Levante, Madrid CFF in battle royale as Alhama, Alaves clash in survival battle: Liga F Week 13 Preview
Battle lines have been drawn as third-placed Levante lock horns with fourth-placed Madrid CFF at the Ciudad Deportiva de Buñol - Campo 1 on Saturday night.
Levante have managed to claw back into the thick of things after an indifferent start to the season whilst the visitors have found their groove back after two successive defeats that derailed their good start to the season.
The teams, who are separated by a single point, have a player each vying for the golden boot. Levante forward Alba Redondo is on 11 goals whilst Madrid CFF forward Racheal Kundananji is on nine goals.
A win for Levante will temporarily take them to second position with Real Madrid inactive at the weekend due to continental football duties whilst a win for Madrid CFF will see them replace Levante in third position.
The teams have met nine times with Levante winning six, losing two and drawing one.
Meanwhile, Atlético Madrid have a chance to close the gap on log leaders Barcelona when they host Real Betis at the Centro Deportivo Alcalá de Henares on Saturday afternoon.
The Madrid side will be looking to bounce back from a 1-0 defeat at the hands of local rivals Real Madrid in a local derby last weekend.
The hosts have been struggling in front of goal after the injury to their top goal scorer Ludmila three weeks ago whilst Betis have been struggling for consistency.
A win for Atlético will move them to fourth if Madrid CFF lose to Levante whilst Betis have a chance to move up with a win.
The teams have met 12 times with Atlético winning nine and drawing the other three.
Struggling Levante Las Planas host fellow strugglers Villarreal on Saturday afternoon.
The hosts will be buoyed by their 1-0 win over UDG Tenerife last weekend as they seek maximum points against Villarreal whilst the visitors will be looking to bounce back from a 3-2 defeat to Sporting Huelva last weekend.
The hosts will be hoping that forwards Irina Uribe and Mari Paz will be at their best to cause problems for the visitors’ defence whilst Villarreal hope to continue with their goal scoring touch.
A win for the hosts will take them to 14 points whilst a win for Villarreal will take them above their opponents.
The teams have not met before.
Sevilla lock horns with Athletic Club at the Ramón Cisneros Palacios on Saturday evening.
The teams are separated by a single point and a win for the hosts will see them move up their opponents whilst a win for Athletic will see them in the top eight.
Sevilla lost to Alavés last weekend whilst Athletic lost to Real Betis and both teams will be looking to avoid dropping more points as they are not far from the relegation zone.
The teams have met 16 times with Athletic winning 11, losing three and drawing two, giving the visitors an upper hand going into this fixture.
Alavés will be hoping for maximum points when they clash with hosts Alhama CF ElPozo in a high stakes match at the Campo de Fútbol José María Soriano Muñoz on Saturday evening.
The visitors will be looking to continue with their current form in a bid to survive the chop having not lost in their last three games whilst Alhama have found the going tough in the top flight having managed a paltry three points in their last 12 games.
Alhama will be banking on experienced forward Jade Boho to steer them to a crucial win.
The teams have not met before.
Resurgent Sporting Huelva host struggling UDG Tenerife at the Campo Federativo de la Orden on Sunday afternoon.
The hosts have moved to eighth place after a decent run in their last three matches whilst Tenerife have continued with their poor run and run the risk of being relegated.
Huelva’s resolve was tested last weekend when they were down to 10 women but went on to win 3-2 over Villarreal whilst the visitors lost to minnows Las Planas to plunge their season further into abyss.
The teams have met 14 times with Tenerife winning six, losing three and drawing five.
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Fixtures (Saturday): Levante Las Planas vs Villarreal (12:00); Atletico Madrid vs Real Betis (12:30); Sevilla vs Athletic Club (16:00); Alhama CF ElPozo vs Alavés (18:15); Levante vs Madrid CFF (20:00)
Fixtures (Sunday): Sporting Huelva vs UDG Tenerife (12:00); Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad (Postponed); Valencia vs Barcelona (Postponed)
All times are Central European Time (CET)