Football fans are currently spoilt for choices as all three of the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A continue to provide plenty of excitement and thrills with matches on almost every single day of the week.
Among the aforementioned leagues, La Liga continues to serve up an absolute cracking title race between Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Los Blancos had moved seven-points clear after their 1-0 win over Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, but Barcelona pulled back to within four points after their 4-1 triumph away to Villarreal later in the day.
With four matchdays remaining this season, it’s going to go down to the wire now, starting with gameweek 35 in mid-week.
Without further ado, let’s get straight into previewing and predicting the upcoming round of fixtures in La Liga.
Valencia vs Real Valladolid (Prediction: 2-1)
It has been a difficult season for Los Che, who are currently ninth in the La Liga standings. Next up for Valencia is a home game against Real Valladolid, who have been equally inconsistent in recent weeks.
The Ronaldo Nazario-owned outfit are currently languishing in 13th place on the back of their most recent win over Alaves.
Valencia and Real Valladolid have little more than pride to play for, and having said that, we expect the home side to pull away with all three points.
Celta Vigo vs Atletico Madrid (Prediction: 0-1)
After their resurgence in recent weeks, Celta Vigo are again struggling to pick up points, and they were held to 1-1 draw at home to Real Betis lately. In gameweek 35 of La Liga, the Sky Blues will host Atletico Madrid, who have been extremely clinical in recent weeks.
Los Rojiblancos were struggling for goals before the coronavirus-enforced break, but since the restart, they’ve peaked at the right moment, and are thus sitting comfortably in third place now.
Judging by recent form, Atletico will be favourites to take home all three points on Tuesday night.
Getafe vs Villarreal (Prediction: 2-2)
There will be a lot riding on this fixture, as sixth-placed Getafe will play hosts to fifth-placed Villarreal, and there’s only a solitary point currently separating the two Europa League hopefuls.
The Yellow Submarine were beaten by Barcelona of late, while Getafe played out a 0-0 stalemate with Osasuna.
The result of this La Liga fixture could have a big impact on the European ambitions of both clubs, so expect a cracking game on Wednesday.
Real Betis vs Osasuna (Prediction: 0-0)
Real Betis have endured a torrid season this term, and their fortunes haven’t really improved since La Liga resumed, having won just one of their seven matches in that period.
The Andalusian club will welcome Osasuna to Benito Villamarin Stadium in gameweek 35, hoping to rise from 14th on the table.
Betis’ opponents of this week, are further up in 11th, thanks to their three-game winning streak which was halted by a recent draw against Getafe.
Barcelona vs Espanyol (Prediction 4-1)
Lionel Messi and company put up a commanding display against Villarreal lately, and it seems they’ve found their groove. But is it too late now?
Nonetheless, Barcelona will welcome Espanyol for the Catalan derby, but with the visitors bottom of the standings, we don’t expect an evenly contested game by any means.
It should be a straightforward victory for the hosts, who will aim to move within one point of Real Madrid who will play later in the week.
Mallorca vs Levante (Prediction: 1-1)
On the back of their recent 3-0 defeat at the hands of Atletico Madrid, Mallorca remain in 18th place, six points adrift of safety. Their next assignment is at home to Levante, who are further up in 12th place, having saved their status as a La Liga club.
Unfortunately for Mallorca, time is running out, and every game is now a must-win in order to avoid the drop, and a win over Levante would certainly give them a big boost heading into the final stretch. In short, this game has the making of an epic encounter.
Eibar vs Leganes (Prediction: 1-1)
In the clash of two teams who are fighting to salvage their season and remain in La Liga, 19th-placed Leganes are on the road in gameweek 35, and will visit Eibar on Thursday night.
A win for the home side would all but confirm their survival, however, should Leganes be able to produce an upset, then they’ll surely give themselves a lifeline.
All in all, it’s a must-win game for the visiting team, but Eibar will have to ensure they don’t lose this one, a win or a draw both will help their cause.
Athletic Club vs Sevilla (Prediction: 1-2)
The marquee fixture in the upcoming round of matches in La Liga – Athletic Bilbao, who will feel hard done after narrowly losing to Real Madrid over the weekend, will host Sevilla in their next game.
The visitors are fourth, having lost a bit of momentum in recent weeks, but they have to win at the San Mames to keep hold of that last Champions League qualification berth.
Bilbao are eighth and mathematically, Europa League is still within their reach, but they’ll have to win all of their remaining matches, starting against Sevilla.
Real Sociedad vs Granada (Prediction: 2-1)
Real Sociedad have fallen to seventh place on the standings as a consequence of their recent slump, although they remain hot on the heels of Getafe, who have a tricky game against Villarreal, meaning La Real have to win against Granada to put further pressure on teams above them.
The visitors are further behind in tenth place, and numerically, they are also in the race for Europa League qualification places. However, Granada will have to win all of their remaining four games. Given there’s so much at stake in this fixture, this one’s a must-watch.
Real Madrid vs Alaves (Predictions: 2-0)
Los Blancos haven’t had it easy in recent weeks, with Sergio Ramos bailing them out in the recent games. But he’ll be suspended for Real Madrid’s home game against Alaves in gameweek 35.
The league leaders could be under pressure by the time they kick-off on Friday night, however, judging by the recent struggles of Alaves, who have fallen to 15th place, Zinedine Zidane’s men will have to ‘suffer again’, but they should presumably get over the line.
Madrid have been clinical since La Liga resumed, winning all seven of their games post the three-month hiatus, and should extend their winning streak with another positive result this week.