La Liga Week 30 preview: Real Madrid-Barcelona title duel heating up


Once again it’s all eyes on the title race in the Spanish Primera Division in the next few weeks as the gap between Real Madrid and Barcelona is narrowed down to six points with 10 games to go, including an impending Clasico. Meanwhile the battle for European football gets hotter and hotter and things get tighter at the bottom of the table.

Both Madrid and Barcelona have rather tricky ties this weekend with Jose Mourinho’s men lining up against Real Sociedad and the Blaugrana facing Mallorca.

Sociedad may have lost their last two games but Madrid’s biggest worry at the moment will not be their opponents but the loss of momentum the squad appears to have suffered having surrendered a one goal lead in the dying minutes to draw 1-1 in their last two matches.

Sergio Ramos, Mesut Ozil and Coach Mourinho as well as his assistant Rui Faria will all be missing Saturday’s match after they were each dismissed within three minutes during their side’s draw with Villarreal on Wednesday night as the pressure begins to pile on Los Blancos.

Barcelona, on the other hand, travel to the Iberostar Stadium to meet a Mallorca side which has lost just three of its last 10 matches and is steadily climbing up the table. Barcelona will be anxious to maintain the pressure on their fierce rivals but Los Bermellones are high in confidence having recently picked up points against Valencia and Atletico Madrid.

Valencia are in danger of letting third place slip from their hands and will be desperate to prevent the three point gap between themselves and fourth placed Levante narrowing as they play Getafe. Los Che suffered a humiliating 2-1 defeat to bottom club Real Zaragoza on Wednesday and a win this weekend is crucial for Unai Emery’s men.

Levante, who have Malaga breathing down their necks, face a difficult task in holding on to the final Champions League spot as they host Europa League hopefuls Osasuna on Sunday.

Malaga and Espanyol go head-to-head this weekend, a vital tie for both sides as they cannot afford to drop points at this crucial point in the battle for continental competition next season.

Athletic Bilbao and Atletico Madrid are looking to reinstate themselves as European candidates whilst playing a hand in the relegation fight with matches against Sporting Gijon and Real Zaragoza, respectively.

Villarreal, now four points clear of the relegation zone, have the opportunity to build on the point gained against Real Madrid and improve their chances of safety with a win over Rayo Vallecano on Sunday.

This weekend in La Liga is crucial for the majority of teams with title contenders, European candidates and relegation strugglers all locked in important battles which will help determine how they finish the season as we build up to an exciting climax to the season.

Saturday

17.00 Mallorca – Barcelona

19.00 Real Madrid – Real Sociedad

21.00 Getafe – Valencia

Sunday

11.00 Zaragoza – Atletico Madrid

15.00 Espanyol – Malaga

15.00 Levante – Osasuna

17.00 Athletic Bilbao – Sporting Gijon

18.45 Rayo Vallecano – Villarreal

18.45 Real Betis – Racing Santander

Monday

20.00 Granada – Sevilla

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