Spanish football fans won’t need to wait much longer to officially crown their Champions as the long La Liga season promises to come to a climatic end this weekend, with the final fixtures taking place this Saturday and Sunday.
Enjoy a closer look at some of the best Spanish football on offer this week as teams fight for their last chance to collect three points.
LA LIGA: CHAMPIONS
For some time in Spain, it looked like Diego Simeone might run away with his second La Liga title of his career after his Atletico Madrid side managed to attain a nine-point advantage on the table.
Although their Madrid rivals have caught up with them and lowered the gap to within striking distance, the advantage still remains on the side of Atleti come the final La Liga fixtures this weekend.
After beating Osasuna 2-1 last Sunday, the would-be champions went two points clear of Real Madrid while also growing their goal difference to +41 (Madrid’s +38). Come this Saturday, Atletico Madrid line up for their all-important last game of the season against a Real Valladolid side fighting for their lives in the relegation zone.
It’s not been the season Real Madrid fans were hoping for.
After claiming the La Liga 19/20 trophy last season, there was a sense around the Santiago Bernabeu that Zidane’s side would be back at their best, competing for the biggest awards on the continent.
However, this was not to be. Unwelcome news of Super League competitions coupled with disappointing domestic and international cup exits could leave one of the most expensive squads ever assembled trophyless at the end of the season.
Nevertheless, there is still a ray of hope for Los Blancos fans. Should Atletico Madrid lose to Real Valladolid this Saturday, Real Madrid’s fortunes could turn around in the blink of an eye as a win against Villarreal would guarantee them the table’s top spot. A draw for Atletico Madrid could also put Real Madrid into the driving seat if they can iron out their goal difference in 90 minutes this Saturday.
LA LIGA: CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Barcelona’s defeat (1-2) against RC Celta de Vigo last weekend ensured Ronald Koeman’s side would finish outside of the top two for the first time since 2008.
Although their third-place position still requires some cementing, with Sevilla lurking just two points behind, Barcelona’s tally of 76 has secured Champions League football for next year regardless of their result this weekend.
For their last game of the season, the Copa del Rey champions are the favourites to win against SD Eibar at 1/2 (1.50).
Julen Lopetegui’s magic has helped Sevilla creep up the La Liga table and claim a Champions League spot for their own.
Sevilla still find themselves some ways off the “Big Three” Spanish clubs in terms of finance. On the pitch, however, Los Nervionenses have fought tooth and nail to ensure that they are still in the running come the final league fixtures of the season.
Secured in fourth place with 15 points to spare, Sevilla will be looking at the opposite end of the table come this Sunday, with a vulnerable Barcelona sitting just two points away.
Sevilla play host to Deportivo Alavés with the home side calculated at 4/7 (1.57) to take the full three points.
Although they are some ways off the top four positions on the La Liga table, Villarreal still have an outside chance to claim a Champions League spot after defeating Arsenal (2-1) to make it to the Europa League final.
Come 26 May, Villarreal line up against Manchester United for the chance to make history and claim their first Europa League title in Stadion Miejski, Gdansk. And, while the English side are the favourites to secure the headlines at 4/5 (1.80), Villarreal will run out into the pitch under the management of the most successful coach in the competition, Unai Emery.
LA LIGA: EUROPA LEAGUE
Real Sociedad cling onto La Liga’s fifth-place position as Spain’s final league fixtures take place over the weekend.
Ahead of Real Betis and Villarreal by just one point, Imanol Alguacil must make sure that his side come away from their battle against CA Osasuna this Saturday with all three points if he wishes to see his team fight in the Europa League next season.
Real Sociedad are at 5/8 (1.62) to beat their opponents this Saturday and secure European football.
LA LIGA: RELEGATION
Disappointing seasons all around for SD Huesca, Elche CF, Real Valladolid CF and SD Eibar who are all fighting to get out of the relegation zone.
In 17th place with 33 points and ahead due to their goal difference of -19, SD Huesca are at 7/10 (1.70) to beat Valencia this Saturday.
In 18th place with 33 points and a goal difference of -23, Elche CF are at 9/10 (1.90) to claim three points against Athletic Bilbao.
Valladolid are in 19th place with 31 points and a goal difference of -22. Three points this Saturday could keep them safe if teams above them drop points; however, they will be playing the current first-place holders, Atletico Madrid. Real Valladolid CF come in at 8/1 (9.00) to upset the leaders and claim victory.
SD Eibar are the last team on the La Liga table with a seasonal tally of 30 points and a goal difference of -23. Although it is unlikely that they will sneak out of relegation, crazier things in football have happened. SD Eibar are at 5/1 (6.00) to defeat Barcelona this Saturday.
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*Odds subject to change. Odds correct at time of publishing.