Why a Win Can Be Secondary

The end of La Liga is upon us, yet all the major issues have been decided so last-day drama could be restricted.

Even sports betting on an unbeaten Barcelona league campaign came to an abrupt and unexpected end last weekend so it’s hard to know where any live betting twists in football games may emerge this time.

Villarreal vs Real Madrid

In many ways, this could be played at an exhibition-like pace. But both sides have something to play for.

Villarreal certainly will not want to let fifth place, a position they have held virtually all the campaign, slip on the last day.

Meanwhile, Real would love to pip their city rivals Atletico into second spot and secure another morale-boosting win a week until the Champions League Final.

Talking Points

Zinedine Zidane is in an unusual position where he would ensure a clean bill of health at the expense of sacrificing a possible victory.

Among those likely to feature in the Estadio de la Ceramica could well be fringe players and some returning from injury, such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Dani Carvajal, who are both expected to get run-outs.

In contrast, Zidane could also name the XI he expects to make up his starting line-up in Kiev on May 26.

There are no such thoughts nor pressure for Villarreal boss Javier Calleja, who can reflect on a fine season.

History

This contest last season resulted in an exciting five-goal encounter which Real edged on their way to the title.

On that occasion, they fought back from 2-0 down to triumph.

In January, Pablo Fornals’ late goal at the Bernabeu stunned the champions and confirmed the end of their bid to retain the championship.

They would love to secure a league double against the European champions.

What are the odds?

Our handicap betting offer at us naturally favours Real at 2.22 with the Yellow Submarine pitched at 2.93 and the draw at 3.60; all present good value.

With nothing of consequence to play for in many ways, both sides may lack drive which explains why under 3.75 goals is at 2.08 or even 0-1 goal @ an incredible 9.50.

The most likely scoreline at 9.75 is a 2-2 draw.

Other notable match-ups

Week 38

  • Atletico Madrid vs Eibar (May 21, 12:30 GMT+8):

There should be a carnival atmosphere inside the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano after Los Colchoneros won the Europa League.

Victory or a draw would also clinch the runners-up spot ahead of city rivals Real.

  • Barcelona vs Real Sociedad (May 21, 02:45 GMT+8):

Double winners Barcelona bring the curtain down on La Liga in an excellent first season for manager Ernesto Valverde and a fond farewell for Andres Iniesta.

An emotional afternoon at the Nou Camp surely awaits a Barca side which even squeezed in a lucrative friendly in South Africa this week.

They need two more goals to reach a century for the league season.

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