Barcelona will play Granada on Saturday in the Spanish La Liga, with the Catalan side knowing if they can claim all three points today they will return to the summit of the table – with Atletico Madrid not playing until Sunday. Today's big game will start at 2 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
Barcelona will feel wounded coming into this match. They were knocked out of the Champions this last week by Spanish rivals Atletico Madrid, 2-1 on aggregate over the two legs.
That shock win for Atletico means that two Madrid teams will progress through to the semi finals of the Champions League, where as the Catalan giants crash out.
Worse still, Barcelona are also playing second fiddle to Atletico in the Spanish La Liga, as the Madrid team have a one point advantage over Barca coming into this weekend.
With just 6 games to go of the season, time is running out for Barca to overturn the advantage.
However, if both Barca and Atletico win out their seasons until the final game of the La Liga season, then the two teams will face off against one another – and that will be Barcelona's chance to get revenge and leapfrog their tormentors to win the league title. But there must be serious doubts over whether Barcelona can do that given that Atletico got the better of them over two legs in the Champions League over the past fortnight.
Just weeks ago Real were in the driving seat in La Liga, however back to back losses against Barcelona and Sevilla saw them drop to third in the table, and now they must win out their season and hope that both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid slip up at various points during the tense run in.
This season is the tightest and most exciting La Liga title race for years. For a decade, the league has been a two horse race between Real and Barca, however, this season Atletico have emerged as a top team, and with just half a dozen games to go they are amazingly at the top of the pack.
Many heads are now turning to see if Atletico can continue their push for just a few months more, and wondering whether they can do the unthinkable – win La Liga and the Champions League. If they manage that it will undoubtedly be one of the greatest achievements of any of the clubs out of the regular circle of football giants in European soccer for years.
The game between Barcelona and Granada will start at 2 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream by clicking here.