LaLiga
Antoine Griezmann | Picture: Fcbarcelona.com

Following their exit in the Copa Del Rey quarter-finals, LaLiga frontrunners Real Madrid and Barcelona on Sunday face tricky trips to mid-table opponents, Osasuna and Real Betis, respectively.

Real Madrid lead defending champions Barcelona by three points, having lost just once in the league so far this season — a 0-1 defeat at Mallorca in October — while Barca have already lost four this season.

Los Blancos, on Sunday, face a tough trip to face Osasuna, hoping to return to the capital with three points in the bag from the El Sadar. Zinedine Zidane’s men have conceded the least goals this season and have put on a decent on their travels.

When these two sides met earlier this season, Real Madrid ran out winners by 2-0 at the Bernabeu.

The Blaugrana, meanwhile, have been miserable on the road (W4 L4 D3) face an equally tough game at the Benito Villamarin against Real Betis, who defeated Barca 4-3 at the Camp Nou, last season.

However, Barca won 5-2 when these two sides met earlier this season at the Camp Nou.

In a race for survival, Alaves and Eibar will kick-off matchday 23 with a game at the Mendizorozza, later today.

Languishing in the bottom half of the table, Alaves and Eibar are levelled on points (24), with the former leading ahead on a superior goal difference.

Alaves won 2-0 when these sides met in November at the Ipurua, only their second win against their fellow Basque opponents in seven games.

Levante and Leganes will then square off at the Ciutat de Valencia, on Saturday, for another scratch to avoid the drop. Leganes have dropped points in each of their last two league games while Alvaves are on a four-game losing streak.

Valencia and Getafe, last season’s fourth and fifth, respectively once again have their focus on European football next season. Getafe are currently third in the table, with Valencia just two points behind, having won their last two games. But, a win at the Coliseum will take them above Getafe, who have won their last three league fixtures.

After beating Barcelona and Real Madrid, respectively, Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad will square off in a Basque derby at the La Real Arena. Bilbao won 2-0 when these sides met at the San Mames, in August.

Los Leones, however, have failed to win their last five league games and will be hoping to end that run. A victory will also take them above Sociedad in the points table.

Other LaLiga Fixtures:

Valladolid vs Villareal

Atletico Madrid vs Granada

Espanyol vs Mallorca

Celta Vigo vs Sevilla

 

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