MatchDay 32 in La Liga is now complete, and it was yet another positive round of fixtures for Real Madrid as they opened up a gap over Barcelona at the top of the table.
Madrid open up a 2 point gap on La Liga MatchDay 32
In the latest La Liga betting, Zidane’s Madrid side are now even shorter odds. The bookmakers now have them at just 1/3 to complete a remarkable comeback and snatch the title from stuttering Barca.
And the last thing that under fire Barcelona manager Quique Setién and his team currently need is a match against Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid, and that’s exactly what they’ve got tonight.
Atletico are on a roll as well, they’ve now won their last 4, and are surging up the table.
Simeone’s men were in the Europa League places when the league resumed, and they have now powered their way up to 3rd in the table, opening up a 6 point lead over 5th placed Getafe.
Champions League football now looks assured for Atletico, which is something that couldn’t have been said a month ago.
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MatchDay 33 could end up being a disaster for Barcelona. If they are to drop more points to Atletico, then it will be a tall order to overhaul Real with just 5 matches to go.
Madrid for their part are at home to 5th placed Getafe. Despite winning on Monday night (2-1 against Sociedad), Getafe’s form has been very patchy.
It was their first win since the resumption, but at the same time they’ve only lost 1 in the last 5.
Regardless of form, Real Madrid will be expecting nothing less than 3 points when the teams meet this Thursday.
All that Barcelona can really do at this stage of the season is keep winning, and keep the pressure on.
They’re now relying on Madrid making mistakes.
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Elsewhere in the table, Valencia’s miserable run continued, and it has cost Albert Celades his job.
Valencia have lost three of their last four, and have only won one of their last six.
Remarkably, they are only one place and 1 point from the Europa League spots. This is thanks mainly to Real Sociedad’s equally disastrous run of form of late.
The change of manager represents a last chance of getting Europa League football for the Valencians next season.
Down at the bottom, Celta Vigo’s impressive run of results – culminating with the weekend 2-2 draw with Barcelona – has seen them open up an eight point gap over the bottom 3.
They’re all cut adrift, in woeful form, and the writing already seems to be on the wall.