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Málaga - Sporting 8.30pm Friday

South coast v North coast, 1000km and 9 points separate the sides, with the lads from Gijón deep in the relegation battle. Sporting last picked up a point away to Betis on the 20th February and why can’t they travel to the south coast and get something. AS prediction: Draw

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Barcelona - Getafe 4pm Saturday

Barcelona’s front three score goals for fun. Well they also score them for pots of cash, but it seems they mostly do it for fun. They will too against Getafe, who are unlikely to trouble the league leader's goal in the Camp Nou. AS prediction: Barcelona win

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Celta - Real Sociedad 6.15pm Saturday

Seven goals against, even at the Bernabéu, have to sting. Expect a reaction from the Galicians. AS prediction: Celta win

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Atleti - Depor 8.30pm Saturday

Can Cholo Simeone’s side hang on to the title fight by their fingernails? They can’t afford to drop any points, and are playing at home, potentially before a full Vicente Calderón. Depor’s rank current form would suggest this won’t be the week Barcelona can effectively award themselves the title they are almost bound to win. AS prediction: Atleti win

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Rayo - Eibar 10:05pm Saturday

The football hipster tie of the weekend. This should be a great match (read dull nil-nil) with Paco Jemez’ lot going for it with their brand of somewhat random attacking football, and Eibar being physical yet minnowly exciting as ever. AS prediction: Draw

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Levante - Valencia 12 noon Sunday

The Valencia derby no less! Bottom club Levante host Gary Neville’s team still under major tweaking. If I were a betting man (which I clearly am) I’d favour the visitors who seem to be getting things together, slowly but surely, under the Man Utd legend. AS prediction: Valencia win

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Sevilla - Villarreal 4pm Sunday

Big guns in the Europa League firing big shots at each other with the fourth place potentially still within reach for Sevilla (eight points behind Villarreal).League form’s no use (Sevilla come into the match DLWD, Villarreal DWDL), so let’s go with gut feel. AS prediction: Villarreal win

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Athletic - Betis 6.15pm Sunday

The easy answer is it’s a long way from Seville to Bilbao, the pitch will still be sodden and Athletic have won their last three games in the Liga. But Betis are unbeaten in six. Hmmm. AS prediction: draw

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Las Palmas - Real Madrid 8.30pm Sunday

The Zidane effect doesn’t seem to work so well away from home but Las Palmas’ squad are worth about what Ronaldo earns in a year and they’re 30 points behind big boys Real. Apologies for going with the obvious. AS prediction: Real Madrid win

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Granada - Espanyol 8.30 pm Monday

One for the tea leaves this one. Topsy turvy league form from both recently, five points separate the two down at the bottom, with Granada in the ‘you're going down, you're going down’ positions (18th). Alas we don’t drink tea. But our coffee grounds point to Espanyol doing the business on a cold night in Andalusia. AS prediction: Espanyol win.

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