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17 Jan 2018
FC Barcelona remain unstoppable, the race for Europe is getting bigger, while five clubs seem condemned to fight for the permanence.

La Liga 2017/18 reached the midpoint with some surprising moments, but with a clear tendency. FC Barcelona remain as the dominating force and the only unbeaten side. They were down 2-0 at Real Sociedad early in the first half, but reacted in the second part to end winning 2-4.

The Catalans reach the midpoint with a nine-point gap with second place Atlético Madrid, side that also succeeded on the road: 0-1 at SD Eibar. Valencia CF are third and also won away from home: 1-2 win visiting Deportivo. These three clubs are now the main candidates to the title and to the first three places. The rest of la liga is divided in two groups: the sides aspiring to Europe and the ones fighting for the permanence.

The wagon of the clubs aspiring to Europe is large at this point: 12 clubs. And it’s that there are 12 clubs in a frame of 9 points, from fourth place Real Madrid (32) to fifteenth spot Real Sociedad (23). Real Madrid starred the big surprise of the matchday after losing at home before Villarreal CF (0-1).

The Madrilenians are still having a pending game, but they only won 9 times in the first round and are under a big pressure due to their poor results. Sevilla CF are also in crisis, this after losing again, this time visiting Alavés (1-0). Montella only spent two weeks on the bench and he is already under a big pressure.

Real Betis beat CD Leganés at home (3-2) and chained a third win in four games, they are now seventh. Getafe CF beat Málaga CF at home (1-0) and are only three points below the European zone. Same situation than Girona FC, side that clinched their biggest win so far: 6-0 over UD Las Palmas. RC Celta clinched a new victory, this time visiting Levante UD (0-1) and the Galicians are now only four points below the sixth place.

RCD Espanyol and Athletic Club drew 1-1 and remain among the big disappointments on the season, but at the same time both clubs remain close to Europe (five and four points respectively) and therefore are hoping to improve in the second round.

The situation at the top of the standings:

place team points GF GA
1 Barcelona 51 52 9
2 Atlético  42 28 8
3 Valencia 40 40 19
4 Real Madrid 32 32 17
5 Villarreal 31 26 21
6 Sevilla 29 23 28
7 Betis 27 33 36
8 Eibar 27 24 31

The first round ended with a clear picture at the bottom: 5 clubs will be the ones fighting for the permanence: Levante UD, Alavés, Deportivo, Málaga and UD Las Palmas. They are five points away from the European group and they are in a frame of seven points. The only club that hasn’t changed the coach yet is UD Levante and for now Juan Ramón López is not questioned.

The situation at the bottom of the standings:

place team points GF GA
16 Levante 18 15 26
17 Alavés 18 14 27
18 Deportivo 16 21 37
19 Málaga 11 13 33
20 Las Palmas 11 14 46

Not big surprises are expected in this matchday as the leaders are facing accessible meetings. FC Barcelona visit Real Betis, Atlético Madrid host Girona FC, Valencia CF visit last-place UD Las Palmas. Even Real Madrid have an accessible meeting as they host a lifeless Deportivo.

The matchday is completed with other six meetings: Getafe CF Vs. Athletic Club; RCD Espanyol Vs. Sevilla CF; Villarreal CF Vs. Levante UD; Alavés Vs. CD Leganés; Real Sociedad Vs. RC Celta and SD Eibar Vs Málaga CF.



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