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La Liga Preview: Barcelona aim for 100 points as Mourinho bids farewell

Created on May. 31, 2013 11:41 AM EST

Champions Barcelona can reach 100 points for the season by beating Malaga in the last round of La Liga matches on Saturday.

Barcelona have been in phenomenal form throughout the league campaign and are currently on an 11-match unbeaten run, with their last defeat coming at Real Madrid in March. They have lost just twice all season, and lead second-placed Real by 15 points. 

Lionel Messi will again be missing for the champions due to a hamstring injury but the Argentine has again been instrumental to his side's success, scoring 46 goals in just 32 La Liga appearances.

Elsewhere, Jose Mourinho will take charge of Real for the last time when they face Osasuna. Mourinho's tenure has finished in disappointing fashion, with the club drawing their last two La Liga fixtures and losing in the Copa del Rey final to rivals Atletico Madrid on May 17.

Real fans are hoping that Cristiano Ronaldo - who has scored 34 La Liga goals in 2012-13 - does not follow his fellow Portuguese through the exit door, as the ex-Manchester United forward has been linked with a potential return to the Premier League.

In the battle to beat the drop, four teams will fight it out for 17th position to guarantee top-flight football next season.

Deportivo La Coruna currently occupy the position and, despite losing 3-1 to Malaga on Sunday, will be hopeful of beating UEFA Champions League-chasing Real Sociedad at home.

Celta Vigo (18th) and Zeal Zaragoza (19th) host Espanyol and Atletico Madrid respectively, while bottom-placed side Mallorca entertain Real Valladolid.

Valencia can secure their position in next season's UEFA Champions League if they win their fifth consecutive game against Sevilla.

A Roberto Soldado goal in the 60th minute against Granada put them in fourth position, ahead of Sociedad in fifth.

Elsewhere Getafe travel to Granada, Levante take on Real Betis and Rayo Vallecano host Athletic Bilbao.

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