MADRID – La Liga heads toward the final stretch going into week 29 of the tournament, after a brief hiatus due to international team commitments, in which on Sunday Celta Vigo will host Barcelona, current leader of the table with a four point gap ahead of runner up rival Real Madrid, which will be hosting Granada earlier on the same day.
After Barça fortified its top position with 68 points at El Clasico 2-1 triumph 10 days ago against Real Madrid at Camp Nou, the struggle for the title will pick up again on Friday with the launch of week 29, while round 30 will start next Tuesday.
Both Blaugrana and Los Blancos will play their games on Sunday, but Real Madrid, in second with 64 points, will be first to the field when it hosts Granada, in 19th place with 23 points, at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Granada, so far, has taken only one away game throughout the entire season, on Sept. 20, 2014, at the San Mames Stadium against Athletic Bilbao, and will be heading to the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday to meet Carlo Ancelotti’s boys at a moment when they feel desperate for a win after their defeat at Camp Nou.
Just hours later, Barcelona will be hosted by Celta Vigo, in the 10th position at 35 points, with the possibility of injured Argentine star Lionel Messi missing the game, who also missed Argentina’s friendly international against Ecuador two days ago.
On the other hand, Valencia is getting pumped for Sunday’s clash when Valencia CF will host its Villarreal guests in an intracity derby in which the host will be struggling to add to its current 60 points to improve its La Liga third position, while the guests hold the sixth position with 49 points and will be fighting for an away win following a home defeat against Sevilla during the last round.
Atletico Madrid, currently chasing Valencia for the third position with a one point gap, will be hosted on Saturday by last place team Cordoba, which has18 points.