La Liga: Sevilla handed title boost

02 January 2022 18:52:29 CET
Julen Lopetegui's Sevilla are gradually improving

Real Madrid's shock 1-0 defeat at struggling Getafe on Sunday could well have blown La Liga's title race wide open, with second-place Sevilla looking to close the gap on the league leaders when they visit Cadiz on Monday.

That is one of three matches taking place in the Spanish top flight on Monday, all of which are available amongst the European Soccer Live Streaming Highlights and Julen Lopetegui's side could end the night just five points behind Real while still boasting a game in hand.

Sevilla emerging as Real's main title rivals

Sevilla have not been crowned La Liga champions since 1946, but under former Spain boss Lopetegui they have emerged as Real's most serious rivals for the title.

Those hopes have certainly been boosted by Los Blancos' loss to Getafe at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez, with Enes Unal's early strike handing the struggling hosts a much-needed victory in their fight against relegation.

It also inflicted a first defeat in 15 matches across all competitions on Carlo Ancelotti's side. Lopetegui will expect Sevilla to take full advantage of Real's slip up when they visit 19th-place Cadiz, who are without a league win since early November, although they did claim an unexpected goalless draw at the Bernabeu before the winter break.

Sevilla have only lost once in 11 matches in La Liga, but their record on the road is patchy, as they have won just three of their last eight top-flight matches away from the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

However, Los Nervionenses have won five matches on the spin, home or away, against Cadiz, and they can be backed at 13/20 to collect the three points from Nuevo Mirandilla on Monday in what will be an Andalusian derby.

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In-form Villarreal to boost European hopes

After a sticky start to the season domestically, Villarreal ended 2021 in fine form, winning five matches in a row across all competitions and scoring an eye-catching 20 goals.

That has moved Unai Emery's side back onto the cusp of La Liga's battle for the European places and they will fancy their chances of beating bottom of the table Levante at Estadio de la Ceramica on Monday, with the home win available at 4/11.

Levante are the only side in La Liga yet to register a league win, with their last success in the Spanish top flight coming at now relegated Eibar last April.

New head coach Alessio Lisci has picked up a win against lower league opposition in the Copa del Rey, but they have since been dumped out of that competition and have only taken one point from their three league games under the Italian.

With experienced duo Shkodran Mustafi and Roberto Soldado set to miss Monday's match through injury and suspension, respectively, it could well be a long evening for Levante, who are priced at 13/2 to register their first league win of the season at the 19th time of asking.

Draw specialists to meet at El Sadar

There will be very much a mid-table feel about the final meeting in the European Soccer Live Streaming Highlights which is Osasuna's meeting with Basque rivals Athletic Bilbao at El Sadar on Monday, with the two sides separated by just two points in the standings.

Draws have been the order of the day for both teams this season, with Osasuna having shared the spoils in three of their last four matches, while no team has picked up more La Liga draws than Bilbao's tally of nine.

The most recent meeting between the pair also ended all-square, while none of the last six clashes have been won by more than a one-goal margin - with the draw on Monday priced at 15/8.

A win for either side could kickstart a European challenge over the second half of the season, with Osasuna available at 12/5 to collect the three points, while a Bilbao success can be backed at 7/5.

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