The race for the fourth Champions League spot is looking close with just 3 points separating Malaga in fourth place from Rayo in eighth
Real Madrid are at home to Mallorca in what will be their 2,600th league game. Together with Barça and Athletic they are the only three teams never to have been relegated from the first division. Mallorca go into the game on a relative high, having won their last two games and revived their chances of avoiding the drop.
Real Sociedad looking to Europe
Third-placed Atlético will have to put behind them the disappointment of last weekend’s home defeat to Real Sociedad which saw them slip to third place in the table. Diego Simeone’s side travels north to Pamplona to face Osasuna, who have only lost once at home so far in 2013.
In-form Real Sociedad will move into fourth place if they take the three points at home to Valladolid and Malaga slip up in La Roseleda against Espanyol. Real hasn’t lost at home since the 10th round when they slipped to a 0-1 defeat against Espanyol. However, Valladolid has a pretty good record in the Anoeta where they haven’t lost since 2002.
Malaga keen to hold on to fourth place
Meanwhile, the Malaga fans can celebrate the team’s success in reaching the CL quarterfinals when Manuel Pellegrini’s team hosts Espanyol. The Chilean coach has a great record against the Barcelona outfit, having lost in just one of his 16 matches.
Valencia, who were eliminated from the Champions League 10 days ago by PSG, Barça’s opponents in the quarterfinals , need to get back to winning form at home to Betis. The odds look good for Ernesto Valverde’s team as Betis hasn’t won in the Mestalla for 27 years.