Winning a league title is never easy, despite what we've seen in Spain in the past years from Barcelona and Real Madrid. Some might argue it's easier for those two teams, and while they may have a point, we should all be able to agree that there are few things harder than a team other than the "big two" trying to usurp their throne.
With two weeks left to play, Atlético Madrid are still on course to do just that.
Even with their loss to Levante loss weekend, Atléti are still in control of their fate, but they've managed to shrink their margin of error a bit. A win over Málaga on Sunday, combined with a loss or draw by Barcelona would secure the title for Atléti. If Barca match, or better, Atléti's result, the title will come down to next week's showdown at the Camp Nou between the two sides.
Atléti will get a boost from the return of Juanfran from suspension, but Diego Costa's thigh remains a concern.
Málaga are five points clear of the drop, not mathematically safe, but very close. Depending on result elsewhere, a loss could still secure their safety, but a point would likely be enough to guarantee them top flight football next season.
Atlético Madrid injuries and suspensions
In doubt: Diego Costa (thigh)
Málaga injuries and suspensions
Out: Fernando Tissone (knee)
Diego Costa's thigh will likely be a game day decision, so Atléti fans will have to hold their breath. If their leading scorer can't play, it'll likely be up to David Villa or Adrián to shoulder the load up front.
Atlético Madrid: Thibaut Courtois, Filipe Luis, Diego Godín, João Miranda, Juanfran, Thiago Mendes, Gabi, Koke, Arda Turan, David Villa, Diego Costa
Málaga: Wily Caballero, Vitorino Antunes, Weligton, Flávio Ferreira, Jesús Gámez, Sergi Darder, Ignacio Camacho, Oleksandr Yakovenko, Duda, Samu, Roque Santa Cruz
Match Date/Time: 7 p.m. local, 1 p.m. ET
Venue: Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid, Spain
TV: beIN Sports USA (U.S. - English), beIN Sports en Español (U.S. - Spanish), Sky Sports 1 (U.K.), beIn Sports Canada (Canada), Canal+ 1 (Spain)
Online: beIN Sports Play (U.S.), beIN Sports Play (Canada), Gol Stadium (Spain)