Madrid CFF aim to bounce back as Barcelona, Real play easy fixtures: Liga F Week 15 Preview

Madrid CFF aim to bounce back as Barcelona, Real play easy fixtures: Liga F Week 15 Preview
Madrid CFF forward Racheal Kundananji dribbles past a Real Sociedad player in a Liga F match played at Zubieta back in November / © Photo by Gari Garaialde / Getty Images

Madrid CFF will be looking to bounce back from their 4-0 drubbing by Real Madrid last weekend when they visit struggling Sevilla at the Ramón Cisneros Palacios on Sunday evening.

The visitors will be looking to end their two-match losing streak whilst Sevilla have been winless in their last five matches losing three matches and drawing the other two.

A win for Madrid CFF might see them break into the top four on condition that Atlético Madrid lose their match elsewhere whilst a loss for Sevilla will leave them in a precarious position as they are only two points above relegation zone.

The visitors will be hoping that leading forward Racheal Kundananji is going to be clinical in her finishing this time having been denied on several occasions last weekend and hitting the woodwork twice.

The teams have met 10 times with Sevilla winning seven, losing two and drawing one.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid will be looking to keep pressure on log leaders Barcelona when they host Real Betis at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on Sunday afternoon.

The Madrid side will be looking to build on their 4-0 drubbing of Madrid CFF last weekend whilst Betis cannot afford a defeat as they find themselves just three points above relegation.

Real Madrid will look up to top goal scorer Esther González and the evergreen midfield workhouse Caroline Weir for goals whilst Betis will be hoping that their defence has a plan to stop Real Madrid’s attacking threat.

The teams have met five times with Real Madrid winning three and drawing the other two, giving the hosts a favourable winning probability.

Second-placed Levante will be looking to maintain their place on the standings when they host struggling 10thplaced UDG Tenerife at the Ciudad Deportiva de Buñol - Campo 1 on Sunday afternoon.

The hosts are enjoying a good run of results as they fancy their chances to make their second appearance in the UEFA Women’s Champions League (UWCL).

Levante boast of current league top goal scorer Alba Redondo, who is on 13 goals, and are hoping she will once again be on fire to propel them to victory while cementing her position at the top of the goal scorers’ charts.

The teams have met 17 times in competitive matches with Levante winning 11, drawing two and losing four, giving the hosts a big probability of winning the match.

Sporting Huelva’s resolve will be tested when they welcome league leaders Barcelona at the Nuevo Colombino on Saturday afternoon.

Huelva have not lost a match in their last five outings and it will be seen whether they will be the first side to stop the visitors’ 100% run.

On the other hand, a win for Barcelona will mean that they get to consolidate their place at the top as the title race hots up with the chasing pack collecting maximum points consistently.

Barcelona have found a reliable goal scorer in former Villarreal forward Salma Paralluelo who has been scoring for fun for the defending champions. The Catalan side also boast of a compact midfield comprising of Patri Guijarro, Aitana Bonmatí and Keira Walsh. Super sub Bruna Vilamala will also be looking forward to replicating her midweek Copa De La Reina form that saw her score a hattrick. Huelva, on the other hand, will be looking up to attacking players such as defender Patri Ojeda for defensive duties and forward Cristina Gey for goals in their quest to avoid relegation.

The teams met 24 times in competitive matches with Barcelona winning 20, losing two and drawing the other two.

An inconsistent Real Sociedad will be looking to make it two wins in a row when they date Valencia at the Estadio Antonio Puchades on Sunday afternoon.

Valencia, who are only four points above relegation, have lost all their last four matches and will be hoping for a change in fortunes against a Sociedad side that has been blowing hot and cold this season.

On the other hand, a win for Sociedad will be crucial as it takes them to 25 points and could go above Madrid CFF if the latter lose elsewhere.

The visitors will be looking up to forwards Amaiur Sarriegi, Gaby Garcia and Synne Jensen for goals whilst Valencia will be banking on forward Fiamma Iannuzzi to steer them to victory.

The teams have met 23 times with Real Sociedad winning 10, drawing six and losing the other seven.

Alavés will be looking to build on their 4-1 win over Valencia last weekend when they face Levante Las Planas at the Camp Municipal Les Planes on Saturday afternoon.

The two teams are tied on 12 points and a win for either side will be a major boost in their fight against relegation as both are just a point above relegation.

The visitors will be looking up to forwards Elba Verges and Sanadri for goals whilst the hosts will be banking on the experience of forward Mari Paz and her striking partner Irina Uribe.

Las Planas will be missing the services of midfielder Nerea Gantxegi who received a red card last weekend after receiving her second yellow against Athletic Club.

The teams have not met before and this match will be an opportunity for either side to create history.

A top three finish is the target as Atlético Madrid host Villarreal at the Centro Deportivo Alcalá de Henares on Saturday afternoon.

The Madrid side will rely on forward Marta Cardona for goals after a long-term knee injury to Ludmila. On the other hand, Villarreal — who find themselves in the relegation zone after last weekend’s matches and need nothing short of maximum points in their fight for survival — will be pinning their hopes on forward Sheila Guijarro for goals.

The teams have met twice with Atlético winning both matches with a clean sheet and they will look to maintain that record.

Bottom-placed Alhama CF ElPozo will be looking to collect maximum points to resurrect their faint hope of surviving relegation when they host Athletic Club at the Campo de Fútbol José María Soriano Muñoz on Sunday afternoon.

Alhama have won just two matches out of the 14 matches they played so far whilst Athletic Club’s current campaign has been marred by inconsistency.

The hosts will be looking up to forwards Raquel Pinel and Kuki for goals whilst the visitors have midfielder Clara Pinedo to look up to for goals.

The two teams have not met before.

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Fixtures (Saturday): Sporting Huelva vs Barcelona (12:00); Levante Las Planas vs Alavés (12:00); Atlético Madrid vs Villarreal (16:00)

Fixtures (Sunday): Alhama CF ElPozo vs Athletic Club (12:00); Valencia vs Real Sociedad (12:00); Levante vs UDG Tenerife (12:00); Real Madrid vs Real Betis (16:00); Sevilla vs Madrid CFF (18:00)

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