LaLiga Matchday 37: Real Madrid on the brink of title as they host Villarreal

Real Madrid will secure their 34th LaLiga Santander championship if they can beat Villarreal tonight. If they don’t win, a victory for second-place Barcelona over Osasuna at Camp Nou will ensure the title will not be decided until Sunday’s final round of games. Atletico Madrid make the short trip to Getafe looking to extend their 14-game unbeaten run. Here are tonight’s key games:

Real Madrid vs Villarreal (Today, 8pm)

Real Madrid welcome Villarreal to the capital this evening knowing that a win will see them regain the LaLiga Santander title.

The table-toppers’ 2-1 victory at Granada on Monday was their ninth in a row and maintained their four-point lead over second-place Barcelona. 

The visitors arrive in Madrid sitting in fifth place having won nine points from a possible 15 in their last five matches. 

Games between these two sides in recent seasons have often been tight, with three of the last four ending in draws. Villarreal, however, have only picked up one away win against Real Madrid in LaLiga in the last decade.  

Barcelona vs Osasuna (Today, 8pm)

Barcelona know that results elsewhere must go their way if they are to stage a dramatic comeback in the title race. 

A 1-0 victory at Valladolid on Saturday ensured that they remain within touching distance of league leaders Real Madrid, but with just two games left to play, time is running out. 

Osasuna arrive on the back of four wins in their last six matches, losing just once and conceding only five goals in the process. 

They held the defending champions to a 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture last August and did manage to collect a 1-0 win at Barcelona in May 2009. Recent clashes haven’t been so favourable though, with the visitors shipping 27 goals in their last four LaLiga defeats at Camp Nou. 

Getafe vs Atletico Madrid (Today, 8pm)

Atletico Madrid’s 1-0 win over Real Betis at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday extended their unbeaten run in LaLiga to 14 games and ensured they will finish in the top four. 

Getafe have European aspirations of their own and sit sixth in the table on 54 points, despite a poor run in recent weeks. Their draw away at Alaves on Monday night was their fourth game without a victory, meaning it is now just one win in their last nine league matches. 

Their task may again prove to be a tough one this evening, since the hosts have lost 13 and drawn one of their last 14 league meetings with Atletico Madrid.

This article also appears on laliga.com as part of LiveScore’s global sponsorship of LaLiga. 

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