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Barcelona and Sevilla in league action ahead of Copa del Rey final

IANS  |  Madrid 

go into a busy week which could end with their winning the and moving to within touching distance of the league.

Saturday sees play in the final of the in the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, reports

Ernesto Valverde's side needs just eight points to be confirmed as this season's champions if the second-placed Atletico Madrid don't drop any points in their remaining games. Currently have 82 points, while Atletico have 71 points after 32 rounds of games. So, if Atletico manage to win all of their remaining games, they can maximum reach up to 89 points.

Barcelona warm up for the cup final with a league match away to Celta Vigo on Tuesday night on what will no doubt be an emotional evening for Juan Carlos Unzue, who was at the Catalan giants until the end of last season.

Unzue's side are one of only two teams to have taken points from the when they drew 2-2 in their first meeting this season and Unzue has tried to give Celta a 'Barcelona style' passing game, which has at times been very effective.

However, they have also shown that they have a soft underbelly and if teams are able to close them down, as Leganes did over the weekend, they find it hard to play the ball out from the back.

The need for fresh legs in the Barcelona side and Valverde's desire to rest key players for Saturday will probably see him make some changes to the starting 11. Nelson Semedo, and all have a chance of a start, while Paulinho could continue in midfield.

It will also be interesting to see if young French Ousmane Dembele, who conceded a penalty against on Saturday, will get a chance or whether someone like or even Paco Alcacer could force their way into the side. There is little doubt that Barcelona will win the league title, the question is when they will win it.

With his side showing some signs of fatigue, Valverde's task is to juggle his pack to ensure they continue giving their best.

also play on Tuesday and travel to Deportivo la Coruna, whose survival chances got a boost with a 3-2 win in on Saturday.

are also starting to look tired, but with his side seventh in the table, Sevilla boss also has to decide whether he rests his players when a defeat could put next season's place in in danger.



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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 21:00 IST