Packed with some of the most skilled players in the world, La Liga has always been one of the most entertaining soccer leagues, but this year, it’s also one of the most competitive. With four matches remaining in the season, the top of the table are basically a dead-heat: Atlético Madrid leads the field with 76 points, Real Madrid and Barcelona are right behind with 74 points, and with 70 points, Sevilla still has a chance. We’ll have a better sense following the two huge games this weekend, but no matter the results, everything is set up for an incredible finish to La Liga.
To get you ready for this weekend’s games, here’s a quick look at where each team stands. To watch La Liga soccer on Sling, sign up for beIN Sports with the World Sports package using the link at the bottom of this page.
Remaining schedule: at Barcelona, vs. Real Sociedad, vs. Osasuna, at Real Valladolid
Odds to win La Liga: +160
What’s at stake? Atléti is seeking its first La Liga title since 2013-14, which would also be just the second since 1996. In September, they signed legendary striker and controversy magnet Luis Suárez to a two year contract, and it paid off: Suárez is fourth in La Liga scoring with 19 goals and Atlético has been atop the table for most of the season. However, they were upset by Cornellà, a third-tier team, early in the Copa del Rey and there’s a sense they’re just clinging to the lead down the final stretch. Atléti faces tremendous pressure to win Saturday’s game against Barcelona, but if they can overcome it and secure at least a point with a draw, the schedule lightens up, with two of their final three matches at home.
Remaining schedule: vs. Atlético Madrid, at Levante, vs. Celta Vigo, at Elbar
Odds to win La Liga: +140
What’s at stake? Standards and expectations are different in Barcelona, but given the drama around the team—hiring a new coach in Ronald Koeman, the resignation of team president Josep Maria Bartomeu, the speculation around Lionel Messi’s future with the club—it’s actually somewhat surprising they find themselves in position to win what would be their seventh La Liga title in the last 10 years. Oddsmakers have them as a slight favorite to win La Liga, and if they claim all 3 points against Atlético, they’ll be in first place with a favorable schedule over their final three matches. Bet against Lionel Messi at your own risk.
Remaining schedule: vs. Sevilla, at Granada, at Athletic Bilbao, vs. Villarreal
Odds to win La Liga: +250
What’s at stake? After winning last year’s La Liga title, sweeping El Clasico, and reaching the Champions League semifinals this week, Real Madrid looked to be playing with house money as they head into this weekend’s showdown with Sevilla. But there’s “monumental anger” in the locker room after Eden Hazard was seen joking with his former Chelsea teammates following Real Madrid’s Champions League elimination. We’ll see if it affects Zinedine Zidane's team down the stretch or if, much like Hazard’s performance in that game, it doesn’t have an impact.
Remaining schedule: at Real Madrid, vs. Valencia, at Villarreal, vs. Alaves
Odds to win La Liga: +5000
What’s at stake? A disappointing loss to Athletic Bilbao last weekend damaged Sevilla’s chances for the La Liga title, but there’s still a chance. If they can get a win over Real Madrid and Barcelona defeats Atlético, all four teams will be within 4 points with three games to go. In their finale, Sevilla hosts an Alaves team with the worst goal differential (-24) in La Liga, but they’ll also need wins over Valencia and Villarreal, the latter of which just qualified for the Europa League final. It will take a lot for Sevilla to claim the La Liga title, but if they do, they will have earned it.
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