CD Lugo (7) – Elche (13)
Elche have won just once since the turn of the year and won’t relish the prospect of a cross-country trip to face Lugo, who sit just two points short of the playoff places. The Galicians have won three of their last five at home and will look to LaLiga 1l2l3’s top scorer Joselu for goals against the division’s second-leakiest defence.
UCAM Murcia CF (18) – R. Valladolid CF (9)
UCAM have gone unbeaten in their last five league games under Francisco Rodrigo Vilchez to move out of the relegation zone and will be optimistic heading into their clash with Valladolid on Saturday afternoon. The visitors have lost five of their last seven on the road and have dropped out of the playoff spots in recent weeks.
Nastic (22) – CD Numancia (8)
Resurgent Numancia have recovered from their poor start to the season to win five of their last seven and now find themselves just two points behind Oviedo in the last of the hotly-contested playoff spots. Nastic, meanwhile, continue to struggle at the foot of the table with just one win since the end of the November. Juan Merino’s side have drawn more games than any other side in the division this season but need to start winning to climb out of trouble.
Levante UD (1) – Cordoba CF (19)
Levante continue to take LaLiga 1l2l3 by storm and head into Saturday’s match with Cordoba on a run of eight wins in their last nine. The Valencia side have racked up 55 points in just 25 games, the biggest points total recorded at this stage of the season since the introduction of three points for a win back in the early 1990s. Luis Carrion’s side, in contrast, have won just twice since September and won’t relish the prospect of facing the rampant league leaders who are unbeaten at home.
CD Tenerife (5) – UD Almeria (20)
Tenerife go into this game as hot favourites. Jose Luis Marti’s side are unbeaten at the Heliodoro Rodriguez Lopez in over a year while struggling Almeria are yet to win a game on the road all season. The home side will be without suspended centre-back Alberto Jimenez but will be confident of securing another three points to keep pace in the playoff race.
Girona FC (2) – RCD Mallorca (17)
Mallorca picked up a first win in five against fellow strugglers Rayo Vallecano last weekend but face a tough task as they travel to face high-flying Girona. The home side, who sit six points clear of Cadiz in second, are unbeaten at home all season and have won their last six games at Montilivi, scoring 15 goals in the process.
SD Huesca (12) – Sevilla Atletico (11)
Huesca snapped a six-game winless streak last weekend with a 2-0 win at Cordoba and will be hoping to gather momentum to climb back up the table as they welcome a Sevilla Atletico side who have failed to win any of their last seven away games. Breaking their recent run of bad form would be a big boost for the Andalusians, whose next two games are against runaway leaders Levante and Alcorcon who, despite their recent dip, boast one of the league’s strongest home records.
Cadiz CF (3) – CF Reus (10)
Cadiz come into Sunday’s game in a fine vein of form having won six of their last seven games at the Ramon de Carranza. Last weekend’s stoppage-time defeat at Getafe was only their second since November and Alvaro Cervera’s side will be confident of picking up a result against Reus, who have manged just one win in 2017.
Rayo Vallecano (16) – CD Mirandes (21)
A relegation six-pointer, Rayo midfielder Alex Moreno said this week that this game was ‘a final’ for both sides. Rayo have won just once all year and hover just one point above the relegation zone. Mirandes, meanwhile, sit second to bottom and travel to the capital on a six-game winless streak.
R. Oviedo (6) - R. Getafe CF (4)
Oviedo’s form has picked up since the start of the year; Fernando Hierro’s side have picked up four wins in their last five to climb back into the playoff spots. This weekend they go head-to-head with a direct promotion rival in the form of Getafe, who returned to winning ways against Cadiz last weekend after a run of four games without a win. Just two points separate the two sides in LaLiga 1l2l3’s tight promotion race.
AD Alcorcon (15) – R. Zaragoza (14)
Alcorcon and Zaragoza sit side-by-side in mid-table but just two and three points off the relegation zone respectively. The location of Sunday’s match could prove decisive; Julio Velazquez’s men have lost just twice at home all season while the Aragonese side have won just twice.© LaLiga - Year 2017