La Liga run-in: Real Madrid & Barcelona locked in title battle

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Once again, the two historic rivals will fight tooth and nail for the Spanish league title with Zinedine Zidane's men currently holding the edge

Real Madrid and Barcelona are set to go head to head in what has all the makings of a thrilling battle to be crowned champions of La Liga.

The two rivals are locked on 84 points each at the top of the table but Madrid have the edge due to the game in hand they will play in between the final two weekends of the campaign.

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There are also European spots and a relegation place to be decided over the next two weeks as 2016-17 draws to a close. Here is your complete guide to the Primera Division run-in as the season reaches its final stage.


LEAGUE TABLE


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Barcelona (CL) 36 26 6 4 108 34 +74 84
2 Real Madrid (CL) 35 26 6 3 96 39 +57 84
3 Atletico Madrid (CL) 36 22 8 6 66 25 +41 74
4 Sevilla (EL) 36 20 9 7 63 45 +18 69
5 Villarreal 36 18 9 9 53 32 +21 63
6 Athletic Club 36 19 5 12 51 39 +12 62
7 Real Sociedad 36 19 5 12 55 49 +6 62
8 Eibar 36 15 9 12 54 46 +8 54
9 Espanyol 36 14 11 11 47 48 -1 53
10 Alaves 36 13 12 11 37 41 -4 51
11 Malaga 36 12 9 15 47 51 -4 45
12 Celta Vigo 35 13 5 17 49 60 -11 44
13 Valencia 36 12 7 17 54 62 -8 43
14 Las Palmas 36 10 9 17 52 67 -15 39
15 Real Betis 36 10 7 19 38 61 -23 37
16 Leganes 36 8 9 19 34 53 -19 33
17 Deportivo 36 7 11 18 40 61 -21 32
18 Sporting Gijon 36 6 9 21 39 70 -31 27
19 Granada (R) 36 4 8 24 28 78 -50 20
20 Osasuna (R) 36 3 10 23 38 88 -50 19

Key: Champions League place; Europa League place; relegation zone. (CL) = Champions League place assured; (EL) = Europa League place assured; (R) = relegated.


THE TITLE RACE


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Barcelona currently lead Real Madrid at the summit on the strength of their head-to-head record, but Madrid can make top spot their own by winning their game in hand. That comes away from home against Celta Vigo on Wednesday, May 17.

Barca go away to Las Palmas (14th) before hosting Eibar (eighth), while in addition to their Celta (12th) clash Madrid have a home match against Sevilla (fourth) to navigate before concluding their campaign at Malaga (11th).


EUROPEAN QUALIFICATION


Villarreal La Liga

Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have all qualified for next season's Champions League, while Sevilla need one more point to ensure they join them over Villarreal . The team that finishes in fourth will have to play a two-legged play-off round tie to reach the group stage.

Villarreal currently occupy the first of two Europa League places, but Athletic Club and Real Sociedad are just a point behind them. Athletic are currently hanging on to the second spot as they have the head-to-head edge over Sociedad.

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There is a good chance, however, that all three will find themselves in Europe. If Barcelona beat Alaves in the Copa del Rey final, the Europa League place awarded to the winner of that competition will slide to the seventh-place team in La Liga.

Celta Vigo could also qualify for the Champions League by winning the Europa League. As they are not going to qualify for Europe domestically, Spain would have eight teams in continental competition next season.


RELEGATION


Sporting Gijon La Liga

Osasuna and Granada have been relegated and Sporting Gijon are also in deep trouble.

Sporting can catch both Deportivo and Leganes , but will need to win both of their remaining matches to have any chance of surviving. Both of those clubs can ensure their safety by picking up one more point, with Deportivo staying ahead of Sporting even if they both finished with 33 points due to their head-to-head record.


FIXTURES


Round 37:

Time (BST) Home Away Date
15:00 Espanyol Valencia Saturday, May 13
17:30 Osasuna Granada Saturday, May 13
15:00 Alaves Celta Vigo Sunday, May 14
19:00 Athletic Club Leganes Sunday, May 14
19:00 Real Betis Atletico Madrid Sunday, May 14
19:00 Eibar Sporting Gijon Sunday, May 14
19:00 Las Palmas Barcelona Sunday, May 14
19:00 Real Madrid Sevilla Sunday, May 14
19:00 Real Sociedad Malaga Sunday, May 14
19:00 Villarreal Deportivo Sunday, May 14
20:00 Celta Vigo Real Madrid Wednesday, May 17

Round 38:

Time (BST) Home Away Date
19:45 Granada Espanyol Friday, May 19
16:00 Deportivo Las Palmas Saturday, May 20
16:00 Sporting Gijon Real Betis Saturday, May 20
16:00 Leganes Alaves Saturday, May 20
15:45 Atletico Madrid Athletic Club Sunday, May 21
15:45 Celta Vigo Real Sociedad Sunday, May 21
15:45 Sevilla Osasuna Sunday, May 21
15:45 Valencia Villarreal Sunday, May 21
19:00 Barcelona Eibar Sunday, May 21
19:00 Malaga Real Madrid Sunday, May 21

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