The first of this week’s highlights comes as Real Madrid host relegation threatened Almeria at the Santiago Bernabéu, where they’ll be looking to claim 3 valuable points to ensure they’re hot on the heels of 1st place Barcelona, who themselves beat Getafe 6-0 last night following a blistering first half display that saw them go into the half time break 5-0 up! Real are still without injured trio Luka Modric, Gareth Bale & Karim Benzema, in addition to missing the influential Sergio Ramos, who misses out through suspension. However, Real may find some comfort in the form of on loan striker Javier Hernandez. Chicharito has scored 4 in his last 4 games following a recall to the starting 11 and will be looking to continue to impress as he pushes for a permanent transfer to the European Champions. Recent form suggests Almeria will not put up too much of a fight, given that they’ve only won twice in their last 11 outings and also struggle to score goals having only found the net 29 times in 32 games this season.
Elsewhere in Spain, Atletico Madrid will be hoping neighbours Real slip up at home whilst they visit 6th place Villarreal in the search of 3 points to aid their push for second place. Although they can mathematically still retain their La Liga title, it would require Barcelona to lose at least 3 matches in addition to themselves winning at least 4 of their remaining 5. Atletico will be hoping forward Antoine Griezmann can continue his recent form, following the Frenchman’s 8 goals in his last 7 matches.
Moving across the pond, we’re now into the business end of the season in the NBA as the first half of the last 8 have now been confirmed. Already we’ve seen the Golden State Warriors, Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers and the Houston Rockets pass qualify for the Conference Semi Finals and over the next 2 nights we could see the San Antonio Spurs and the Memphis Grizzlies join them.
Finally this week, we bring to you the Ice Hockey World Championships from the Czech Republic (restrictions apply). The tournament begins with three matches tomorrow as favourites Russia take on Norway, second favourites Canada take on Latvia and hosts Czech Republic play 3rd favourites Sweden. We have the streaming rights for the whole tournament, so keep your eyes peeled on the schedule for continuous updates.
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