Fine margins during matchday 23 of #RevistaPredictor

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Last Updated: 12/02/18 7:40am

Highlights of the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Real Sociedad

Matchday 23 of the #RevistaPredictor was decided by tight margins. David Garrido rounds up the chosen trio of games.

One more goal in one game and one fewer goal in another, and I could be second in the standings. But no, I'm two points off bottom place. That's how tough this game is.

MATCH 1 - LEGANES 0-1 EIBAR

89 minutes gone, and I'm staring at 10 points for the 0-0 result I predicted at Butarque, and so is Kevin Keatings. But then Ivan Ramis pops up to win the game from Eibar and sweep all those points away, and instead give four to David Phillips for an exactly correct scoreline.

That's what utter frustration feels like. Not if you're an Eibar fan though - they are still very much the gift that keeps on giving in La Liga, and they are still very much in the race for the Europa League, especially with fifth-placed Villarreal beaten by Eibar's not-that-much-bigger brothers Alaves.

Jose Luis Mendilibar is a miracle-worker, and so, to be fair, is Asier Garitano at Leganes, but perhaps it was to be expected that they would lack a bit of energy after their exciting run to the Copa del Rey semi-finals. But 11 points above the bottom three with a game in hand is all that matters to little Lega who are still mega.

MATCH 2 - REAL MADRID 5-2 REAL SOCIEDAD

We knew there would be goals in this one, and that Real Sociedad would probably be on the receiving end, not that anyone predicted five from the champions - including a Ronaldo hat-trick. And no-one picked Lucas Vazquez to open the scoring in the first minute - three of us went for Gareth Bale who was on the bench instead.

Highlights of the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Real Sociedad

At least we all got a point for a home win though and it's a useful boost of confidence for Zinedine Zidane's side ahead of the visit of Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday. Question is, will he leave Bale on the bench again and go 4-4-2, with Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio on the flanks? You can't see it - if the BBC are fit, the BBC play, even if Karim Benzema got whistled after failing to score again.

For Real Sociedad, they've conceded 33 goals on their last eight trips to the Bernabeu, so they were probably fearing the worst, but Eusebio still has plenty of work to do to turn this season around. Now the Europa League campaign restarts, with Red Bull Salzburg coming to Anoeta on Thursday.

MATCH 3 - SEVILLA 1-0 GIRONA

There were another four points here to David Phillips for another spot-on scoreline, with Pablo Sarabia getting the only goal of the game - again, picked by precisely no-one. Jon Driscoll also picks up a point for forecasting a home victory and it's a vital one for Sevilla to stop them from slipping out of the European places.

The real hero from this game though was Sergio Rico, stopping an Aday penalty and also pulling off a string of other saves to keep his sheet clean for the tenth time this season. Girona can't be too disheartened by this result, especially after picking up eight points from their previous four games.

They remain in a tight mid-table pack, and have probably done enough already to guarantee a second season ever in La Liga, this being their first. Relief for Vincenzo Montella, whereas Pablo Machin's side are back in action on Friday at home to Leganes.

Again David Phillips is in a good run of form - having propped up the experts' table for weeks, he's now challenging for second place...

In terms of the Twitter audience, there were two standout performances:

@LaLigaGav got nine points - all three match outcomes were right, and he predicted that Pablo Sarabia would score first at the Sanchez Pizjuan. It was the same tally for @AlLaLiga after he got the correct scoreline at Butarque and in the Sevilla-Girona game, plus he got a point for the Real Madrid win.

We'll be back for more on Matchday 24, and you can find out which three La Liga games we pick for the #RevistaPredictor on our Twitter, @SkyRevista, on Friday.