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15 Feb 2018
FC Barcelona dropped points for the second straight matchday and suddenly the fight for the title is more open. Depor remain in a black hole and are already penultimate.

Unexpectedly FC Barcelona dropped two points in a goalless draw hosting Getafe CF, it’s the second straight draw for the Catalans and now the difference with second place Atlético Madrid is only of seven points, this after the Madrilenians seized an early goal to defeat Málaga CF on the road (0-1).

Valencia CF returned to winning ways and clinched the three points in a controversial match hosting Levante UD (3-1), while Real Madrid remain fourth after trashing Real Sociedad at the Bernabéu (5-2). Villarreal CF remain fallen and this time the Valencians were surprised by Alavés at home (1-2).

But the yellow submarine remains fifth despite Sevilla CF got a suffered victory over Girona FC (1-0). At the same time, SD Eibar are closer to Europe thanks to their 0-1 victory at CD Leganés. RC Celta missed a great chance to approach to the first places, because the Galicians dropped two points at the end of the game hosting RCD Espanyol (2-2).

The situation at the top of the standings:

place team points GF GA
1 Barcelona 59 60 11
2 Atlético  52 34 9
3 Valencia 43 45 27
4 Real Madrid 42 50 23
5 Villarreal 37 34 28
6 Sevilla 36 29 34
7 Eibar 35 32 34
8 Betis 33 38 45

Deportivo lost again, this time hosting Real Betis (0-1) and are now penultimate after UD Las Palmas added a point visiting Athletic Club (0-0). The last four places remain separated by seven points and the race for the permanence seems reserved for them.

The situation at the bottom of the standings:

place team points GF GA
16 Alavés 35 21 33
17 Levante 20 21 35
18 Las Palmas 18 17 50
19 Deportivo 17 24 52
20 Málaga 13 14 36

Leaders FC Barcelona visit a SD Eibar that have only lost one of the last ten games in the competition, while runners-up Atlético Madrid host an Athletic Club that have the exact same record, though the Basques can include a game in the Europa League to extend the record to one defeat in eleven official games.

A desperate Depor visit an Alavés that have won two straight meetings and that’s about to be out of reach for the Galicians. The matchday is completed with other seven games: Girona FC Vs. CD Leganés; UD Las Palmas Vs. Sevilla CF; Málaga CF Vs. Valencia CF; Real Sociedad Vs. Levante UD; RCD Espanyol Vs. Villarreal CF; Real Betis Vs. Real Madrid & Getafe CF Vs. RC Celta.



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