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KweséESPN preview the final fixtures of the Spanish top flight and run down what's still at stake for Africa's stars in La Liga.

It's a familiar two-horse title race at the top of the table, with Barcelona currently leading Real Madrid on goal difference.

Zinedine Zidane's side still have a game in hand on their eternal rivals, although as they juggle Champions League commitments, and in light of a crushing Clasico defeat last month, it remains to be seen whether they can hold their nerve to cross the finish line.

Currently, neither of the top two have any African players in their senior sides, although there's greater continental interest lower down the table, notably at Atletico Madrid and Sevilla, both of whom are battling for third and the final automatic Champions League spot.

Thomas Partey
Thomas Partey

Ghana's Thomas Partey at Atleti is coming into his own as the campaign draws to a close -- as he did last term -- and has delivered a series of star turns in the league as Diego Simeone shuffles his pack.

Partey scored in the 5-0 demolition of Las Palmas last weekend, and was outstanding in the 3-0 victory over Osasuna in March, despite missing a penalty.

Atleti's fine run of form leaves them in third with three to play, three points clear of Sevilla, whose African contingent of Franco-Congolese midfielder Steven N'Zonzi and Wissam Ben Yedder, who is eligible for Tunisia, have impressed this season.

Steven N'Zonzi
Steven N'Zonzi

Ben Yedder, in his first campaign outside of France after moving from Toulouse, has scored 11 in 28, while 28-year-old N'Zonzi has delivered a series of commanding displays, prompting reported interest from Barca earlier in the year.

Villarreal are in fifth on 63 points, five behind Sevilla, and not out of the running for a Champions League berth. Fuelled by the goals of Cedric Bakambu, the Yellow Submarine have won five of their last six, with the Congolese forward netting six in his last five matches.

Cedric Bakambu watches as his shot rolls into the net in Villarreal's win against Sporting Gijon.
Cedric Bakambu watches as his shot rolls into the net in Villarreal's win against Sporting Gijon.

Despite their fine form, Villarreal's hopes of a top-four finish could be extinguished this weekend when they travel to the Camp Nou on Saturday.

Basque duo Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad -- on 62 and 61 points respectively -- will contest sixth, the final Europa League qualifying berth.

At the foot of the table, Raoul Loe of Cameroon and Osasuna has already been relegated, while Granada and their African contingent of Mehdi Carcela, Mubarak Wakaso and Uche Henry Agbo joined them last weekend.

In 18th on 24 points, Sporting Gijon appear primed to drop to the second tier as well, and relegation would cap off a miserable campaign for AS Monaco loanees Lacina Traore and Elderson Echiejile -- both of whom look set to miss a memorable title-winning campaign of their parent club.

Nabil El Zhar and Leganes, six clear of the drop zone, have lost their last four, but could secure their safety this weekend.

Ed Dove is the Soccer Editor for KweséESPN. Follow him on Twitter @EddyDove.

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