Sat, 15 Aug 2020

MADRID, July 11 (Xinhua) -- The La Liga title could be decided in the 36th round of games which begins on Saturday in Spain, while the battle to qualify for Europe and avoid relegation will also become a lot clearer over the next three days.

Real Madrid's 2-0 win at home to Alaves on Friday night means that if FC Barcelona fail to win in their visit to Valladolid on Saturday, a win for Real Madrid away to Granada on Monday night would see them crowned as champions.

Valladolid have 39 points, seven more than third from bottom Mallorca and still need a win to assure their place in the top-flight, while Barca travel to the heat of Castilla-Leon after a tired looking 1-0 win at home to Espanyol on Wednesday.

Barca coach Quique Setien is without the suspended Ansu Fati after his red card in midweek, while Samuel Umtiti, Junior Firpo and Frenkie de Jong are still out injured and Juventus bound Arthur Melo is also out.

Those injuries limit Setien's options to refresh his side, but youngster Riqui Puig will probably get the nod in midfield, with Ivan Rakitic likely to be rested.

Anything but a win for Barca will open the door for Real Madrid to claim the title in Granada on Monday night, although that game could be a tough one for Zinedine Zidane's men, who have won all eight of their games since La Liga returned to action.

Granada's 3-2 win away to Real Sociedad on Friday leaves them just one point behind their rivals in seventh place and with a real chance of qualifying for Europe in their first campaign back in the top flight.

Real Madrid welcome back Sergio Ramos and Dani Carvajal from suspension, while Marcelo is out for the rest of the season after tearing an abductor muscle.

The weekend kicks off with Osasuna, who have nothing to play for, at home to Celta Vigo, who still have work to do to assure their survival with just a four-point cushion over third bottom Mallorca.

Atletico Madrid can assure a place in next season's Champions League with a win at home to Betis, who earlier in the week confirmed Manuel Pellegrini as their new coach.

Sunday sees another vital game in the struggle to avoid the drop as Eibar visit already relegated Espanyol, before Levante entertain Athletic Club, whose European ambitions suffered two setbacks in controversial defeats to Real Madrid and Sevilla this week.

These games kick off at 2pm and 5pm and high temperatures and humidity will be a problem for squads that have played eight matches in under a month.

Leganes will be relegated if they fail to win at home to Valencia, while a win for Sevilla at home to Mallorca will take them to the doors of a place in next season's Champions League, while denting Mallorca's chances of survival. A win for Mallorca would however, lift them above Alaves and out of the drop zone.

Relegation and Europe are on the line when Alaves look to end a six-game losing streak, which has left them currently just two points above Mallorca, at home to sixth place Getafe, who have just one win since the restart.

The remaining game sees fifth-placed Villarreal at home to Real Sociedad, with the visitors in danger of seeing their European ambitions slip away from them after a disastrous run of just one win, two draws and five defeats since the return of football to Spain.

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