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La Liga Matchday 38 live streaming preview - Title race goes down to the wire

Brendan O'Neill 20 May 2017

We are in for a thrilling weekend in La Liga as the Spanish title race is set to be decided on the final day of the campaign with Real Madrid and FC Barcelona both still in contention for glory. Watch and bet on the action from Spain live online.

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Barcelona v Eibar (Sun, 1900 BST)


FC Barcelona's fight to retain their La Liga title goes down to the wire on Sunday night when they face Eibar at the Camp Nou on the final day of the 2016/17 season.

This weekend's clash will be Barca manager Luis Enrique's last in charge at the stadium and though his team are in fine form with six league wins in a row, their fate is not in their own hands. 

Real Madrid's 4-1 win at Celta Vigo in midweek in their game in hand on the Catalans has lifted the capital side three points clear at the top of the table and Barcelona need the Whites to lose at Malaga on Sunday and beat the Basques in order for Enrique to sign off with his third consecutive league title.

The visitors, meanwhile, have been struggling for goals of late having failed to score for the fifth time in six games, losing 1-0 at home to Gijon last time out. They are assured of a top-half finish in the table though, and their players may have one eye on the beach with little to play for in this one.

Malaga v Real Madrid (Sun, 1900 BST)

Real Madrid are just one point away from winning their first La Liga title since 2012 as they head to La Rosaleda in Malaga on Sunday. Their 4-1 win over Celta Vigo on Wednesday night means they head into the final matchday of the campaign with a three point advantage over their arch rivals Barcelona and only need a draw to complete the first half of what could be a league and Champions League double winning season.

They go into the clash in high spirits after Cristiano Ronaldo broke yet another record in midweek beating Jimmy Greaves' 46-year European scoring record thanks to his double in the Whites win.

Ronaldo has now bagged more goals in the top five leagues in Europe than any other player (368) after surpassing former England striker Greaves tally of 366.

Madrid have won six straight going into the encounter but will be wary of the fact that Malaga beat Barcelona when they visited La Rosaleda on April 8.


Atletico Madrid v Athletic Club (Sun, 1545 BST)


Atletico Madrid wrap another sterling campaign, that saw them progress to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League and secure automatic qualification for next season's continental competition with a third placed finish in La Liga, at home to Bilbao on Sunday afternoon.

With a six point lead over fourth placed Sevilla, the pressure is off Atleti for this one, although Bilbao can ill afford to slip up as they are locked in a three-way battle with Villareal and Real Sociedad to finish in the top six places and secure a berth in the Europa League next term.

The Basques trail Villareal, who are away to Valencia, by just a point going into the game and are tied on 63 with Sociedad but boast a superior goal difference. La Real are away to Celta Vigo for their final fixture of the season.

Granada v Espanyol (Fri, 1945 BST)


Granada narrowly avoided relegation from the top flight last season, finishing only one point clear of the bottom three, so it really is no surprise that they are heading down to the second tier. Tony Adams’ side are bottom of the division, have collected just 20 points, scored the fewest goals in the league and conceded 80 times in 37 outings, and their form over the past couple of months has been nothing short of appalling.

Granada have lost 12 of their last 13 games in the top flight, collecting a solitary point when they held Deportivo to a goalless draw a month ago, and they go into this match on the back of a 2-1 defeat to Osasuna that saw them slump to the bottom of the table.

Espanyol may not have anything to play for on Friday night – their only real incentive could be to climb up the table a few more places – but you have to like their chances of leaving Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes with all three points. Their recent away form has seen them take seven points from their last three games on their travels and they should add to that haul with a win in their final outing of the 2016/17 campaign. They should win by a couple of goals too.

Sporting Gijon v Real Betis (Sat, 1600 BST)


Sporting Gijon will host Real Betis for their Matchday 38 clash on the back of a two-match winning streak, having beaten Las Palmas (1-0) and Eibar (0-1) in their last two outings, hoping to build on it and say their goodbyes to Primera in front of the home fans the best way possible. 

While they are just three points behind 17th placed Deportivo La Coruna (who will play Las Palmas on the final day), Rojiblancos hold no chances of Primera survival as they’ve lost both of their head-to-head encounters against Depor.

Real Betis travel to Gijon in a poor spell of form as their home draw against Atletico Madrid (1-1) has only ended their three-match losing streak. We’ve seen them suffer six losses in their last nine outings, with just two wins and a draw also on the record, and their woes on the road don’t promise an exit from such a streak soon enough.



Deportivo La Coruna v Las Palmas (Sat, 1800 BST)


Deportivo La Coruna host Las Palmas on Saturday evening coming into the match on the back of a goalless draw at Villarreal which has secured a Primera survival. They now look to build on it and bag all three points in front of the home fans.

Depor have struggled for points and consistency recently and we’ve seen them bag just one win in their last six outings, with two draws and three losses also on the record. However, with confidence taken from their draw at El Submarino Amarillo, we do feel they’ll now be able to return to the winning ways and outclass similarly struggling rivals.

Las Palmas haven’t been in immediate danger but they’ve suffered five losses in their last six outings, with just one draw (1-1 against Alaves) certainly not doing wonders for the team morale. They will also want to end the campaign with a win but we don’t see them causing an upset on the day and earning first away points since early March.


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