LaLiga is revelling in one of its greatest EVER title races with Atletico, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Sevilla separated by THREE points… but who will come out on top? Sportsmail breaks down the five-game run-in (and bravely picks out the champion!)
- The title race in LaLiga is going down to the wire with four teams still involved
- Atletico Madrid were in cruise control but have fallen back and are in danger
- Real Madrid, Barcelona and Sevilla all still hold title ambitions for the run-in
- Sportsmail looks at the remaining schedules – and even boldly picks the winner
Just as Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid try to turn their back on LaLiga and go chasing a new competition, the old domestic tournament is throwing up arguably its greatest ever title run-in.
There are just three points between the top four with five games left.
Barcelona have the game in hand, but it’s Sevilla that have the fitness. Real Madrid have the Champions League distraction but is that worse than Atletico Madrid’s nagging fear that they have thrown it away after leading for so long?
Sportsmail takes a look at where the points might be won or lost and picks a winner.
Panic is setting in at Atletico Madrid following a damaging defeat away to Athletic Bilbao
Barcelona’s Ronald Koeman (left), Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane (centre) and Sevilla’s Julen Lopetegui (right) are all determined to take advantage to go and win the 2020-21 LaLiga title
Points tally now – 73pts
Elche away. Elche are desperate for the points but they are down the bottom for a reason and this should be three points.
Barcelona away. This is the game that decides the season. It’s Luis Suarez against his old club. It’s Antoine Griezmann against his old club. Draw.
Home to Real Sociedad. A lot will depend on how fit David Silva is – Real Sociedad have only won two without him. Either way back at the Metropolitano Atletico should win this one.
Luis Suarez (left) and Antoine Griezmann (right) will face their former sides when Atletico face Barcelona and this is the game that is most likely to decide who wins LaLiga for 2020-21
Home to Osasuna. Playing against a team whose season is over, this ought to be a home win.
Away to Valladolid. The hosts might be playing for safety still. But one last push it should be three points for Simeone’s side.
Final tally – 86pts
Points tally now – 71pts
Home to Osasuna. Jagoba Arasate’s side have done well to pull away from trouble. This is a good game for Madrid to have between Chelsea games. Three points.
Home to Sevilla. The other major head to head of the run-in. How Julen Lopetegui would love to put one over Real Madrid. Form and fitness says Sevilla but Madrid have a habit of winning these do-or-die head-to-heads. Madrid win.
Real Madrid’s 0-0 draw with Real Betis could prove a damaging two points dropped in the race
Granada away. Granada will be safely ensconced in no-man’s land and ought be beatable. Three points.
Athletic away. The Basques’ last home game of the season. No fans obviously but still incentive enough to take two points off of Zidane’s team. Draw.
Home to Villarreal. Madrid ought to win this one in their own back yard. Villarreal might even have a Europa League final on their minds.
Final tally – 84pts
Points tally now – 71pts
Granada home. This is their game in hand. Home win.
Valencia away. Valencia can’t wait for the season to end. This should not be a problem. Away win.
Atletico home. This is the game that decides the season. It’s Suarez against his old club. It’s Griezmann against his old club. Draw.
Griezmann (left) and Lionel Messi (right) are clicking at a good time as Barcelona take control
Levante home. Levante have nothing to play for. This should be an away win.
Home to Celta. Another game against a team in mid-table, and at home too. Three points.
Eibar away. The hosts will already be relegated. Barcelona could barely wish for a better last fixture. Away win.
Final tally – 87pts (CHAMPIONS)
Points tally now – 70pts
Home to Athletic. No reason to believe the title charge will have a problem here. Three points.
Away to Real Madrid. The other major head to head of the run-in. How Lopetegui would love to put one over Real Madrid. Form and fitness says Sevilla but Madrid have a habit of winning these do-or-die head-to-heads. Madrid win.
Lopetegui would love to put a dent in Real Madrid’s title bid given his acrimonious exit there
Home to Valencia. A comfortable three points against a team who always struggle away.
Away to Villarreal. Tricky. Emery could hurt his former club here by taking two points off them. Draw
Home to Alaves. A winning finish at home with Alaves will be safe already perhaps.
Final tally – 80pts
The ifs buts and maybes…
Maybe this is being hard on Sevilla who have January signing Papu Gomez on top form in midfield, En-Nesyri scoring goals and Jules Kounde king of the immaculate interception.
They might takes something against Real Madrid but that wouldn’t change Barcelona being the eventual winners.
Barcelona v Atletico Madrid on May 8 will decide the title. If Atletico win it they would finish with 88 and win the league. If Barça stop that happening, it’s hard to see how they might drop points elsewhere.
Papu Gomez (left) was signed in January to help Sevilla dethrone their other title rivals
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