La Liga Fixtures 2016 Week 21: Schedule, Live Stream Info, Picks and Key Players

James DudkoFeatured ColumnistJanuary 22, 2016

FC Barcelona's Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring against Athletic Bilbao during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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Barcelona's ability to keep pace with Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga will be tested by a tricky away trip to Malaga. Atleti will hope to maintain their current run by overcoming Sevilla in the Spanish capital.

At the bottom of the table, Levante and Las Palmas will engage in a key clash sure to have major implications for the relegation battle.

Here is the full list of fixtures for Week 21, including schedule and streaming information, along with picks:

La Liga Fixtures Week 21: Schedule, Live Stream and Picks
DateTimeMatchLive StreamPick
Friday, Jan. 227:30 pm (GMT) / 2:30 pm (ET)Sporting Gijon vs. Real SociedadSky Go / beIN Sports Connect0-1
Saturday, Jan. 233 pm (GMT) / 10 am (ET)Malaga vs. BarcelonabeIN Sports Connect1-3
Saturday, Jan. 235:15 pm (GMT) / 12:15 pm (ET)Espanyol vs. VillarrealSky Go / beIN Sports Connect1-0
Saturday, Jan. 237:30 pm (GMT) / 2:30 pm (ET)Granada vs. GetafeSky Go / beIN Sports Connect0-0
Saturday, Jan. 239:05 pm (GMT) / 4:05 pm (ET)Rayo Vallecano vs. Celta VigobeIN Sports Connect2-2
Sunday, Jan. 2411 am (GMT) / 6 am (ET)Athletic Bilbao vs. EibarSky Go / beIN Sports Connect1-0
Sunday, Jan. 243 pm (GMT) / 10 am (ET)Atletico Madrid vs. SevillaSky Go / beIN Sports Connect2-1
Sunday, Jan. 245:15 pm (GMT) / 12:15 pm (ET)Deportivo La Coruna vs. ValenciaSky Go / beIN Sports Connect1-1
Sunday, Jan. 247:30 pm (GMT) / 2:30 pm (ET)Real Betis vs. Real MadridSky Go / beIN Sports Connect1-4
Monday, Jan. 257:30 pm (GMT) / 2:30 pm (ET)Levante vs. Las PalmasSky Go / beIN Sports Connect1-1
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Luis Suarez, Barcelona

After sitting out two games due to suspension, Luis Suarez is likely eager to vent his frustrations back in league action. He has plenty of motivation to prove his doubters wrong, especially after FIFA overlooked him at the recent Ballon d'Or ceremony.

Suarez recently told Uruguayan newspaper Ovacion (h/t Marca's Ramiro Aldunate) he "turned down the chance to go to Zurich" for the award ceremony. The player cited what he feels was harsh treatment over his biting incident involving Italy centre-back Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

With Lionel Messi sidelined, Barca will need the mercurial Uruguayan on top form. That shouldn't be a problem for the striker who has already netted 29 goals in all competitions for the Catalan club this season, according to WhoScored.com.

Suarez has been sensational for last season's treble winners. His ability to get goals, as well as create them, has become as important to Barca as Messi's typically awesome contributions.

 

Antoine Griezmann, Atletico Madrid

If Atletico are going to repeat the title-winning heroics of their historic 2013/14 campaign, Antoine Griezmann's goals will be key. The intelligent French wide forward has already bagged 18 this season, including 12 in the league, per ESPN FC.

Griezmann has been so good that his scoring exploits have now become all-too familiar, as noted by BBC Sport's Andy West:

Atleti have now geared their attacking play to release the former Real Sociedad man's clever and varied movement. Passes between the lines are threaded to meet his well-timed runs off the flank and between centre-backs.

Griezmann will make the difference against a tough Sevilla side that has its own crafty French forward in Kevin Gameiro.

Along with Suarez, Griezmann can help decide the crunch matches at the top of the table.

Elsewhere, expect Real Madrid to keep pace with a big win at Real Betis, while both Villarreal and Celta Vigo will drop points in the race to finish in the top four.