La Liga title permutations- know the scenarios

As the La Liga enters its penultimate stage, the title race is becoming hotter than ever with Diego Simeone leading the race to lift his second league title in Spain.

Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid faces Osasuna on Sunday and Valladolid next weekend knowing that two wins from two will mathematically assure Atletico of glory.   -  REUTERS

La Liga's title race is going down to the wire, with Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Barcelona still in the mix as the league heads into the penultimate weekend of the season.

In the last gameweek, both the Madrid teams won its respective matches while Barcelona drew 3-3 with Levante and dropped crucial points in what, is undoubtedly La Liga's best title race in recent years.

How the teams stand and remaining fixtures

TeamPointsRemaining Fixtures
Atletico Madrid 80Osasuna (H), Valladolid (A)
Real Madrid78Athletic Bilbao (A), Villarreal (H)
Barcelona76Celta Vigo (H), Eibar (A)

In Spain, if points are tied at the end of the season, then the teams' head-to-head record is used to decide league standings before other criteria.

Real Madrid has a superior head-to-head record over both its rivals, while Atletico's results against Barcelona mean it would finish above them in the event of a tie.

As the league enters its final two gameweeks, there are a lot of permutations and combinations at play given the neck-to-neck title race in Spain.

What must happen for Atletico Madrid to become champion?

Atletico faces Osasuna on Sunday and Valladolid next weekend knowing that two wins from two will mathematically assure it of glory.

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Likewise, Simeone's men will be crowned champions this weekend should it win against Osasuna and Real Madrid fails to do so against Bilbao.

If it was to draw or lose to Osasuna and Real beats Bilbao, then the title will no longer be in its hands.

What must happen for  Real Madrid to become champion?

Real cannot win the title if Simeone's side wins both their remaining games.

If Real fails to beat Athletic on Sunday and Atletico beats Osasuna, the title is Atletico's.

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However, should its city rivals not pick up three points, and Real emerges victorious, it will leapfrog Atletico either by a point (in the event of an Atletico defeat) or due to its superior head-to-head record (in the case of an Atletico draw).

Should both sides win this weekend then it will go down to the final game of the season, with Real needing to win and Atletico to either lose or draw.

What must happen for Barcelona to become champion?

Ronald Koeman's team need to win both of its remaining fixtures against Celta Vigo and Eibar to stand any chance of being crowned champion. They will also be relying on slip-ups from the two sides above them.

They would need Atletico to take at most one point from their remaining two games -- should Atletico take two points and Barcelona six, then Atletico would finish ahead of them on head-to-head.

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They would also need Real to claim no more than three of the six available points on offer to them.

Should Zinedine Zidane's side achieve four points and Barca six, then Real would finish ahead of them on head-to-head.

If Atletico wins this weekend then Barcelona cannot be crowned champion.

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