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La Liga Table 2016: Saturday's Week 25 Results, Updated Standings and Title Odds

Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez gestures during the Spanish league football match UD Las Palmas vs FC Barcelona at the Gran Canaria stadium in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on February 20, 2016. / AFP / JAIME REINA        (Photo credit should read JAIME REINA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistFebruary 20, 2016

Barcelona stretched their lead at the top of La Liga to nine points on Saturday as they defeated Las Palmas 2-1 at the Estadio Gran Canaria.

Luis Suarez and Neymar struck in the first half to gain maximum points for the Blaugrana as their procession to the Primera Division title continues.

The victory shortened Barca's odds to become champions of Spain once more, and the leaders are now 1-12 to retain their La Liga crown, according to Oddschecker.com.

In Saturday's other matches, Espanyol stunned Deportivo La Coruna and grabbed a vital 1-0 win in Catalonia. Real Betis drew 1-1 with Sporting Gijon, and Celta Vigo beat Eibar in the night's late game, winning 3-2 to move up to sixth place. 

Here are the results from Saturday's games, including current title odds and updated standings:

La Liga 2016: Saturday's Week 25 Results
Las Palmas1-2Barcelona
Espanyol1-0Deportivo La Coruna
Real Betis1-1Sporting Gijon
Celta Vigo3-2Eibar
Sky Sports
Latest La Liga Title Winning Odds
TeamOdds
Barcelona1-12
Real Madrid5-1
Atletico Madrid9-1
Villarreal500-1
Oddschecker.com
Latest Spanish Primera Division Standings
PosClubPWDLGDPoints
1Barcelona2520324763
2Atletico Madrid2417342454
3Real Madrid2416534753
4Villarreal2414641248
5Sevilla2411761040
6Celta Vigo251159-638
7Eibar251069636
8Athletic Bilbao241059135
9Deportivo La Coruna256145232
10Real Sociedad248610030
11Malaga248610030
12Valencia246108328
13Real Betis256910-1527
14Getafe257513-1326
15Espanyol257414-2625
16Sporting Gijon256613-1424
17Rayo Vallecano246612-1724
18Las Palmas255614-1621
19Levante245515-2120
20Granada245514-2420
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Saturday Recap 

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The Barcelona express train steamed ahead on Saturday as the treble winners overcame Las Palmas.

Suarez scored the opener after just six minutes, but the hosts immediately struck back as Willian Jose added his name to the scoresheet.

Las Palmas were in a buoyant mood in the first half but were put back in their place by Barca six minutes before the break.

Neymar grabbed his team's second of the game—and the eventual match-winner—sealing the points.

The Yellows battled hard against their illustrious opponents and fielded an attacking lineup, as highlighted by ESPN's Dermot Corrigan:

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The second half was more of a procession as both teams created half-chances, but Barca always looked comfortable and ready to move through the gears.

It was a strangely subdued performance from Lionel Messi, fresh from his success of becoming the first player to score 300 goals in La Liga.

Blaugrana coach Luis Enrique was satisfied with his team's display at full-time, according to Lewis Dean of Sky Sports.

"I don't think there was a lack of rhythm," Enrique said. "It was an effective performance. I am happy with what I have seen, but we can improve things. We had chances to close out the game."

Barca are now unbeaten in their last 32 matches in all competitions, per Dean, and it is difficult to imagine either of the Madrid powerhouses catching them at the summit. 

BARCELONA, SPAIN - JANUARY 06:  Marco Asensio of Espanyol runs with the ball during the Copa del Rey Round of 16 match between FC Barcelona and Real CD Espanyol at Camp Nou on January 6, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty
Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images

Depor lost ground in the top half of the table as they fell in a surprise 1-0 defeat at lowly Espanyol in Barcelona. 

A poor and goalless first half was punctured by a Marco Asensio strike seven minutes after the restart.

The attacking midfielder—on loan from Real Madrid—found the top-right corner, and his goal was enough to claim maximum points.  

Gijon believed they were on their way to victory when they took the lead against Betis at the Benito Villamarin, but the hosts took just two minutes to strike back and earn a point.

Castro gave the visitors the advantage after a devastating counter-attack after 65 minutes, but defender German Pezzella came up with the goods as his shot found the bottom corner for Betis.

Celta's Swedish forward John Guidetti celebrates his goal with teammates during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs RC Celta de Vigo at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on February 14, 2016.

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In Saturday's final match, Celta recaptured lost form as they defeated Eibar 3-2 after a calamitous run in La Liga.

Two quick goals before half-time gave the Celtics overall control, squeezing Eibar's opportunity of a share of the spoils.

John Guidetti scored the opener just after the half-hour mark, assisted by Iago Aspas. The hosts only had to wait a further eight minutes to double their advantage after prodigious wide player Jonny netted from long range.

Guidetti claimed his brace midway through the second half as Celta made sure of the points to climb above Eibar into sixth. 

EIBAR, SPAIN - JANUARY 18:  Takashi Inui of SD Eibar reacts during the La Liga match between SD Eibar and Granada CF at Ipurua Municipal Stadium on January 18, 2016 in Eibar, Spain.  (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)
Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

However, Saul converted what appeared to be a consolation for the Gunners from the penalty spot with six minutes remaining, sparking an unexpected revival. 

Japan international Takashi Inui scored Eibar's second goal three minutes later, leading to a grandstand finish. Celta were forced to hauled themselves over the line in a game that looked dead and buried only minutes from the final whistle.

Real and Atleti would have been watching Barca closely on Saturday, and even when the Blaugrana are not at their best, they have a deadly knack of winning games.

Messi was anonymous during the fixture with Las Palmas, but Barca never looked in trouble at any point, despite a spirited performance from their island opposition. 

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