La Liga Fixtures 2014 Week 37: Schedule, Live Stream Info, Picks and Key Players

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistMay 11, 2014

Atletico's Raul Garcia, centre, celebrates his goal with Tiago during a Spanish Copa del Rey soccer match between Atletico de Madrid and Valencia at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
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As Europe's domestic seasons draw to a close, La Liga enters its closing stages with Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid still locked in a three-sided chase for the title.

Los Rojiblancos lead the way by three points but have a Champions League final opposite Real to consider, putting a strain on the club to perform in their two remaining league fixtures.

At the other end of the standings, Real Betis' fate is already sealed, but there are a bounty of clubs still within relegation's reach.

Week 37's fixture list and viewing information is detailed below, along with analysis on which players are worth watching out for in particular.

La Liga Week 37 Schedule
DateFixtureTimeLive StreamPrediction
Saturday, May 10Villarreal vs. Rayo Vallecano7 p.m. BST/2 p.m. ETSky Go app (subscription required)2-2
Saturday, May 10Levante vs. Valencia9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ETSky Go app (subscription required)1-2
Sunday, May 11Athletic Bilbao vs. Real Sociedad4 p.m. BST/11 a.m. ETN/A2-0
Sunday, May 11Atletico Madrid vs. Malaga6 p.m. BST/1 p.m. ETSky Go app (subscription required)2-0
Sunday, May 11Elche vs. Barcelona6 p.m. BST/1 p.m. ETN/A1-2
Sunday, May 11Getafe vs. Sevilla6 p.m. BST/1 p.m. ETN/A1-1
Sunday, May 11Granada vs. Almeria6 p.m. BST/1 p.m. ETN/A1-0
Sunday, May 11Real Betis vs. Real Valladolid6 p.m. BST/1 p.m. ETN/A1-1
Sunday, May 11Espanyol vs. Osasuna6 p.m. BST/1 p.m. ETN/A2-1
Sunday, May 11Celta Vigo vs. Real Madrid6 p.m. BST/1 p.m. ETN/A1-3
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Key Players to Watch

Atletico Madrid vs. Malaga: Tiago

While he may be the most seasoned outfield player in Diego Simeone's ranks, Tiago has overcome any stereotypes that may come with advanced age and become an integral part of the team.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 31:  Tiago Mendes of Atletico de Madrid faces the media during a press conference ahead the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match against FC Barcelona at Camp Nou on March 31, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Dav
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Atleti failed to stretch their La Liga lead last time out, losing 2-0 at Levante in a fixture that will have undoubtedly shaken some life into those who needed it most.

The official Champions League Twitter account quotes the midfielder as being confident in his team's ability:

With the visit of Malaga, Tiago has a particularly tough individual battle ahead, where he'll be pitted opposite the Anchovies' star man Ignacio Camacho, who has continued to impress despite some of his outfit's disappointments this term.

Where Camacho will seek to disrupt the movements of Atletico Madrid's midfield, Tiago will seek to be the foundation upon which Simeone's more creative assets can express themselves, as has been the case for much of this season.

Prediction: Atletico Madrid 2-0 Malaga

 

Elche vs. Barcelona: Ruben Perez

As things stand, Elche are still within reach of the bottom three, but a dramatic victory over Barcelona on Sunday would be just about enough to save their season.

GETAFE, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 09:  Domingo Cisma (#23) and Ruben Perez (#6) of Elche FC applaud their travelling supporters after they drew 1-1 against Getafe during the La Liga match between Getafe CF and Elche FC  at Coliseum Alfonso Perez stadium on Novembe
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In that pursuit, top performer Ruben Perez will be of vital significance, anchored in his central role, with the hope that Barca's wealth of creative talents can be quelled.

Getafe and Granada have both shown in recent weeks that there is a way to stop La Blaugrana, isolating the individual assets of Gerardo Martino's squad and preventing them from coming together as a cohesive unit.

According to WhoScored.com, Perez—on loan from Atletico—has made an average of 3.5 tackles per game this league season, and he'll need to keep those kind of numbers up if Barcelona are to be further repelled in their title chase.

Prediction: Elche 1-2 Barcelona

 

Celta Vigo vs. Real Madrid: Raphael Varane

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 02:  Real Madrid player Raphael Varane listen to questions from the media during a press conference ahead of the UEFA Champions League Quarterfinal match between Real Madrid and Galatasaray AS at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on April 2,
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Real Madrid's 1-1 draw against Real Valladolid in midweek was disappointing in that not only does it mean Carlo Ancelotti's men are as good as out of La Liga title contention, but Sky Sports report that centre-back Pepe may be out for the Champions League final.

As such, Raphael Varane is expected to come in for this weekend's trip to Celta Vigo, with Inside Spanish Football quoting the defender as saying that his knee injury is a thing of the past:

Ancelotti will hope that is the case as a strong showing against Celta will only boost the manager's confidence in starting him against Atleti should Pepe be unable to recover in time for the European final.

Prediction: Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid