Real Madrid and Barcelona set for another huge La Liga weekend

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Just three fixtures remain in the race for the La Liga title. Nine points left to play for.

The business end of the season is well and truly upon us and the battle at the top of the table is still on a knife edge.

Real Madrid remain just two points behind Barcelona and any points dropped by either of them could be fatal to their chances of taking the trophy from Atletico Madrid, last season's deserved winners.

Barcelona kick off slightly earlier with a home game against David Moyes' Real Sociedad side. With little to play for except pride, La Real could proved to be difficult opponents, free of the pressures that either a relegation battle or European push brings.

Wins required

Not many managers can lay claim to doing the double over the Catalans but pre kick-off Moyes will find himself in exactly that position.

An alleged interest from West Ham aside, the Scot has done okay if not brilliantly whilst in Spain, and a result at Camp Nou would certainly enhance his credentials to any new employers.

Even a draw would significantly harm Barca's chances, so we are likely to see a free-flowing and open attacking game.


Should Barca take all three points, the pressure is then firmly placed on the shoulders of a Los Blancos side who have the unenviable task of entertaining Nuno Santo's superb Valencia side.

One or two results aside, this has been a strong season for Los Che and the Valencianistas can look forward to more of the same next season with Nuno already committing himself to the club.

Valencia are in desperate need of the points themselves. Prior to kick off, they remain just three points above Sevilla in the race for the final Champions League spot, therefore you can be assured as to just how seriously the visitors will take this assignment.

Carlo Ancelotti's Real have the second leg of their Champions League semi final against Juventus to think about and that may affect his selection for the Valencia game.

With Karim Benzema still struggling, he can ill afford to be tinkering too much.

Balancing act

At this stage of the season it's a real balancing act for both Luis Enrique and Ancelotti with neither assured of the destination of the title until potentially the last game of the season, again, if results decree the same.

This is Real's last real league test of the season whereas Barca still have to go the Vicente Calderon and get something from Atletico Madrid, a team who they haven't lost to this season, but couldn't beat during the last campaign.

Things are shaping up very nicely indeed...

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