which features Rayo Vallecano and Real Sociedad, set to kick proceedings off at 13:00. 

Real Betis travel to Espanyol at 15:15 ahead of Atletico Madrid's home clash with Real Valladolid at 17:30. 

Relegation rivals Sevilla and Cadiz meet at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan with kick off scheduled for 20:00. 

Sunday sees four games take place with the opener at 13:00 between Villarreal and Girona, while Elche and Osasuna go head-to-head at 15:15. 

Barcelona will hope to strengthen their grip on top spot when Getafe visit at 17:30 and Real Madrid go to Athletic Bilbao at 20:00. 

Valencia and Almeria close out the round on Monday when they square off at the Mestalla at 20:00. 

Cadiz can claim spoils in relegation six-pointer

WhatSevilla v Cadiz
WhereEstadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Sevilla
When20:00, Saturday 21st January 2023
How to watchViaplay Sports 2, LaLigaTV & bet365's Sports Live Streaming
OddsSevilla 7/10, Draw 11/4, Cadiz 4/1

After finishing fourth in 2021/22, Sevilla have fallen off a cliff this campaign and it's starting to become clear that they are embroiled in a relegation scrap. 

Things were already looking a little uncertain when Julen Lopetegui was in charge, winning just one of their opening seven games, and it hasn't improved greatly since Jorge Sampaoli came in. 

They've won just two of the 10 games with Sampaoli at the helm and subsequently sit 19th with a two-point gap to safety. 

Cadiz are the side directly above them in the standings, one point better off, but their form appears to be heading in a better direction. 

Los Piratas have collected five points from the last nine available since returning after the mid-season break for the World Cup. 

That three game unbeaten streak has seen them move closer towards safety and renewed optimism surrounding their survival hopes. 

Cadiz, priced at 4/1 in the Full Time Result market, earned a draw at Sevilla last season and will be confident of going one better this time around. 

Sevilla have the second-worst home record in La Liga, winning just one of their eight fixtures, losing four and drawing three. 

It's also worth noting that Cadiz picked up a win in their most recent engagement on the road, beating Valencia 1-0. 

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Barca to seal another shutout

WhatBarcelona v Getafe
WhereNou Camp, Barcelona
When17:30, Sunday 22nd January 2023
How to watchViaplay Sports 1, LaLigaTV, bet365 Sports Live Streaming
OddsBarcelona 1/6, Draw 7/1, Getafe 14/1

Fresh from beating Real Madrid to lift the Spanish Super Cup, Barcelona's attention returns back to La Liga. 

They are sitting pretty at the top with a three point advantage over second-placed Real Madrid and there's little to suggest they are going to slip up against Getafe on Sunday. 

Barca boast a remarkable record at the Nou Camp, winning six and drawing two, while they've only conceded one goal. 

Getafe head to the Catalan capital with relegation firmly on their mind, sitting just one-point clear of the bottom three after successive losses. 

Scoring goals on the road has been a big problem for them, with just five clubs registering fewer than their tally of seven. 

That could be a major issue when it comes to trying to compete with a defensively sound Barcelona and a home Win to Nil looks the best option here at 8/13.

Basque trip could spell trouble for Real

WhatAthletic Bilbao v Real Madrid
WhereEstadio San Mames, Bilbao 
When20:00, Sunday 22nd January 2023
How to watchViaplay Sports 1, LaLigaTV, bet365 Sports Live Streaming
OddsAthletic Bilbao 19/10, Draw 12/5, Real Madrid 7/5

Real Madrid will be eager to bounce back from a 3-1 defeat against Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup final, however, they face a tricky trip to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday. 

Bilbao are pushing for a European berth and they welcome Real to the San Mames just two points shy of fourth-placed Atletico Madrid. 

The majority of Bilbao's points (17) have been picked up on home soil and they have the second best defensive record, after Barcelona, on their own patch with just four goals conceded. 

Real make the trip to the Basque region with a disappointing recent record on the road, losing two of their last three. 

Los Blancos fell to a 1-0 defeat when they last visited Bilbao in the quarter-finals of last season's Copa del Rey. 

Another Real loss could potentially be on the cards and Bilbao look good value at 19/10 in the Full Time Result market. 

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