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LaLiga title race alive: fixture list for Atleti, Madrid & Barcelona

All three top sides won this weekend in LaLiga, although Real Madrid and Barcelona had an easier time of things than Atlético Madrid.

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LaLiga title race alive: fixture list for Atleti, Madrid & Barcelona

As the 2020/21 LaLiga campaign heads into the final straight, things remain tight at the top of the table after this weekend's action. On Saturday, Real Madrid cut Atleti's lead at the summit to just three points after Zidane's men claimed three points at Balaídos beating Celta Vigo (1-3). However, Simeone's men held on to claim a 1-0 win over Alavés to restore their advantage, before Barcelona thrashed Real Sociedad, to leave the table effectively unchanged at the top.  

All three sides face a sprint to the finish line with Atlético on 66 points, Barcelona on 62 and Real Madrid on 60.

Atlético, Barcelona & Real Madrid fixtures

  Atlético 66 pts Barça 62 pts R. Madrid 60 pts
21 Mar Alavés (1-0) R. Sociedad (1-6) *Celta (1-3)
04 Apr Sevilla (a) Valladolid (h) Eibar (h)
11 Apr Betis (a) R. Madrid (a) Barça (h)
21 Apr Huesca (h) Getafe (h) Cádiz (a)
25 Apr Athletic (a) Villarreal (a) Betis (h)
28 Apr Eibar (h) Granada (h) Getafe (a)
02 May Elche (a) Valencia (a) Osasuna (h)
09 May Barça (a) Atlético (h) Sevilla (h)
12 May R. Sociedad (h) Levante (a) Granada (a)
16 May Osasuna (h) Celta (h) Athletic (a)
23 May Valladolid (a) Eibar (a) Villarreal (h)

Real Madrid Champions League survivors

Real Madrid are the only Spanish side involved in the UCL and have the task of juggling key LaLiga and Champions League games. The first leg of the Champions League quarter final against Liverpool will be played on Tuesday 6 April. Madrid are at home for the first leg, although that could possibly change if safety restrictions are necessary. Just days after that game, Madrid play Barça in El Clásico - a game which could be vital in determining positions at the top of the table. If the team has fallen too far off the pace by then, Zidane might decide to rest players and rotate his team. After playing Barcelona in a 21:00 kick-off on 10 April, Madrid will hardly have any time to rest before the return leg against Liverpool, where they will be trying to book their place in the semi-finals. The second leg, at Anfield, will take place on Wednesday 14 April.

Copa del Rey final

Barcelona's 'distraction' comes in the form of the 2020/21 Copa del Rey final against Athletic Club on 17 April in Seville. A win for Koeman's men would be a major shot in the arm for the team and act as a possible spur to push on in the search of a league and cup double win.

Head-to-head

Should the sides draw level at the end of the campaign, head-to-head results rather than goal-average is used to decide the victor. At present only Real Madrid and Atleti have completed fixtures between both sides with Zidane's men having a superior head-to-head. Madrid also overcame Barcelona at Camp Nou and Atleti have still to travel to the Catalan capital after recording a 1-0 over Los Culés in Madrid. 

The fixtures scheduled for the weekend of 9 May could also go some way in determining the outcome of the title winners as Real Madrid face fourth place Sevilla, who are fighting for a Champions League spot, and Atleti travel to Camp Nou.