Barcelona Hoping for a Minor Miracle

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Barca need to win and hope that Real Madrid slip up to keep their fading title dreams alive.

Barca player in yellow away strip celebrating a goal

The La Liga title race could be decided on Thursday night with Barcelona hoping for a Real Madrid to slip up at the top of the table.

Zinedine Zidane’s side could win their third crown in eight years if they beat Villarreal, while the Blaugrana need to beat Osasuna and hope the Yellow Submarine can do them a favour.

Real Madrid have been in sensational form since the restart, winning all nine of their La Liga games.

While the fixture list has been kind, Zidane’s troops have still had a job to do and they look to be closing in on another title.

Villarreal cannot catch fourth-placed Sevilla but they still need to consolidate their place in the top six in the final two games.

Three of the last four meetings have ended in score draws and it is 17/4* for that run to be extended.

Barcelona are four points behind their rivals ahead of their meeting with Osasuna.

Osasuna have won three of their last five to sit comfortably in mid-table, but they are expected to struggle at Camp Nou.

Osasuna’s last win at Barcelona’s iconic ground came in 2012 and they are 17/1 to grab all three points this time around.

Third-Place Still up for Grabs

Both Atletico Madrid and Sevilla can finish third this season, with the pair on 66 points. Diego Simeone’s men travel to Getafe, while Sevilla face a trip to Real Sociedad.

Neither side have been given easy assignments, with Getafe sixth and Sociedad seventh in the table.

Atletico will take confidence from their head-to-head record though, having won 14 in 16 against Getafe. They have kept a clean sheet in all of those victories, and they are 41/20 to win to nil on Thursday.Sociedad have lost three of their last four in the league at home and Sevilla are 41/20 to leave with all three points.

Time Running Out for Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao can still finish sixth, but they need results to go their way in the final two weeks of the campaign.

Bilbao are eighth, three points behind Getafe and they will be looking to make a fast start when they do battle with Leganes.

Five of Los Leones’ last six goals at the San Mames have come in the first half and they are 20/30 to break the deadlock.

Leganes need to win to boost their chances of survival, with four points separating them and 17th placed Alaves.

The same can be said of Mallorca, who are level on points with Leganes as they prepare to play Granada. Both teams came up from Segunda last season but the latter are 10th and clear of trouble.

With Mallorca fighting for every point, they ought to be considered at 21/20.

One Last Push for Celta Vigo

Celta Vigo have failed to win any of their last five but a win this week would mean they cannot be caught by the bottom three. They entertain Levante this week and are the 10/17 favourites.

The last three meetings between the pair have seen a total of 18 goals, and over 3.5 goals is 7/4.

Eibar are also in action as they prepare to host Real Valladolid in the early kick-off at 17:30.

Elsewhere, Real Betis will try to put Alaves in more trouble, while Valencia take on already-relegated Espanyol.

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