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Barcelo eye holding on to La Liga top spot before heading to Japan

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  12 Dec 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Madrid, Dec 11: Barcelo will be hosting Deportivo La Coru in week 15 of La Liga on Saturday, while keeping an eye on maintaining the table’s top spot before heading to Japan to take part in the FIFA Club World Cup.

Following a 1-1 draw on Wednesday against Bayer Leverkusen in the last round of the Champions League’s group stage, the Blaugra will be aiming not to repeat the scerio of round 14 of La Liga, which ended in a 1-1 tie against Valencia, reports Efe.

Currently Barcelo have 34 points putting them in the lead, while guests Deportivo are in sixth place with 22 points.

Deportivo’s last game at the Camp Nou stadium was played in La Liga’s 38th round during the last season, in which the team stched an important 2-2 draw to remain in the top tier of the Spanish football league system and avoided relegation.

Back to the current season, it seems that Atletico Madrid have found pleasure in Barcelo’s misfortune, and now the capital side is just two points ahead of La Liga’s lead.

Atletico will be hosting on Sunday Athletic Bilbao, who are in seventh position with 21 points.

This game marks the return of Raul Garcia to Vicente Calderon after he moved to Bilbao from Atletico Madrid this year.

Real Madrid, currently third with 30 points, will be visiting Villarreal in this round’s fil match on Sunday.

Los Blancos will be aiming to stch an important win after gaining a significant boost following the team’s wide 8-0 win against Sweden’s Malmo in the fil round of the Champions League’s group stage.

Elsewhere, English mager Garry Neville will be leading his first La Liga game with Valencia on Sunday when they visit Eibar.

Neville debuted with Valencia on Wednesday against French side Lyon, who won the game 2-0 and elimited the Spanish side from the Champions League.

As for Sevilla, after securing a place in the Europa League following a 1-0 win against Juventus in the Champions League, the team will be hosting Sporting Gijon on Saturday at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in Seville.

In other matches, Celta Vigo face Espanyol, while Grada, who hold the top spot in the relegation zone, will be hosting Levante, who are in 19th position.

Saturday’s clashes will conclude with a game between bottom guest team Las Palmas and Real Betis.

On Sunday, Rayo Vallecano will be playing against Malaga. IANS

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