Barcelona, Real Madrid to battle for La Liga title on week 38

Barcelona, Real to battle for title
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Barcelona and Real Madrid will go head to head for the La Liga title on the final weekend of the season, while only Levante are certain of relegation.

Barcelona and Real Madrid will go head to head for the La Liga title next weekend, but Atletico Madrid have dropped out of the race after their shock 2-1 defeat at Levante.

League leaders Barcelona would have won the title on the penultimate matchday with a win over Espanyol, providing that Atletico lost at basement side Levante and Real Madrid failed to win at home to Valencia.

Barcelona kept to their end of the bargain with a 5-0 success over their Catalan rivals, but Real Madrid's 3-2 home victory over 10-man Valencia means that the race for the championship will enter the final weekend.

On Sunday, Barcelona will visit already-safe Granada, while Real Madrid will make the trip to Deportivo La Coruna.

Levante have already been relegated to the Segunda Division and they will be joined by two from Rayo Vallecano, Sporting Gijon and Getafe after week 37's results.

Celta Vigo boosted their chances of a top-five finish with a 1-0 win at Malaga, but Athletic Bilbao's point at Las Palmas means that the race for fifth will also go to the final weekend.

Eibar and Real Betis played out a 1-1 draw in the Basque country, while Getafe and Sporting Gijon also shared the points as both missed out on the chance to secure safety ahead of the final weekend.

Real Sociedad recorded a 2-1 win over Rayo to leave Paco Jemez's side in deep trouble, but Granada, who host Barcelona next weekend, are now safe after recording a 4-1 victory at Sevilla.

Villarreal have already secured fourth position ahead of week 38, but they finished at El Madrigal with a 2-0 loss to Deportivo.

La Liga results, week 37:: Barcelona 5-0 Espanyol; Celta Vigo 1-0 Malaga; Eibar 1-1 Real Betis; Getafe 1-1 Sporting Gijon; Las Palmas 0-0 Athletic Bilbao; Levante 2-1 Atletico Madrid; Real Madrid 3-2 Valencia; Real Sociedad 2-1 Rayo Vallecano; Sevilla 1-4 Granada; Villarreal 0-2 Deportivo

Baston Borja of Athletico runs with the ball during the Emirates Cup match between Arsenal and Athletico Madrid at the Emirates Stadium on August 1, 2009 in London, England.
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona1211103342934
2Valencia1293032112130
3Real Madrid127322291324
4Atletico MadridAtletico126601661024
5Sevilla127141412222
6Villarreal126331912721
7Real Sociedad125342522318
8Real Betis115242120117
9Leganes12525911-217
10Getafe124441914516
11GironaGirona124441417-316
12Levante123631415-115
13Celta Vigo124262319414
14Espanyol12345915-613
15Athletic Bilbao123361216-412
16Deportivo La CorunaDeportivo123271523-811
17EibarEibar11227625-198
18Malaga12219925-167
19AlavesAlaves122010620-146
20Las PalmasLas Palmas122010830-226