Just eight rounds of the LaLiga Santander season remain and it could hardly be tighter at the top of the table, with Atletico Madrid on 67 points, Real Madrid on 66, Barcelona on 65 and Sevilla on 61.
The drama will continue this weekend, with Matchday 33 having been brought forward and with eight fixtures taking place on a very intense Sunday (18 April). Not all LaLiga Santander teams will play this weekend, due to Saturday night’s Copa del Rey final between Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona, but Spanish football fans are in for a treat on this action-packed Sunday.
There are four different time slots of matches on Sunday, and in the first, Osasuna will take on Elche while Real Sociedad meet Sevilla.
While Osasuna have moved towards mid-table safety, Elche have slipped back into the relegation zone and need every point they can muster.
Then, in Real Sociedad vs Sevilla, this is a battle between the fifth-placed team and the fourth-placed team. If La Real have any hope of making the Andalusian side sweat over their Champions League status then they need to collect all three points.
Next up are two matches that have immense implications for the title race and the relegation battle. Leaders Atletico Madrid will welcome bottom-placed Eibar to the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, where the away side have drawn twice and lost once from three visits.
Atletico have been struggling with injuries of late and have just one victory from their past four league matches, so need a positive result against the Basque side.
Just one point above Eibar are Alaves, who host 16th-placed Huesca, a team only three points away. It really is tight at the bottom and that makes this a crucial six-pointer, one that Alaves will hope their new coach Javi Calleja can win.
Next up are two matches taking place in Andalusia, as Real Betis host Valencia for a fixture that has been a lot of fun in recent years. Not only have there been last-minute winners and great goals, but there have been 27 total goals over their past nine meetings for an average of three per game.
Meanwhile, Cadiz take on Celta Vigo at home and will be looking for revenge for the 4-0 thrashing they suffered when they visited Galicia earlier in the season. Now, it’s Celta’s turn to make the trip to the other side of the country and they do so after finishing on the losing side in a 4-3 Monday night thriller against Sevilla.
Among the last two of the eight Sunday fixtures, Getafe vs Real Madrid really stands out, given its importance in the title race.
Real Madrid are in great form as they’ve won their past four in LaLiga Santander, including last weekend’s El Clasico. Now they make the short trip to Getafe, but they’ll do so with some fatigue after their midweek trip to Liverpool and they’ll do so with several players out due to suspensions and injuries.
It won’t be easy against the Azulones, who have already taken points off Atletico Madrid and Barcelona at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez in 2020/21.
Also, there is a derby match in the Valencian Community between Levante and Villarreal. This should be a very interesting watch between two teams who know each other well and two teams who play attacking football.
Villarreal got the better of their regional neighbours earlier this season in LaLiga Santander, but Levante gained revenge by knocking the Yellow Submarine out of the Copa del Rey. It’ll be fascinating to see who wins the battle this time around.
The other two fixtures of Matchday 33 are Athletic Bilbao vs Real Valladolid and Barcelona vs Granada, but these will take place later in the season due to the two home teams’ participation in the Copa del Rey final.
With eight fixtures in the same day, though, there will still be more than enough drama and excitement in Spain’s top division this weekend.
Watch LaLiga Santander live this weekend on your local broadcasters.