Spanish La Liga Title Race, Matchday 28

2016-17 La Liga Title Race is continues and Real Madrid is poised to clinch its 33 la Liga trophy amidst the weekly turnover of events. The Spanish la Liga is graduating going down the wire with only 11 games to end. Real Madrid is the all-time record holder of the la Liga, winning it on 32 occasions. Despite Real Madrid’s heroics in the la Liga, the prestigious club have won the la Liga since the 2011-12 season barely 5 years ago. The capital club in chasing their 10th champions league trophy devoted all attention to Europe leaving domestic trophies behind. After winning 2 champions league trophies in 3 years, Real Madrid have redirected its attention to domestic honors.  Real Madrid can never sail through domestic competitions without though opposition from their arc rivals Barcelona.  Barcelona itself is a mogul in domestic competitions, winning 8 la Liga trophies in the last 12 years and Barcelona is the defending champions of the league currently.
Spanish La Liga Title Race, Matchday 28 stats

Real Madrid with its domestic ambitions started the league the 2016-17 la Liga season with its top most form. The la Liga trophy was seemingly shifting towards Real Madrid until recent loses. This season, Real Madrid have played 26 la Liga games winning 19, drawing 5 and losing 2. Out of the 78 points at stake, Real Madrid have won only 62 points and currently leading the Spanish la Liga table.

Notable Points Lost by Real Madrid.

Real Madrid 1-1 Villarreal

Las Palmas 2-2 Real Madrid

Real Madrid 1-1 Eibar

Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid

Sevilla 2-1 Real Madrid

Celta Vigo 2-2 Real Madrid

Real Madrid 3-3 Las Palmas

Valencia 2-1 Real Madrid

16 valuable points have been lost by Real Madrid in the 26 games played in the la Liga. Real Madrid have 12 more la Liga games to end the season and possibly clinch the trophy. Below is Real Madrid’s 12 remaining la liga games;Spanish La Liga Title Race,

Real Madrid remaining la Liga games

Athletic Club vrs Real Madrid

Real Madrid vrs Alaves

Leganes vrs Real Madrid

Real Madrid vrs Atletico Madrid

Gijon vrs Real Madrid

Real Madrid vrs Barcelona

Deportivo vrs Real Madrid

Real Madrid vrs Valencia

Granada vrs Real Madrid

Real Madrid vrs Sevilla

Malaga vrs Real Madrid

Real Madrid vrs Celta Vigo

With these games to go, Real Madrid will at least get 23 points for those games excluding games with Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Sevilla. Real Madrid will at least finish the Spanish La Liga with 86 points.

Barcelona is trailing behind Real Madrid with 2 points and the chase is on. Barcelona started the league poorly with coach Luis Enrique likely to be sacked after the season. In the 27 la Liga games played by Barcelona, Barca have won 18, drawn 6 and lost 3 of the games. Out of the 81 points in the 27 games, FC Barcelona have only won 60 points and have dropped 21 valuable points which has been the headache for Luis Enrique. Spanish La Liga Title Race, Matchday 28

Notable Points Dropped by Luis Enrique’s Barcelona;

Barcelona 1-2 Alaves

Barcelona 1-1 Atletico Madrid

Celta Vigo 4-3 Barcelona

Barcelona 0-0 Malaga

Real Sociedad 1-1 Barcelona

Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid

Villarreal 1-1 Barcelona

Real Betis 1-1 Barcelona

Deportivo 2-1 Barcelona

The last lost game to Deportivo has sparked a lot tension in the Barcelona camp. With all these tension and managerial challenges, Barcelona is still in the race with 2 points below Real Madrid.

Barcelona have 11 interesting games to end the league so if the concentrate and win those games, maybe they can take the league down the wire with Real Madrid.

Barcelona Remaining Games for the Season;

Barcelona vrs Valencia

Granada vrs Barcelona

Barcelona vrs Sevilla

Malaga vrs Barcelona

Barcelona vrs Real Sociedad

Real Madrid vrs Barcelona

Barcelona vrs Osasuna

Espanyol vrs Barcelona

Barcelona vrs Villarreal

Las Palmas vrs Barcelona

Barcelona vrs Eibar

These games are very difficult encounters for FC Barcelona.  All things been equal, Barcelona is likely to end the season with 81 points if Barca wins the remaining games excluding their games with Valencia Sevilla Real Madrid and Las Palmas.

With the games remaining for Real Madrid and Barcelona, Real Madrid is likely to to win the league per the analysis. Barcelona have 11 games remaining while Real Madrid has 12 games remaining. Aside the one match disadvantage to Barcelona, Barca also has challenges with managerial issues and some senior players been benched. Real Madrid on the other hand is enjoying peace at camp with coach Zinedine Zidane in full control of his squad. Real Madrid is the likely favorites to the 2016-17 la liga which will be the club’s 33 la liga trophy and the first since 2011-12 season.

La Liga Table

  1. Real Madrid – 62 pts
  1. Barcelona – 60 pts
  1. Sevilla – 57 pts
  1. Atletico Madrid – 52 pts
  1. Villarreal – 48 pts
  1. Real Sociedad – 48 pts
  1. Athletic Club – 44 pts
  1. Eibar – 39 pts
  1. Espanyol – 39 pts
  1. Alaves – 37 pts
  1. Celta Vigo – 35 pts
  1. Las Palmas – 32 pts
  1. Valencia – 30 pts
  1. Real Betis – 28 pts
  1. Deportivo – 27 pts
  1. Malaga – 26 pts
  1. Leganes – 25 pts
  1. Granada – 19 pts
  1. Sporting Gijon – 18 pts
  1. Osasuna – 10 pts

La Liga Statistics

Total Matches: 268 games

Goals: 782 goals

Average Goals per Game: 2.92 goals

Home Wins: 126 games

Away Wins: 74 games

Drawn Games: 68 matches

Top Scorers

  1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona): 23 goals
  1. Luis Suarez (Barcelona): 21 goals
  1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid): 20 goals
  1. Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo): 14 goals
  1. Antoine Greizmann (Atletico Madrid): 13 goals

Top Assists

  1. Pablo Piatti (Espanyol): 9 assists
  1. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid): 9 assists
  1. Luis Suarez (Barcelona): 9 assists
  1. Neymar Jr (Barcelona): 8 assists

Top Scoring Clubs

  1. Barcelona: 77 goals
  1. Real Madrid: 69 goals
  1. Sevilla: 51 goals
  1. Atletico Madrid: 49 goals
  1. Las Palmas: 43 goals

Best Defense

  1. Villarreal: 19 goals conceded
  1. Atletico Madrid: 22 goals conceded
  1. Barcelona: 23 goals conceded
  1. Real Madrid: 27 goals conceded
  1. Athletic Club: 30 goals conceded

Matchday 28 Games

Las Palmas vrs Villarreal

Eibar vrs Espanyol

Athletic Club vrs Real Madrid

Alaves vrs Real Sociedad

Real Betis vrs Osasuna

Leganes vrs Malaga

Atletico Madrid vrs Sevilla

Gijon vrs Granada

Deportivo vrs Celta Vigo

Barcelona vrs Valencia