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20.04.2009 17:46

Back-to-back fixtures against main rivals

Marc Guillén

This Wednesday against Seville Barça kicks off a series of four League fixtures against their closest pursuers. The outcome of the League could be decided in a series of games that went well for Barça in the first half of the season.

The League is at the decisive stage with just 7 games to go in the run-in, and the top of the table sides play each other over forthcoming weeks.

Difference with Madrid

QM3D1507.jpgBarça are to play Seville, Valencia, Madrid and Vila-real in that order. Madrid’s schedule is much the same with the difference that whilst Barça play two of these games away, Madrid will be on the road three times.

Victories in first half of season

In the first half of the season Barcelona took all twelve points out of their four encounters, beating Seville ( 0-3 ) and Vila-real ( 1-2 ) away, and Valencia ( 4-0 ) and Real Madrid ( 2-0 ) at home.

What the others did

QM3D1411.jpgThe record of the other teams was not as impressive as Real Madrid got 6 points, Seville 7 and Vila-real 1. Barça got 6 points more than Madrid out of these games, which is oddly enough the difference which now separates the two teams.

Chelsea in the middle

In the first half of the season Barça played these four games in four weeks with just one other game against Shaktar. This time round they will play the four in three weeks with two Champions League semi-final games in the middle. The match against Real Madrid at the Bernabé takes place between the first and second legs of Barça’s clash with Chelsea.
Back-to-back fixtures against main rivals
One goal in four games
At present Guardiola’s team has kept a clean sheet in its last six League games. The excellent defensive work by the entire team has been crucial in their six wins in a row, just as it was in the four games against their immediate rivals in the first half of the season, when Barça let in just one goal, against Vila-real.

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