Barcelona: Why Catalans Will Beat Real Madrid To La Liga Title

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Barcelona players at Camp Nou, Barcelona, May 8. Barcelona lead the La Liga title race heading into the final weekend. Alex Caparros/Getty

And then there were two.

A surprise 2-1 defeat to relegated Levante on Sunday (May 8) saw Atletico Madrid fall away in the race for the La Liga title, leaving just Barcelona and Real Madrid in contention.

Back to normality. The two clubs that have traded the La Liga trophy over the past decade bar one season —Atletico won the championship in 2013/14—will battle it out again in the final weekend.

Both clubs have distractions in cup competitions. Barcelona face Sevilla in the Copa del Rey final on May 22, while Real play city rivals Atletico in the Champions League final six days later.

But the league title is the first prize on offer.

Both clubs will be on the road. Real travel to Deportivo La Coruna; Barcelona to Granada. And the Catalans are a whisker ahead, leading Madrid by a point.

With eight wins in the last nine games, Real are expected to ease past mid-table Deportivo to apply the pressure on Barcelona.

A dip in form for the Catalans, which included three consecutive league defeats, appeared to see the title slip away. Barcelona's destiny, however, is back in the club's hands.

Luis Enrique's side is also in formidable form. In the last four matches, Barcelona has scored 21 goals without reply, including 11 from former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.

History is also on the league leaders side as Barcelona has never lost the lead on the final day of the season.

Win on Saturday (May 14) and Barcelona will be crowned champions for a 24th time.