La Liga Title Race: Atletico Madrid eye La Liga title with a win and Real Madrid stumble

La Liga Title Race: With a little help from their hated local rivals, Atlético Madrid can clinch its first La Liga title in seven years
La Liga Title Race: With a little help from their hated local rivals, Atlético Madrid can clinch its first La Liga title in seven years

La Liga Title Race: With a little help from their hated local rivals, Atlético Madrid can clinch its first La Liga title in seven years on Sunday.

Atlético leads defending champion Real Madrid by two points with two matches remaining and will win the title if it beats Osasuna at home and Madrid fails to win at Athletic Bilbao.

La Liga Title Race: Any other combination of results will send it to the final round, and possibly bring Barcelona back into the mix. Atletico visits Valladolid and Madrid hosts Villarreal on the final weekend. Madrid holds the head-to-head tiebreaker if they finish even on points.

Atlético protected its lead on Wednesday by beating Real Sociedad 2-1 with goals from forwards Yannick Carrasco and Ángel Correa. Madrid kept pace on Thursday with a 4-1 victory at Granada.

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“I didn’t watch Atlético’s game yesterday. Everyone is focused on their own thing,” Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois said after beating Granada.

“Atletico feel confident because they’ve won. We have to focus on what we do ourselves and win our games,” Courtois said.

La Liga Latest Points Table

La Liga Title Race – How the winner will be decided if everyone finishes on equal points

The tiebreaker in La Liga isn’t like the one in Premier League — no goal differential here. The first tiebreaker used is head-to-head points. So, for example, if Real Madrid and Atletico finish the table tied on  points, Real Madrid win the league as they have a win and a draw against Atletico. Real also have the advantage over Barcelona with a win and a draw.

In the event that all three are tied, it comes to:

  • head-to-head points
  • head-to-head goal difference
  • total goal difference
La Liga Title Race – Remaining Schedule left for Top 3

Atletico Madrid
5/16 – vs. Osasuna
5/23 – at Real Valladolid

Real Madrid
5/16 – at Athletic Club
5/23 – vs. Villarreal

Barcelona
5/16 – vs. Celta Vigo
5/25 – at Eibar