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La Liga Preview: Week 27

Barcelona has the chance to stretch their lead at the top of the La Liga standings back up to 10 points on Saturday if they can win at home against Real Zaragoza. And who would bet against them? The Catalonians have won 19 out of their last 20 league matches and are firm favorites to capture a third consecutive league title.  In the days other matches Valencia travel to Mallorca while Athletico Madrid host Villareal. Both Valencia and Villareal have a chance to strengthen their hold on a Champions League birth with a victory and all but end Athletico Madrid and Mallorca’s top-four aspirations.

Jose Mourinho recently called former Real Madrid and current Malaga manager Jose Pelligrini the ‘best loser’ for missing out on the league title last season with 96 points. If the Los Blancos fail to win at Racing Santender, however, Mourinho will be in severe danger of earning the same title as his predecessor. His side destroyed Malaga 7-0 on Thursday though and will be hoping to make another statement of their title intentions this weekend. Other highlights from Sunday will see Hercules host Almeria in a relegation battle while Athletico Bilbao and Sevilla attempt to stake their claim for a spot in the Europa League next season.

Saturday

Mallorca vs. Valencia (12:00 ET)

Form guide: Mallorca – DWLLW                 Valencia – WWDWL

Prediction: 1-2

Barcelona vs. Real Zaragoza (14:00 ET)

Form guide: Barcelona –WWWWW         Real Zaragoza – DLLDW

Prediction: 3-0

Athletico Madrid vs. Villareal (16:00 ET)

Form guide: Athletico Mardid – LLWDD  Villareal – LLDDW

Prediction: 2-1

Sunday (all games at 11:00 ET)

Hercules vs. Almeria

Form guide: Hercules – LWLDL   Almeria – WLDLD

Prediction: 1-1

Levante vs. Espanyol

Form guide: Levante – WWLWD                                Espanyol – LLLWL

Prediction: 0-1

Malaga vs. Osasuna

Form guide: Malaga – DDDWL    Osasuna – DLWLD

Prediction: 1-2

Sporting Gijon vs. Getafe

Form guide: Sporting Gijon – LDDDL        Getafe – WDLDD

Prediction: 1-1

Athletico Bilbao vs. Sevilla FC

Form guide: Athletic Bilbao – WLLLL         Sevilla – DLWDW

Prediction: 2-2

Racing Santander vs. Real Madrid

Form guide: Racing Santander – DWWDD             Real Madrid – WWWDW

Prediction: 0-4

Monday (15:00 ET)

Deportivo de la Coruna vs. Real Sociedad

Form guide: Deportivo de la Coruna – LWDDD         Real Sociedad – LWWLD

Preiction: 2-2

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