Real Madrid enters Matchday 35 knowing three wins from their last four matches will see them crowned LaLiga champions. They host a free-falling Alaves side who have suffered five successive defeats, while second-placed Barcelona looks to keep pace at the top as they face bottom club Espanyol. Here are the key games:
Real Madrid vs Alaves (Friday, 9 pm)
Real Madrid extended their winning run to seven games with a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday. Sergio Ramos scored his fifth goal in seven matches, making him the league’s top scorer since the restart last month.
The table-toppers now need three wins from their last four games to secure the LaLiga title and will be hoping for victory as they host Alaves.
The visitors are 15th in the table having lost their last five games, scoring once and conceding 12 in the process. Sitting just above the relegation zone, Alaves will be looking for points to secure their LaLiga status. However, they have lost each of their three away matches against Real Madrid since returning to the division in 2016.
Barcelona vs Espanyol (Tomorrow, 9 pm)
After two successive draws saw them slip four points behind Real Madrid in the title race, Barcelona secured a good win against Villarreal in Matchday 34. Lionel Messi was again in fine form as he registered his 19th LaLiga assist of the season at El Madrigal, breaking his previous record of 18.
A victory for Barcelona tomorrow evening would see them move a point behind the leaders before they play on Friday night. Espanyol makes the short trip to Camp Nou for the Barcelona derby in desperate need of a victory in their battle to avoid relegation.
Sitting bottom of the table and 11 points from safety, the visitors require nothing less than maximum points. They secured a famous victory at Barcelona in 2009 but have lost each of their 10 visits in LaLiga since.
Celta Vigo vs Atletico Madrid (Tonight, 9 pm)
Three games without a win, including a 5-1 defeat to relegation rivals Mallorca, have seen Celta Vigo slip back to six points above the relegation zone. Knowing victory would all but guarantee survival, they host in-form Atletico Madrid tonight.
The visitors are unbeaten in their last 12 LaLiga matches, with five wins from their last seven. A 3-0 victory over Mallorca in Matchday 34 saw Atletico Madrid move to 62 points, keeping them ahead of fourth-placed Sevilla in the race for European qualification.
The home side got the better of this fixture last season, securing a 2-0 victory, but it remains their only win over Atletico Madrid in their last nine LaLiga meetings.