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La Liga Roundup after Matchday 18

La Liga Roundup - How Messi and Suárez have embarrassed Real AND Atlético

January 7, 2019 By Oscar Rojas
Los Blaugranas extended their lead at the top of the Spanish top flight, but there's more to talk about after this weekend's games.

Each and everyone of the teams in La Liga has played 18 games now, with Barcelona unsurprisingly leading the pack. What really stands out is that Los Blaugranas did not have the best start of the season, but ended up finding the way to make their opponents surrender time and time again.

Furthermore, the partnership between Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez has been quite productive in the ongoing season, with both footballers leading the goalscoring charts. Their antics have seen them sending the ball to the back of the net 28 times, which is something that only three other teams have been capable of doing.

In fact, Messi's influence in the team's performance has also eclipsed the entire goalscoring haul accomplished by Real Madrid and Atlético, as these numbers below will show.

Pichichi race

In the early weeks of the season, Christian Stuani was the man calling the shots in the Spanish top flight. Now, Messi and Suárez have taken over, with no sign of them being interested in stopping.

La Liga standings after 18 games

Barcelona is now five points above Atlético, with Sevilla and Alavés completing the tournament's top four. Regarding Real Madrid, their season seems to be going nowhere, even with Solari's appointment. Will Los Blancos end the competition away from Champions League spots?

 

Pos.TeamMPWDLGFGAGDPForm
1 Barcelona 20 13 4 3 50 23 +27 43 WDWDD
2 Real Madrid 20 12 7 1 38 13 +25 43 WWDDD
3 Atlético Madrid 20 9 8 3 22 14 +8 35 LWWWD
4 Sevilla 20 10 5 5 25 20 +5 35 LDWLD
5 Getafe 20 9 6 5 29 20 +9 33 WLLWW
6 Real Sociedad 20 9 4 7 33 28 +5 31 LLWDD
7 Valencia 20 8 7 5 30 29 +1 31 LWDDW
8 Athletic Club 20 7 9 4 21 14 +7 30 DDDDL
9 Villarreal 20 8 4 8 34 28 +6 28 LWWWD
10 Granada 20 8 3 9 25 26 -1 27 LWLLW
11 Real Betis 20 7 6 7 29 32 -3 27 WDLDW
12 Levante 20 8 2 10 26 30 -4 26 LLWWL
13 Osasuna 20 5 10 5 26 25 +1 25 DDLLD
14 Deportivo Alavés 20 6 5 9 21 29 -8 23 WDLDL
15 Real Valladolid 20 4 10 6 17 23 -6 22 DDDLD
16 Eibar 20 6 4 10 20 29 -9 22 WLWDL
17 Mallorca 20 5 3 12 22 34 -12 18 WLLDL
18 Celta de Vigo 20 3 7 10 17 30 -13 16 DDLDL
19 Leganés 20 3 5 12 16 33 -17 14 LDWDW
20 Espanyol 20 3 5 12 16 37 -21 14 WDLDL
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