When Round 25 in the Spanish Primera Division concludes on Monday there will be 13 rounds of play left in the 2013/14 season over the next three months. Still plenty of time for many things to change but if you look at the table now, it's encouraging to see how close the various races are.
Everyone is aware of the title race of course where Barcelona are on top despite being tied on 60 points with both Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid. The three teams have been getting closer and closer since the new year and are now engaged in easily the most exciting title races in years. Sure Barca and Madrid have had some duels recently but the fact that a third team is involved is a welcome change of pace.
Madrid and Atléti both face winnable matches this round as Los Blancos welcome Elche to the Bernabéu and Atléti travels to face Osasuna. Barca have the most difficult match on paper as they must head to the Basque Country for a tricky match-up against Real Sociedad.
Sure Barca recently defeated La Real in the Copa del Rey semifinals but every game is a different entity and the home side was able to get a 1-1 draw in the second leg at the Anoeta. In fact, the Blaugrana haven't won a game away against La Real since 2007.
In the race for fourth Athletic Bilbao sit four points clear of both Villarreal and the aforementioned Real Sociedad. Athletic gets to face last place Real Betis who are coming off mid-week action in the Europa League, while Villarreal faces a tough test on the road against Espanyol. It could be a chance for Athletic to extend their lead if results break their way.
Here's the full schedule of games for round 25 in Spain.
Friday, February 21
Saturday, February 22
Real Madrid vs. Elche | 10 a.m. ET, 4 p.m. CEST
Real Sociedad vs. Barcelona | 2 p.m. ET, 8 p.m. CEST
Almeria vs. Málaga | 4 p.m. ET, 10 p.m. CEST
Sunday, February 23
Real Betis vs. Athletic Bilbao | 11 a.m. ET, 5 p.m. CEST
Osasuna vs. Athletic Madrid | 3 p.m. ET, 9 p.m. CEST
Monday, February 24
Espanyol vs. Villarreal | 4 p.m. ET, 10 p.m. CEST