Barcelona could secure the 2018/19 LaLiga Santander title amid a midweek round of games packed with exciting battles up and down the table.
Last Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Real Sociedad kept Barça nine points clear of second-placed Atletico de Madrid with five games remaining. Three more points away at Alaves on Tuesday would leave Atletico needing at least a draw at home to Valencia on Wednesday to retain any hope of denying the Catalans a 26th LaLiga crown.
Lionel Messi and his side should be confident of a victory over Alaves at Mendizorrotza, as the Basque side’s hopes of European qualification have faded after taking just two points from their last five games. Atletico meanwhile face a very stiff task at the Wanda Metropolitano against a Valencia team who remain right in the hunt for the final Champions League qualification spot.
The midweek action begins on Tuesday afternoon with bottom club Huesca still dreaming of a miracle escape when welcoming an Eibar side without a win in their last 12 LaLiga away games.
Tuesday also sees 18th placed R. Valladolid looking to build on Friday’s 2-2 comeback draw at Alaves when they host Girona, who are themselves now just two points over the bottom three after five straight LaLiga defeats.
The action then moves to suburban Madrid where very strong at home Leganes host Athletic Club at Butarque, with the Basques hoping for better luck in the capital than Sunday’s 3-0 reverse at Real Madrid.
Wednesday evening sees mid-table Espanyol looking to extend their unbeaten LaLiga run to five games when they host RC Celta at the RCDE Stadium, with Iago Aspas and company having climbed out of the drop zone with Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Girona.
A Levante team right in the middle of the relegation battle after Sunday’s 2-2 draw at home to Espanyol travel to Real Betis in Wednesday’s later fixture.
Thursday’s schedule starts with Sevilla hoping to bounce back from Sunday’s 3-0 defeat at Getafe when hosting a Rayo Vallecano team still in 19th following Saturday’s 0-0 at home to Huesca.
Upwardly mobile Villarreal will be confident of getting a result at Real Sociedad on Thursday evening, having won on two of their last three LaLiga visits to Anoeta.
The midweek programme ends back in the Spanish capital’s suburbs where Getafe – back into fourth spot after Sunday’s superb victory at home to Sevilla – welcome neighbours Real Madrid for whom Karim Benzema has now scored each of their last eight LaLiga goals.