La Liga schedule and preview, Week 14: The usual suspects are floating to the top
After an entertaining start to the season, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atlético Madrid are slowly turning the title race into a three team affair.
Slowly but surely the proverbial cream is rising to the top of the La Liga table. Real Madrid certainly deserve to be first, Barcelona have done enough in general to be a close second, and Atlético Madrid have hit their stride after a slow start to the season. Despite solid play both Sevilla and Valencia have begun to slip behind, seemingly setting us on the path towards another three team race for the title.
All three of those top teams face winnable matches this round with Real Madrid’s match against Celta Vigo the toughest, at least on paper. Celta have been consistent so far this year, sitting in 8th place and right on the cusp of the battle for Europa League spots. Atléti have the easiest match with a trip to face 19th-placed Elche.
Speaking of the Europa League, a solid tussle is developing behind the leaders for Spain’s places in Europe. Sevilla and Valencia are set to be contenders, but seeing Málaga and Celta there is a pleasant surprise. There’s still a long way to go, but new blood in the battle for Europe is always a good thing.
Here’s the full schedule for week 14 in Spain.
Saturday, December 6
Elche vs. Atlético Madrid | 10 a.m. ET, 4 p.m. CEST
Athletic Club vs. Córdoba | 12 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. CEST
Real Madrid vs. Celta Vigo | 2 p.m. ET, 8 p.m. CEST
Deportivo La Coruña vs. Málaga | 4 p.m. ET, 10 p.m. CEST
Sunday, December 7
Rayo Vallecano vs. Sevilla | 6 a.m. ET, 12 p.m. CEST
Barcelona vs. Espanyol | 11 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. CEST
Granada vs. Valencia | 3 p.m. ET, 9 p.m. CEST
Monday, December 8
Eibar vs. Almería | 11 a.m. ET, 5 p.m. CEST