La Liga All Set to Return

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Barcelona and Real Madrid in action

Esta de vuelta! Spanish top-flight football returns this week after a three-month enforced break and it promises to be a fascinating end to the 2019-20 campaign.

The title race will provide the main focus, with just two points separating the top two as Barcelona hold a slender advantage over major rivals Real Madrid, with 11 games remaining. The leaders are 4/7 to lift the trophy again, while Real can be backed at 13/10.*

The big two have had their issues this season and the run-in is unlikely to be straightforward for both Barca and Real – who had been leading before their defeat at Real Betis prior to the suspension.

We have already had both El Clasico meetings this season, so Real are going to have to rely on teams doing them a favour if they are to overturn Barca and prevent the Catalans winning a third title in a row.

The leaders will resume their campaign on Saturday (June 13), when they make the journey to Mallorca – who are battling to survive at the other end of the table.

Real play after their title rivals, when they play host to another struggling team – Eibar – at 18:30 BST on Sunday evening (Match Odds – Real 4/19, Draw 21/4, Eibar 21/2).

There is a nine-point gap between Zinedine Zidane’s men and third place Sevilla (4/9 Top Four Finish), who will kick-off the resumption of the league on Thursday night.

Battle Beyond the Big Two

The Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan is the venue for the Andalusian derby, as Sevilla – unbeaten in four games – face local rivals Real Betis. The hosts can be backed at 10/11, Betis are 11/4 and the draw is available at 14/5.

Julen Lopetegui’s team are seeking a league double over Betis, after a 2-1 away win back in November, and need the points in what looks like a tight battle to qualify for the Champions League.

Sevilla are currently on 47 points after 27 games, just one point ahead of Real Sociedad and Getafe, and two points in front of sixth-placed Atletico Madrid – who travel to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday afternoon.

Valencia currently occupy seventh and will still harbour Champions League hopes, with Los Che just three points outside the top four.

At the bottom, it looks like any three from seven teams could yet be relegated to the Segunda Division – with Espanyol (4/27 – To be relegated), Leganes (4/9) and Mallorca (10/31) currently occupying the bottom three places.

Fighting for Safety

Bottom club Espanyol have been in the top flight for 25 consecutive seasons, but their La Liga status is under serious danger with 11 games left.

Barcelona’s second team are currently six points from safety and face a crunch home clash on Saturday afternoon, when they entertain 14th-placed Alaves.

The big game at the bottom on the returning La Liga weekend, takes place on 18:30 BST on Saturday. Leganes, in 19th, play host to Real Valladolid – who are currently just four points outside the dropzone in 15th.

Leganes are currently available at 13/10 to collect the win, with Valladolid at 12/5 and the draw priced at 39/20.

*All odds correct at time of writing

Warren has been employed as a sport journalist for over two decades and as well as years of written experience, has also worked in other areas of the media including radio and television. Football has always been his number one passion, but has also commentated and written on a number of other sports including golf, cricket, tennis and rugby.
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