Next Game

Malaga v Barcelona

Wednesday, 24 September 2014, 21:00

Spanish Primera BBVA

Last Game

Levante 0 - 5 Barcelona

Sunday, 21 September 2014, 20:00

Spanish Primera BBVA

Primera Liga weekend preview

Barcelona's injured midfielder Sergio Busquets is confident his team-mates can wrap up the Primera Division title against Atletico Madrid on Sunday regardless of what happens elsewhere.

Last Updated: 10/05/13 at 09:25 Post Comment

Sergio Busquets: Confident Barca can wrap up the title

Sergio Busquets: Confident Barca can wrap up the title

The title could be Barca's 24 hours earlier if Real Madrid fail to win at the Catalan club's city rivals Espanyol.

Real kept the title race alive with a 6-2 win over Malaga on Wednesday but have now played a game more then their title rivals as the fixture was brought forward from next weekend, when Real face city rivals Atletico in the final of the Copa del Rey.

But Busquets, who has been suffering with a groin complaint since January, is confident Barcelona can secure the championship under their own steam and will not have to rely on Espanyol doing them a favour.

Busquets told reporters: "We are ready to win the match on Sunday.

"To win a title is always special and important and the league even more. It would be the fourth league title in five years and it would be spectacular."

Busquets added: "I have no doubt that if champions, we should be celebrated with a parade through the city and a party at the stadium."

Barcelona have been close to securing the title in the last couple of weeks and Busquets is aware of the pressure created by expectation.

He added: "We have felt like this for weeks. It's the best thing to do because we deserve (the title)."

Busquets has ruled out surgery to fix his groin problem, adding: "The injury is very complicated because some days are better than others."

Pedro and Victor Valdes should be available having returned to action after missing the last game against Real Betis.

Atletico Madrid ensured they would finish no lower than third, securing a spot in the Champions League, by winning 3-1 at Celta Vigo on Wednesday.

But Atletico can also secure second spot so a win against Barcelona would be high on their agenda as well.

Real Zaragoza can improve their chances of avoiding relegation when they visit Levante on Friday.

A win would take Zaragoza up to 36 points and keep them out of the bottom three regardless of other results over the rest of the weekend.

But with Levante only nine points above the bottom three themselves they will be looking to pick up points to banish any faint possibility of dropping out of the division.

Levante coach Juan Ignacio Martinez knows a win will help his team survive the drop.

He said: "I think that 41 points is a good amount to be safe, but the teams are pushing hard behind us and we've gone several weeks without a win.

"Let's see if we can beat Zaragoza and then we can forget about all that."

Bottom side Mallorca face a key fixture away to Athletic Bilbao on Saturday knowing that even a win will not take them out of the bottom three.

Osasuna also have relegation fears but face a tough game at home to Getafe, who lie one place outside the Europa League qualifying places.

Deportivo La Coruna will also look to win and like Osasuna their focus will be on climbing away from the wrong end of the table when they face Real Valladolid.

The three teams in the Europa League places - Valencia, Malaga and Real Betis - are all in action on Sunday.

Fifth-placed Valencia visit Rayo Vallecano, Malaga are at home to Sevilla and seventh-placed Real Betis are at home to Celta Vigo, who need points as they bid to climb out of the bottom three.

Real Sociedad occupy a Champions League qualifying place and on Monday take on a Granada team needing a win to put more distance between themselves and the relegation zone.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

ilarious, thanks for that. But if I may, I do suspect the reason of your partners' ire is not Tottenham, but most probably all the compusilve gambling :)

DannySmith
Backing Costa To Keep Banging 'Em In

T

wo police horses in a paddock. Horse 1: What's with the long face? Horse 2: I'm working St James Park this weekend.

hump3.
Pardew braced for protests

T

wo things. First, I can't stop reading your name as 'Dane Bowers'. Second, you used the words 'philosophy' and 'Redknapp' in the same sentence.

ajsr1982
Can United's Defence Handle Ulloa?

Footer 365

Championship: Norwich investigate claim of homophobic abuse

Norwich are investigating an allegation of homophobic abuse during their Championship game with Birmingham City.

Juan Mata apologises for Manchester United's shock defeat to Leicester

Juan Mata has apologised to Manchester United fans after the team's embarrassing capitulation at Leicester on Sunday.

Premier League: West Ham's Diafra Sakho relishing Enner Valencia link-up

Diafra Sakho reckons West Ham can spring a few more surprises in the Premier League this season.

Mail Box

Will Rodgers Finally Drop Gerrard?

The mailbox wants to know if Brendan Rodgers has the stones to drop Steven Gerrard. Plus, thoughts on Wayne Rooney's display, sitting down, and thanking United fans...

Clattenburg And Assistants Should Be Suspended

It's a Mailbox containing Manchester United fans taking defeat to Leicester pretty well, plus some long thoughts on Gerrard and Liverpool, plus Southampton congratulations...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property