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Eyes on LaLiga title: Barça and Real Madrid's' final sprint
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Eyes on LaLiga title: Barça and Real Madrid's' final sprint

The Spanish LaLiga is set to return next week following a three-month break owing to the coronavirus pandemic that has ravaged the world. 

League action was suspended on March 12, but all seem set for the return on June 11, with the Seville derby as Sevilla battle Real Betis. 

The attention will, however, as always, be at the top where perennial rivals Real Madrid will battle Barcelona for the title.

Barça leads Real by two points with each having 11 matches to play, which translates to 33 points in total. 

The defending champions moved back to the top of the table courtesy of a 1-0 win against Real Sociedad in their last match before the forced stop, taking advantage of Madrid's 2-1 loss away to Real Betis.

Each of the remaining 11 fixtures will prove important for the two sides as they make the final dash to the title with little separating them. 

Fixtures

Barcelona's fitness will be put to test with two matches in 72 hours when action resumes next week.

They first travel to play Real Mallorca at 22:00 CET on Saturday, June 13, before hosting second-to-bottom Leganes at Camp Nou exactly three days later in another 22:00 kick-off, on June 16.

Rivals Real Madrid's schedule is not as demanding though, as they will have four days to rest between their first two fixtures, all at home. 

They play their first match against Eibar a day after Barcelona's first match, before hosting Valencia on June 18.

Remaining fixtures

Barcelona 

  • Mallorca - A
  • Leganes - H
  • Sevilla - A
  • Athletic Bilbao - H
  • Celta Vigo - A
  • Atletico Madrid - H
  • Villareal - A
  • Espanyol - H
  • Real Valladolid - A
  • Osasuna - H
  • Alaves - A

Real Madrid

  • Eibar - H
  • Valencia - H
  • Real Sociedad - A
  • Mallorca - H
  • Espanyol - A
  • Getafe - H
  • Athletic Bilbao - A
  • Alaves - H
  • Granada - A
  • Villareal - H
  • Leganes - A

Home advantage?

The matches will be played behind closed doors, and as such, home advantage will count for very little, if at all any.

From the above fixture list, Madrid have five fixtures on the road; Real Sociedad, Espanyol, Athletic Club, Granada, and Leganés.

In contrast, Barcelona have six away games, which will see them take on Mallorca, Sevilla, Celta, Villarreal, Valladolid, and Alavés. 

The defending champions have some tough matches with Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid among them. They also have to face Espanyol and Athletic Bilbao, who have troubled them in the past.

Can the Blaugranes become league champions for the ninth time in 12 years? Or will the Los Blancos upstage them?

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