La Liga Betting: Saturday's 8pm fixtures


Athletic Bilbao 1.90 the draw 3.55 Getafe 3.90

The league championship was finalised the last time a Madrid side traveled to San Mamés, last Wednesday evening. The scenes are likely to be less joyous with the visit of Getafe, though Athletic begin their own countdown to the first of two chances of triumph. Goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz saved the first penalty of his career, the scalp of Ronaldo will mean little after the defeat however. Getafe have not scored in their last four away matches, whilst losing three. Luis García's men have looked a little disinterested in recent weeks, to be losing at both half-time and full-time its 2.95. Much will depend on the team Athletic send out with Bucharest looming in the week.

Atlético Madrid 2.05 the draw 3.50 Málaga 3.45

Whilst two Europa League finals in three years should be celebrated by the Atléti faithful, realism of their position and future should not be ignored. Star performers Diego (Wolfsburg) and Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) are not owned by the club, as Colombian striker Falcao is shared with a third-party for his rights. The green and gold movement was started by Señales de Humo, the idea borrowed from Manchester United. The clubs heavily in debt, the situation unattainable. Atlético are in 'the wrong hands' though it will take a hell of a lot to shift the ownership module.

Contrast that to Màlaga, it's fair to say they have struck lucky. Long-term plans are in place for youth development and structure, short-term arrangements are already paying off. Since the start of April they have held down a top-four place, to lose out now would be gutting. A move to La Rosaleda is now a very attractive proposition, Champions League football would certainly attract some of Europe's finest. The last time these two met it was 0-0, since then Atlético have failed to score in four league games, Màlaga just two out of a possible 19 matches, both teams to hit the net this time is 1.57.

Mallorca 1.90 the draw 3.60 Levante 3.70

Quietly plying their trade, creeping up the table. Mallorca have kept clean sheets in five of their last eight home games. Joaquín Caparrós has a wealth of experience in clubs both historically bigger and smaller than the Balearic Islands team. Next season will be telling, to how exactly good a fit the two really are.

There is something about the San Vicente de Paul road that enables struggling strikers to recover former glories. Last year Felipe Caicedo showed Manchester City what he was capable of, this season it was the turn of on-loan Sevilla forward Arouna Koné. The Ivorian hit-man would be obliged to return to Andalusia (against his wishes) should he reach 18 goals this season, having grabbed his 16th last weekend, he departed the field clutching his left leg. Only to be shown sitting on the bench applying ice to his right leg - you can never be too careful in case it spreads. He has five of his sides last ten goals, expect another low-scoring affair, under 3.5 is 1.33 or under 2.5 is 1.95.

Osasuna 1.80 the draw 3.35 Real Sociedad 4.80

Just 58 miles separate these two clubs, their predicaments are much further apart though. Osasuna still have a chance of a Europa position, which would be a fantastic achievement, Sociedad are in the Primera for another season, which is good enough for them. Only the already relegated Racing have drawn as many games this season as Osasuna, while 'Erreala' have effectively drawn their way to safety with five of the last six games ending all-square. Would it be tempting fate to suggest another even match-up here? 3.35 says No!

Real Zaragoza 1.30 the draw 5.00 Racing Santander 10.00

The home side have everything to play for, the away team just pride - if any remains. Zaragoza will not want to join their opponents in the Segunda next season, but time is running out. This is a must win game, the opportunity to stand up and be counted. To be inside that dressing room would be a dream as Manolo Jiménez embarks on a 'Churchill' type speech (the prime minister not the dog in the advert).

Racing Santander owner Ahsan Ali Syed done his 'Houdini' act a while ago. If you fail to buy Blackburn Rovers, then you must be dodgy, the so-called Indian entrepreneur was previously accused of a financial scams in Australia and Malaysia. His ability to buy the Nothern Spain side, makes the Premierships 'fit and proper' test look... well 'fit and proper' (which it clearly isn't). Zaragoza to win at home is just 1.30, but looks certain.

Sevilla FC 1.72 the draw 3.85 Rayo Vallecano 4.50

It's been a disappointing season for Sevilla, they have some tremendous players and at full strength are a difficult team to beat. They just seem a little confused with what their overall strategy is. Currently, 12th, though a European spot still mathematically possible, they have not finished outside the top six since 2003. There's a real sense of panic at Rayo, they have lost eight of their last nine games. Three points clear of the drop zone, effectively four due to their head-to-head status with Zaragoza. The fans are beginning to wonder, so too are many of the players. Sevilla to win 1.72.

Sporting de Gijon 2.40 the draw 3.35 Real Betis 2.90

El Molinón hosts another huge game for the second time this week, after Sporting's loss to Villarreal. Anything less than a win this time around would relegate the red and whites. They have scored 11 in their last five games, letting in nine. Real Betis has netted six times, conceding eight in the same timescale. Over 3.5 goals would see a 2.80 return, a quick start at over 2.5 goals in the first half looks an appetising 6.75.

Valencia 1.55 the draw 4.00 Villarreal 6.00

Veteran Carlos Marchena will miss the short trip to his old side, "It's not very fair really, I committed one foul in the whole of the game and get booked, it's not very fair is it" complained Marchena on receiving his yellow card against Sporting. On the impending departure of Valencia coach Unai Emery he was slightly more diplomatic "Valencia is Valencia, I haven't got much to say about it. I've got enough on my plate just thinking about my own team and I'm not going to stick my oar in speaking about teams I have played for in the past."

With Valencia guaranteed Champions League football next season, though not 3rd, the onus will be on Villarreal to maintain their La Liga status. A win for Valencia would seal 3rd and gain local pride, a double chance of a draw or win for Villarreal can be found at 2.45, but you would be wiser to split your bet and place the draw (4.00) and win (6.00) individually. Valencia have scored at least four goals in four of their last five home games in all competitions, over 3.5 is 2.65.