How struggling Barcelona still has an edge La Liga’s three-way title fight

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Barcelona’s nine-point La Liga lead is gone, and the Blaugranas are no longer contending to repeat at UEFA Champions League winners.

That’s all bad.

But with Atletico and Real Madrid still in the UCL, is Barca still the favorite to win its 24th title? Or will Atletico win its 11th, or Real its 32nd?

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Barca is ahead of Atletico on goal differential, even on points with 76. Real has the best goal differential, but has 75 points.

Judging by the fixtures… the answer is Barca should be fine despite its status as losers of four in five matches, and three-straight. They’ll play two less games before the end of the La Liga season — they have the Copa del Rey final after the campaign — and all five of its matches feature bottom-half sides.

Barcelona
April 20 at Deportivo (13th)
April 23 vs Sporting Gijon (18th)
April 30 at Real Betis (14th)
May 8 vs Espanyol (15th)
May 15 at Granada (17th)

Atletico Madrid
April 20 at Athletic Bilbao (5th)
April 23 vs Malaga (8th)
April 27 vs Bayern Munich (UCL)
April 30 vs Rayo Vallecano (16th)
May 3 at Bayern Munich (UCL)
May 8 at Levante (19th)
May 15 vs. Celta Vigo (6th)

Real Madrid
April 20 vs Villarreal (4th)
April 23 at Rayo Vallecano (16th)
April 26 at Manchester City (UCL)
April 30 at Real Sociedad (10th)
May 4 vs. Manchester City (UCL)
May 8 vs Valencia (12th)
May 15 vs Deportivo (13th)