La Liga fixtures: Table, preview & schedule for Week 28 as Barcelona aim to catch Real Madrid

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Real Madrid's hopes of winning La Liga received a major shot in the arm last weekend when Barcelona suffered a surprise defeat to struggling Deportivo La Coruna.

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Zinedine Zidane's men capitalised by seeing off Real Betis and restoring themselves to first place but face a challenge to keep their grip on top spot when they visit Athletic Club, a strong home side, at San Mames.

Here is the table as it stands and full schedule for the weekend ahead...

LA LIGA TABLE

P

Team

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

Pts

1

Real Madrid

26

19

5

2

69

27

42

62

2

Barcelona

27

18

6

3

77

23

54

60

3

Sevilla

27

17

6

4

51

31

20

57

4

Atlético de Madrid

27

15

7

5

49

22

27

52

5

Villarreal

27

13

9

5

39

19

20

48

6

Real Sociedad

27

15

3

9

42

38

4

48

7

Athletic Club

27

13

5

9

34

30

4

44

8

Eibar

27

11

7

9

43

38

5

40

9

Espanyol

27

10

9

8

39

38

1

39

10

Alavés

27

9

10

8

28

33

-5

37

11

Celta de Vigo

26

10

5

11

39

45

-6

35

12

Las Palmas

27

8

8

11

43

45

-2

32

13

Valencia CF

27

8

6

13

36

47

-11

30

14

Real Betis

27

7

7

13

29

44

-15

28

15

Deportivo de La Coruña

27

6

9

12

31

42

-11

27

16

Málaga

27

6

8

13

33

45

-12

26

17

Leganés

27

6

7

14

22

41

-19

25

18

Granada CF

27

4

7

16

24

55

-31

19

19

Sporting de Gijón

27

4

6

17

28

56

-28

18

20

Osasuna

27

1

8

18

28

65

-37

11

Friday, March 17

Las Palmas La Liga
Las Palmas La Liga

Las Palmas vs Villarreal

Time (GMT)

Venue

UK TV channel

US TV channel

19:45

Estadio Gran Canaria

Sky Sports 5

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Los Amarillos meet El Submarino Amarillo in a very yellow battle in Gran Canaria to kick off the weekend's action.

Las Palmas achieved an excellent 11th-place finish on their return to the top flight last season and sit 12th this year. They have started to attract some bigger names in the likes of Kevin-Prince Boateng, Jese and Alen Halilovic, the latter two of whom are on loan, but have just one win in seven and face a stern test here against Villarreal side that has only failed to beat Real Madrid in its last six matches.

Saturday, March 18

Sergio Ramos Real Madrid La Liga
Sergio Ramos Real Madrid La Liga

Eibar vs Espanyol

Time (GMT)

Venue

UK TV channel

US TV channel

12:00

Ipurua

Sky Sports 5

None

While Las Palmas' progress has been impressive, Eibar might be the biggest overachievers in La Liga. They would have been relegated at the end oftheir first season in the top flight - 2014-15 - if not for Elche's financial mismanagement but improved to 14th last season and are a remarkable eighth this time around.

Playing in a stadium that holds just over 7,000 fans, they will eithercement that position or lose it against Espanyol, who are one point behind them.

Athletic Club vs Real Madrid

Time (GMT)

Venue

UK TV channel

US TV channel

15:15

San Mames

None

beIN Sports

With Atletico Madrid meeting Sevilla on Sunday, Real Madrid have the chance to gain ground on at least one of their title rivals this weekend, even if it is not Barcelona.

Navigating a trip to San Mames is never an easy task, however, and Athletic have won five in a row on their own turf in all competitions to maintainone of the division's best home records. The last time they failed to win as hosts was when Atletico nicked a late point in January.

Alaves vs Real Sociedad

Time (GMT)

Venue

UK TV channel

US TV channel

17:30

Mendizorrotza

Sky Sports (red button)

beINesp

Alaves are back in La Liga for the first time since 2005-06 and will be very satisfied to be safely moored in mid-table with a Copa del Rey final against Barcelona to look forward to.

There is a bit more at stake during the run-in for Real Sociedad, however, who still have a shot at claiming the fourth Champions League place. Eusebio Sacristan's teamhaswon as many games as Real Madrid away from home and Alaves have struggled to score in front of their home fans, so they will fancy their chances here.

Real Betis vs Osasuna

Time (GMT)

Venue

UK TV channel

US TV channel

19:45

Estadio Benito Villamarin

Sky Sports 5

beINesp

There are plenty of meaningful games on the schedule in La Liga this weekend, but this is not one of them.

Osasuna were always facing an uphill struggle after finishing sixth in the Segunda Division last season and sneaking into the top flight by winning the playoffs, but they have been even worse than anticipated. Betis, meanwhile, are relatively safe but unlikely to crack the top half.

Sunday, March 19

Luis Suarez Barcelona La Liga
Luis Suarez Barcelona La Liga

Leganes vs Malaga

Time (GMT)

Venue

UK TV channel

US TV channel

11:00

Estadio Municipal de Butarque

Sky Sports 3

None

Another newly promoted side punching above their weight, Leganes have opened up a six-point gap above the drop zone and could take another huge step towards survival by beating Malaga, who are a point ahead of them.

They have a good chance of doing so - Malaga are in a tail spin and have won just once since November. Michel has replaced MarceloRomero as manager in an attempt to arrest the slide but got off to a losing start against Alaves.

Atletico Madrid vs Sevilla

Time (GMT)

Venue

UK TV channel

US TV channel

15:15

Vicente Calderon

Sky Sports 2

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Sevilla are having a wobble. Draws with Deportivo and Leganes have knocked their title hopes and Leicester City dumped them out of the Champions League, leaving Jorge Sampaoli to fight to ensure their place in Europe's top competition next season is not threatened.

They have a nine-point advantage over fifth-place Villarreal and should be fine on that front, but earning a morale-boosting win at Atletico will not be easy.

Deportivo La Coruna vs Celta Vigo

Time (GMT)

Venue

UK TV channel

US TV channel

17:30

Estadio Riazor

Sky Sports (red button)

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Pepe Mel has made an excellent start at Deportivo, taking a team two points above the relegation zone when he took over to two wins and two draws in his first four games. It's an even more impressive run when you consider that they have faced both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.

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Mel has been aided by the fact that four of his first five games are at home, and he will hope to cap that run off with another victory that will go a long way to securing survival. Celta are a decent side but beatable on their travels.

Sporting Gijon vs Granada

Time (GMT)

Venue

UK TV channel

US TV channel

17:30

El Molinon

Sky Sports 2

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This is winner takes all. A draw does neither of these two relegation-threatened sides much good but a victorwill findthemselves creeping up on Leganes and/or Malaga, who meet earlier in the day.

Sporting have been nightmarishly bad of late and it's hard to see them being consistent enough to mount a challenge to survive, but Granada have started winning their home games to give themselves a chance. They could really do with ending a woeful, winless away record here, though.

Barcelona vs Valencia

Time (GMT)

Venue

UK TV channel

US TV channel

19:45

Camp Nou

Sky Sports 2 / Mix

beIN Sports

Deportivo did Real Madrida massive favour, because the title race was starting to swing in Barca's direction before their surprise defeat last weekend. Going into that game, Luis Enrique's side were four points better off in the league than their rivals since January 1 but now Madrid have recouped three.

There is still plenty of football - and a Clasico - to be played, but Barca are now into must-win territory. With Real at San Mames, there is a decent chance they will go into this game with a chance to at least draw level at the top, though they have played a game more.

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