Who will win the LaLiga Santander title: Atletico, Real Madrid, Barcelona or Sevilla?
Atletico Madrid leads LaLiga Santander by three points from fourth-placed Sevilla, with Barcelona’s loss to Granada on Thursday evening igniting the title chase.
Los Rojiblancos lead the LaLiga Santander table with 73 points, one point ahead of Sevilla.
71 points tied on Real Madrid and Barcelona.
The biggest mystery now is who will win LaLiga Santander in May, with the championship race being the most thrilling in years.
Run-ins between the four suitors
Atletico Madrid will host Elche in their final five games before meeting Barcelona at Camp Nou and Real Sociedad at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.
Their last two-season games will be at home against Osasuna and on the road against Real Valladolid.
On the other hand, Real Madrid has three home games against Osasuna, Sevilla, and Villarreal.
As well as two away games against Granada and Athletic Club.
The Blaugrana’s next three games are crucial.
They will travel to Valencia twice to face Los Che and Levante, with a top-of-the-table clash against Atletico.
Ronald Koeman’s team will play Celta Vigo at home before facing Eibar at Ipurua in their final two matches.
Sevilla, the underdogs, will have a tricky run-in as well, with home games against Athletic Club, Valencia, and Alaves, as well as road games against Real Madrid and Villarreal.
Players that are already on the bench
The good news for Diego Simeone is that the vast majority of Atletico Madrid’s players are still available.
As forwards Luis Suarez and Joao Felix have completely recovered and returned to action after their 2-1 loss to Athletic Club last weekend.
An injury-plagued team, Real Madrid, will be without Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez, who is out for the season.
Sergio Ramos’ return to action would be a massive boost for Zidane’s team.
But neither Ferland Mendy nor Fede Valverde is expected to play against Osasuna on Saturday.
Philippe Coutinho and Ansu Fati are also out for the rest of the season.
Still, Ronald Koeman’s absence for the games against Valencia and Atletico Madrid may be the most important.
After being sent off in Barcelona’s 2-1 loss to Granada, the Dutchman was given a two-game suspension.
But the Blaugrana are likely to appeal the decision.
Meanwhile, Sevilla’s remarkable run has been made possible in large part by the team’s fitness.
As they have been fortunate enough to avoid several significant injuries this season.
Real Madrid will have to juggle several obligations.
Los Blancos are the only LaLiga Santander title contenders currently in European competition.
The 2nd leg of their Champions League semi-final clash against Chelsea is scheduled for next Wednesday in London.
The team’s injury crisis has concerned Zidane, who is likely to rotate the lineup against Osasuna on Saturday, presumably against Sevilla on May 9, the day after the Chelsea match.
Players that have the potential to make a difference
Atletico Madrid has failed to score goals in recent weeks, in part due to Suarez’s injury.
His return to action could be crucial for Atletico’s title hopes.
As the Uruguayan is the club’s top scorer with 19 goals in LaLiga Santander this season.
Even though Eder Militao and Nacho Fernandez have stepped up in Ramos’s absence.
The Real Madrid captain remains the team’s captain.
Real Madrid’s success in recent games, along with that of top scorer Karim Benzema, may be definitive.
Meanwhile, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi’s form is still critical.
There aren’t many players in LaLiga Santander who have the power to settle a game at any given time, but Messi does.
Julen Lopetegui has put together a Sevilla team that does not rely on individual performances.
Still, if Youssef En-Nesyri adds to his great 17-goal haul, the Andalusians will have little to dread in the final stretch of the season.