Barca begins victory lap against Valladolid

One week after clinching its 22nd title in the Spanish top flight, Barcelona will begin its victory lap with a home match against Valladolid at Camp Nou on Sunday.

The Catalans sealed their lone piece of silverware this term with a 2-1 victory at Atletico Madrid last Sunday.

While Barcelona has already toured the city with the customary parade, the club will be able celebrate the trophy in front of its home fans in somewhat reminiscent fashion.

Three years ago, the Catalans celebrated their 20th La Liga title with a home tilt against Valladolid, a match that the champions won by a convincing 4-0 scoreline.

That 2009-10 season marked Barcelona's best-ever campaign as the club racked up a total of 99 points from its 38 matches.

With the club entering the weekend on 91 points and three matches to go, maximum points the rest of the way would see the Catalans eclipse that record and etch the current season into Barcelona lore.

The remaining La Liga slate has been reduced this weekend with Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid squaring off in the Copa del Rey final on Friday, but there is a massive battle for fourth place that will continue to take shape with Saturday's league results.

Real Sociedad and Valencia enter the weekend level on 59 points apiece, though La Real holds the edge in goal differential. Both sides will be in action on Saturday as Valencia heads to Getafe and Real Sociedad ventures to Sevilla. Granada and Osasuna, separated by two points, will square off in Saturday's other fixture as both sides attempt to pull further away from the relegation zone.

The relegation battle is heating up at the other end of the La Liga table. Only three points separate 18th place from the cellar, making this weekend's slate of fixtures essential to each club's survival hopes.

Deportivo comes into the round in 18th place on 32 points as the club hopes to inch closer to safety with maximum points over Espanyol.

Real Zaragoza sits two points clear of Deportivo and will attempt to match the preceding result when the club hosts Athletic Bilbao at La Romareda on Sunday.

Mallorca has managed just one point from its last three La Liga matches, leaving the club in last place on 29 points. The club will need to take near- maximum points from its final three matches of the season if it hopes to remain in the top flight next season, a quest that starts on Monday when it welcomes Real Betis to the Iberostar Stadium.

And in a match with little on the line other than pride, Rayo Vallecano and Levante, separated by just one point in the table, will meet at the Ciutat de Valencia.