Getafe vs. Villarreal
Getafe have relinquished their grip on fourth place following a defeat at the Camp Nou in their last outing, allowing Valencia to claim that position by virtue of a superior head-to-head record.
However, most of their issues of late have come on the road as they’ve won nine of their last 12 on home soil, with the three exceptions a draw to Real Madrid, a narrow defeat to Barcelona and a loss in a derby game with Leganes.
Across all venues, only Atletico Madrid possess a better defensive record this season and we think this foundation can set them up for one final success this season.
Villarreal were under serious threat of relegation at one point, but a run a four victories form their last six has steered them clear of any danger.
Overall though, it’s been a thoroughly disappointing campaign for the Yellow Submarine and having lost seven of their past nine trips to teams above them in the table, conceding at least twice in each of these defeats, we think they they’ll succumb to this miserly Getafe outfit.
Real Madrid vs Real Betis
Defeat at Real Sociedad means Real Madrid are still winless on the road during Zinedine Zidane’s second spell at the club. It’s a different story at the Bernabue though, as they’ve won all five encounters, netting 13 times in the process.
In fact, if we exclude visits from Barcelona and Atletico, Los Blancos have won 13 of 16 matches here this term and after a disappointing campaign overall, they’ll be keen to end on a high. Like Madrid, Real Betis’ campaign has been fizzling out for a while.
They’re just W4-D3-L8 across their last 15, ending any hoped of European football next term. Furthermore, all four of those victories came against sides 14th or below in the table, as they lost five of six winless matches against teams above them.
They’ve lost four of their five encounters with Madrid since 2016/17 and this looks as if it will be five form six.
Eibar vs. Barcelona
Barcelona bounced back from the disappointment of being knocked out of the Champions League to beat Getafe last weekend. Ernesto Valverde elected to field an almost full strength team, but we’d be surprised if he were to repeat that given the league is wrapped up and the have the Copa del Rey final next weekend.
Indeed, prior to both legs with Liverpool, the Spaniard rotated heavily with the latest of those ending in defeat travelling to Celta Vigo.
Eibar are no pushovers either and their position in the league doesn’t fairy reflect what a good side they are. They’re currently down in 12th, but on expected points they would be up in sixth and they’ll fancy claiming another major scalp having already beaten Real Madrid here this term.
They’ve won nine of their last 17 on home soil and we’ll take a chance on them against a Barca outfit that could well be without Lionel Messi and co.
*all odds are subject to change