With up to 110 matches still to played, The Spain’s Operation Return is more like a marathon, but with the outstanding games being squeezed into a 39-day period it will feel more like a sprint for Lionel Messi, Eden Hazard and company.
Of the top two, who has the better run-in?
Madrid are home to Alaves, away to Granada, home to Villarreal, and home to Leganes. Away to Granada might be tough, but you’d expect them to win the rest and Leganes will probably be down when they turn up. Barcelona are home to city rivals Espanyol, away to Valladolid, home to Osasuna and away to Alaves. It’s maybe a fraction more tricky with Espanyol and Valladolid possibly problematic.
Source: Sky Sports