La Liga Table 2014 Week 36: Updated Standings Following Matchday 35

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 25, 2014

Real's Gareth Bale celebrates scoring his team's 2nd goal during the final of the Copa del Rey between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
Alberto Saiz

With only a few weeks remaining in the La Liga season, every single point is important. A club looking to move up from its current position cannot afford anything but a win in the upcoming matches.

This mindset will especially be true for the teams at the top looking to bring home a title. Atletico Madrid currently sit comfortably in first place, entering Week 35 with a four-point lead over Barcelona. Real Madrid are in third place at six points behind, but they have a match in hand after a week off.

Besides this race, the competition for next season's tournaments, as well as those avoiding relegation, create an exciting atmosphere heading into the weekend.

Here is a look at the latest league table and results from the week of action.

La Liga Table (as of April 27)
1Atletico Madrid3528437522+5388
3Real Madrid3426449832+6682
4Athletic Bilbao3519886238+2465
6Real Sociedad35169105951+857
9Rayo Vallecano35134184571-2643
10Celta Vigo35127164051-843
19Real Valladolid34614143250-2132
20Real Betis3457222969-4022
La Liga Results Matchday 35
DateHomeScore/Time (ET)Away
April 25Elche1-1Levante
April 26Granada0-3Rayo Vallecano
April 26Getafe1-0Malaga
April 26Real Madrid4-0Osasuna
April 26Real Betis0-1Real Sociedad
April 27Espanyol1-2Almeria
April 27Valencia0-1Atletico Madrid
April 27Athletic Bilbao3-1Sevilla
April 27Villarreal2-3Barcelona
April 28Celta Vigo4-1Real Valladolid

The weekend got started with an exciting back-and-forth battle between Levante and Elche. Despite a scoreless first half, both sides had plenty of opportunities with shots that continually sailed just wide of the net.

Elche finally got on the board in the 63rd minute when Richmond Boakye drilled a shot from just inside the box. However, Levante were able to answer in the 74th minute on a score by Angel. William Abbs of Football Radar described the moment:

While the two sides had a few more chances, neither were able to break the draw and it ended 1-1. Elche should especially be disappointed in the result as the home team held possession for much of the match and took 22 shots. Unfortunately, they were only able to leave with one point.

The action continued on Saturday with Real Madrid taking care of business with a 4-0 win over Osasuna. Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in the win as the squad remained in contention for a league title. 

They have already won the Copa del Rey and have a 1-0 lead over Bayern Munich in the semifinals of Champions League. While a treble will not be easy, it is not impossible. However, manager Carlo Ancelotti admitted that winning the upcoming match against Osasuna will be a tough challenge, via Dermot Corrigan of ESPN FC:

The team will change a little but not much, because the game against Osasuna is important. We are trying to recover energy and to be focused because we are in the battle for the league title. The objective is to win all our games. It is not easy, as we used a lot of energy against Bayern. Physically we are not at 100 percent.

The latest win showcased the club's resolve and ability to perform well despite not being in top form.

While Atletico Madrid could come one step closer to clinching La Liga this week, a road win at Valencia will not be easy, either. The good news is that the current leaders have won their last eight league matches and have only conceded one goal in that stretch.

This is bad news for Barcelona, who are still hoping that the club in front of them in the standings will slip up somewhere. The players will certainly be playing with a heavy heart due to the death of former manager Tito Vilanova:

Going on the road against Villarreal with numerous injuries all over the pitch, Barca will struggle to get a victory.

If any of these three top clubs fail to get three points, it could dramatically change the outlook of the league title.

Andres Kudacki

Meanwhile, one of the more important matches of the week is between Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao. The latter had a significant lead for the fourth spot in next year's Champions League but a loss to Barcelona has narrowed it down to just three.

Sevilla have been in good form lately having scored at least two goals, four matches in a row, all of them wins. However, they have to be cautious about an aggressive opponent in Bilbao:

Both teams know that this match could end up deciding which side finishes in a top four spot.

On Monday, another club concerned about next year will play as Real Valladolid takes on Celta Vigo while trying to avoid relegation. They come into the week tied with Getafe for the last spot remaining in the top-flight league. While they have a match in hand, that has not necessarily helped them this year.

A win could go a long way, but like everything else this week, it should be a competitive battle from start to finish.

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