The city of Barcelona will have one sharp eye on the Malaga v Real Madrid game this Sunday night praying that the Anchovies can upset the odds and claim victory over Zinedine Zidane’s group of superstars.
If they do, and Barcelona beat Eibar, then the Catalans will have stolen an unlikely title and in the process, send outgoing head coach Luis Enrique off into the sunset in the best possible way.
However, according to a link vao 12bet, Los Blancos are firm favourites to claim the title as they only need a point against Malaga, but there is reason to believe that Míchel’s men can do Barcelona the biggest of favours and snatch the three points.
Unbeaten in their last five league matches, Malaga have taken 13 out of a possible 15 points from those games and only an impressive 2-2 draw with Real Sociedad prevented them from making it five wins in a row.
They have also managed to score thirteen times in their current unbeaten run at an average of 2.6 goals per game.
Defensively, they have conceded only four times during this period having kept clean sheets against Valencia, Granada and Celta Vigo respectively.
They will need to prove to be solid at the back as Real Madrid are scoring for fun at the moment.
Ronaldo and co have found the back of the net twenty times in their last five matches but conceded one more than Malaga during the same period.
Fine margins indeed but Malaga are an unpredictable side and Real Madrid can take nothing for granted.
However, before all that, Barcelona must ensure they get the three points against an Eibar side who themselves pose their own threats.
The Gunners are now guaranteed to finish in their highest ever league position even if they lose and Alaves and Espanyol leapfrog them.
They currently occupy eighth and can finish no lower than tenth in only their third ever season in the top flight.
It has been a season to remember for José Luis Mendilibar’s men and they could have the defining say on the destination of the La Liga title if they prevent Barce from winning.
Even if they fail to win, Barcelona still have the Copa Del Rey final against Alaves to look forward to but one cannot help but think that after a disappointing Champions League campaign (by their lofty standards), just a Copa Del Rey to show for their efforts will constitute a poor season.
Better get praying for a Malaga win.