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Soccer on TV: Barcelona and Real Madrid facing must-win situations

Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos fights for the ball with Mallorca's Dani Rodriguez.
Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos, left, fights for the ball against Mallorca’s Dani Rodriguez on Wednesday.
(Bernat Armangue / Associated Press)

Liverpool finally won its first Premier League crown Thursday but there remains a lot to play for back in the pack in England’s top division. In Spain, meanwhile, Barcelona and Real Madrid are locked in a two-way title chase that is a long way from being settled. Both play this weekend, highlighting the top televised games from Europe.

La Liga: Barcelona hasn’t given up a goal since Spanish soccer returned from its COVID-19 suspension four games and two weeks ago. But it also failed to score in one of those games, settling for a draw that allowed Real Madrid to claim a share of the lead in a tight league race. Both go on the road this weekend for must-win games against bottom-table teams with Barcelona (21-5-5) playing at Celta Vigo (7-12-12) on Saturday (BeIN Sports, 8 a.m. PDT) and Real Madrid (20-3-8) traveling to Barcelona to play last-place Espanyol (5-17-9) on Sunday (BeIN Sports, 1 p.m. PDT).

EPL: The focus in England turns to the battle for European tournament berths and Wolverhampton (12-6-13) can improve its position with a result against struggling Aston Villa (7-18-6) on Saturday (NBCSN, 4:30 a.m. PDT). A point would lift the Wolves over Manchester United and into fifth place, good for a Europa League invitation, while Aston Villa needs at least a draw to climb out of the relegation zone.


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