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La Liga Games of the Week

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The La Liga is Spain's top division of soccer. Every time a match is played, the fans are usually in for an unbelievable treat as some of the world's very best players take part in this phenomenal competition.

This week, there aren't any matches that are deserving of everyone's attention, but there are matches that soccer fans -- even casual ones -- should definitely tune in to. Let's take a look at this weekend's top five matches.

5. Villarreal-Athletic Bilbao

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5. Villarreal-Athletic Bilbao

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This is a match between fourth and fifth placed sides respectively as they both have a point to prove. If the hosts win, they cut an eight point deficit down to five, whereas if the visitors win, they cement their spot in fourth by jumping up to 11. Villarreal plays good soccer at home, but Athletic Club Bilbao shows no fear no matter where they go. This will be a battle of the strikers.

Prediction: Villarreal 2, Athletic Bilbao 2

4. Real Sociedad-Valencia

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4. Real Sociedad-Valencia

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Carlos Vela and Antoine Griezmann will be responsible for pushing their side to the limit to keep a high-flying Valencia at bay when they face off in Sociedad. The visitors just won 3-0 in the Round of 16 first leg of the Europa League at PFC Ludogorets Razgrad, so this is a game they will be looking forward to.

Prediction: Real Sociedad 3, Valencia 2

3. Atletico Madrid-Espanyol

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3. Atletico Madrid-Espanyol

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The hosts will be looking to catch up to Real Madrid which is a team that is only ahead of them by three points atop the league standings. Their opponent will be none other than Espanyol, a team that defeated them in the first meeting of the season by a score of 1-0. This will be a fun one.

Prediction: Atletico Madrid 3, Espanyol 0

2. Barcelona-Osasuna

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2. Barcelona-Osasuna

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The hosts just defeated Manchester City 2-1 in the second leg of the UCL Round of 16 after shockingly losing 1-0 at Real Valladolid. Their opponents ripped Atletico Madrid 3-0 a short while ago at home which should mean that they will show absolutely no fear when they play in the Camp Nou. However, Leo Messi and company will outplay and outscore their brave visitors.

Prediction: Barcelona 3, Osasuna 1

1. Malaga-Real Madrid

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1. Malaga-Real Madrid

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The hosts are always tough, but the league-leading Real Madrid will outperform them by winning this game since they will feel the need to do so in order to keep Atletico and Barca off their back -- especially since they are also playing at home this week. Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale will lead a determined team to victory.

Prediction: Malaga 0, Real Madrid 2