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LaLigaWeekly On April - 28 - 2011

Relegation Battle Heating Up In Spain

Real Madrid's Pepe from Portugal is shown a red card by the referee during their semifinal first leg Champions League

The top of the table in La Liga is essentially sorted out as Barcelona should win their third straight league title, barring a massive collapse of epic proportions. At the other end, things aren’t so settled as eight clubs will be locked in a battle to stay up in the Primera with five games to go, and this would be a much more exciting soccer spread to wager on.

Almeria is dead last in the league with 26 points, so it’s likely that they’ll make their way back to the second division, while Osasuna and Hercules sit in the final two sports with 35 and 33 points, respectively. Within five points, there are Real Sociedad, Deportivo La Coruna, Getafe, Racing Santander, Malaga and Real Zaragoza, so this weekend’s matches should have an impact on the race. Here is a breakdown of this weekend’s fixtures:

 

  • Real Sociedad vs. Barcelona
  • Deportivo La Coruna vs. Atletico Madrid
  • Villarreal vs. Getafe
  • Racing Santander vs. Mallorca
  • Malaga vs. Hercules
  • Real Madrid vs. Real Zaragoza
  • Osasuna vs. Valencia
  • Almeria vs. Sevilla

Malaga-Hercules will definitely be a match to watch, and Hercules should kiss their hopes of staying up goodbye if they fail to pick up any points at Malaga, although they’ve only picked up nine points away from home this season.

Sociedad, Getafe and Osasuna will be up against three of the top four teams in Spain, and even at home, Sociedad and Osasuna are going to have their hands full picking up points. Zaragoza can do themselves a massive favor if they can take maximum points against a depressed Real Madrid, who just witnessed there manager and Champions League final hopes pretty much go up in smoke after losing 2-0  mid-week to the eternal nemesis FC Barcelona, with Portuguese Jose Mourinho and Pepe given marching orders from referee Wolfgang Stark .

While all of the attention in Spain midweek turned eyes to another meeting between Real Madrid and Barcelona, the third in three weeks and this time, in the big daddy of them all UEFA Champions League, you should turn your attention to the bottom of the table as there is a lot to play for in regards to staying in the top division, which means a lot of money. It should be a thrilling stretch run in La Liga and dont forget to follow the race for the Pichichi as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo lock horns in the stretch.

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