There are Still Matters to be Settled in Spain

After another stunning week in Europe, we’re back to domestic action in La Liga and it’s all to play for with some great football games to enjoy.

The betting odds have been strongly in favour of Barcelona winning the title for some time and it could well be a done deal this weekend. But one of the top four will have to play in a qualifier for next season’s Champions League, and that’s something to avoid. Meanwhile, mobile betting fans can see more drama on the way in the relegation and Europa qualification battles. It’s a big weekend for sure!

WEEK 35 SATURDAY:

Levante vs Sevilla

What a night this could be for Levante. Two stunning free-kicks from Enis Bardhi won their last game against Athletic Bilbao, and one more win will see them safe. Sevilla are three points behind Villarreal, and level with Getafe in the chase for a Europa place, so this game will be a cracker. The hosts are at 3.60 to win, with Sevilla 1.97 and the draw at 3.55.

Espanyol vs Las Palmas

Well, there won’t be any trips to sunny Las Palmas for top flight fans next season as the Gran Canarians are finishing this campaign in disastrous form. Five consecutive defeats have doomed them, and Espanyol are one of the beneficiaries. The hosts aren’t mathematically safe but they should be by Sunday.

Real Sociedad vs Athletic Bilbao

A place behind Celta, Sociedad’s chances of European qualification are very slim after a three-match winning run was ended by Malaga last week! But you have to fancy them to beat a Bilbao side with just one win and three defeats in the last six, and the hosts are available at 1.89.

WEEK 35 SUNDAY:

Real Madrid vs Leganes

Los Blancos are gathering some momentum, already ahead in their Champions League semi, and breathing down Atletico’s necks, so there’s no reason to suggest they can’t win this Madrid derby. It’s been another cracking season for Asier Garitano’s minnows though, and they can look forward to a third season at the top table.

Villarreal vs Celta Vigo

What an odd year Villarreal have had, summed up in the last five games by beating Atletico, drawing away at Sevilla and losing to doomed Malaga. But Europa qualification looks on the cards, while Celta still hold out some hope, six points behind and with 20-goal Iago Aspas on the hunt for more.

Getafe vs Girona

These two both still have chances of Europa qualification but are going in different directions. After such a promising season, Girona have taken just four points from six games while Getafe, a place and point ahead in eighth, have won three on the bounce and are at 2.08 to make it four.

Alaves vs Atletico Madrid

Three league wins in four have elevated Alaves to 13th. But Atletico has been in patchy form, with one win in five, in all competitions, and with Los Blancos coming up on the rails. Diego Simeone’s defence is the tightest in the division, while his strikers have drawn two consecutive blanks. You can get 1.93 on over 2.00 goals here.

WEEK 35 MONDAY:

Valencia vs Eibar

Valencia can confirm Champions League qualification at the Mestalla with a win over Eibar but the hosts haven’t won in three. Still, their attack of Rodrigo, Santi Mina and Simone Zaza, with 40 goals combined, should have too much for an Eibar side, with one point from four and heading for the beach.

Deportivo La Coruna vs Barcelona

Ernesto Valverde’s Barca have been the best team in La Liga, by a distance, while Depor, surprisingly, have been one of the worst, and it’s only a matter of time until Clarence Seedorf’s side falls through the trap door. The former Dutch star will need more than a miracle as Lionel Messi seeks his 30th league goal of the season.

WEEK 35 TUESDAY:

Real Betis vs Malaga

Bottom club Malaga heads to Betis with THEIR tail well and truly up after beating Real Sociedad 2-0 last week. However, it’s all too little too late and I don’t hold out much hope for them against their fifth-placed hosts, who drew last week against Atletico after winning six on the bounce.

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What a Fabulous Fourth for the Most Brilliant Barcelona!

Sevilla 0-5 Barcelona

Barcelona won the Copa del Rey tonight at the Wanda Metropolitano with a blistering display to blow Sevilla away.

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez terrorised the Sevilla defence, scoring three before the break in a wonderful display of attacking football. The pre-match handicap betting offer said Sevilla needed a one goal advantage, but that was never enough. And with La Liga nearly wrapped up, betting websites will soon close the book on a Barca domestic double.

Ernesto Valverde’s side was in irresistible form, almost scoring at will and keeping the live betting market buzzing throughout. It took just 14 minutes for the favourites to go ahead when Philippe Coutinho stood the ball up for Suarez to poke the ball home. And the second goal was a piece of art. Jordi Alba played a beautiful one-two with Andres Iniesta before feeding Messi to fire into the roof of the net. And then Messi turned provider on 40 to thread a superb ball through for Suarez to make it three.

Any thoughts of a second half reprieve for Sevilla lasted only six minutes when Iniesta brilliantly rounded the keeper and finished from a tight angle. It could be the magnificent midfielder’s swansong for Barca and boy, it epitomised the class he’s shown for years. And then Coutinho got his reward for another impressive display, scoring from the spot after Clement Lenglet had handled in the box.

It was a display fit to win any title. Sevilla is a good side but could only stand and admire. And the Champions League semi-finalists will have watched this game with some relief that Barca is out.

But this was Valverde’s team’s night, and they still look like the best in Europe.

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Barcelona vs Sevilla

There’s going to be a packed crowd at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid this weekend as the Copa del Rey comes to town.

Barca and Sevilla fans will swarm to the capital in one of the most anticipated football games on the European calendar, and you can join in the fun with Asian Handicap Betting. Barcelona start as favourites to win a fourth consecutive Copa at 1.83 with a -1.00 goal handicap, which puts Sevilla at 2.09; and a straight draw in 90 minutes is available at 4.10.

That was the outcome in their league meeting at the end of March when Vincenzo Montella’s men were denied a 2-0 win by goals from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi in the last two minutes of normal time. But that’s the only occasion in the last five meetings when Sevilla have matched the Catalans, losing the other four and conceding at least two goals every game.

There’ll be hunger on both sides, each recently exiting the Champions League at the quarter-final stage. Sevilla, though, will hold their heads higher after pushing Bayern all the way, while Barca somehow surrendered a three-goal lead to Roma.

Ernesto Valverde’s team will also face another attacking threat in the shape of Wissam Ben Yedder and Luis Muriel, while Joaquin Correa has hit five in this competition.

Valverde rested eight players in a 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo in preparation for the final, and his defence could be boosted by the fit-again Lucas Digne. Meanwhile, Sevilla defender Simon Kjaer is hoping to be fit.

If so, he’ll need to be in top form to help his team-mates keep Messi and Suarez at bay for a full 90 minutes. But if he can’t, a repeat of the 2016 final when Barca won 2-0 could be on the cards.

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Take Your Chance on the Big Midweek Football Games

Let’s go for it! There’s a full programme in La Liga this week, and plenty of the teams in Spain’s top division need a result, and how!

So let’s take a look at the big games on offer and some betting odds with Asian Handicap Betting at us.

WEEK 33 WEDNESDAY:

Champions-elect Barcelona are the headline act on Wednesday when they make the trip to Celta Vigo, the hosts themselves still in the hunt for a Europa spot despite losing to Leganes at the weekend.

Celta have a potent threat in 19-goal Iago Aspas, backed up by 13-goal Maxi Gomez, so Barca may not have it all their own way. On their last appearance at the Balaidos, Celta thumped Sevilla 4-0; but this time, they are at 2.11 to win with a +0.75 start while Barca is at 1.84 with that handicap.

The other two fixtures see the race for sixth heat up as Villarreal host Leganes, and seventh-placed Sevilla visit Deportivo La Coruña, who have won their last two to revive their survival hopes.

WEEK 33 THURSDAY:

Real Madrid can keep hold of third place with a win over Athletic Bilbao at the Bernabeu, amidst speculation that Gareth Bale may be on his way out at the end of the season.

Los Blancos are concentrating on the Champions League after their quarter-final scare; but at 1.99 to win with a -2.00 goals handicap, they should see off Athletic who are at 1.94 with a two-goal start.

Should Real slip up, then Valencia can reclaim third with a win at home against Getafe, while Espanyol host Eibar as both teams arrive with back-to-back defeats.

WEEK 33 FRIDAY:

Second-placed Atletico Madrid take the trip to Real Sociedad trying to end a run of three away games without a win. They have won four of the last five meetings with Sociedad though and are at 2.29 to make it five from six. A home win is at 3.15 and the draw at 3.20.

Fifth-placed Real Betis can further cement its Europa place while virtually condemning Las Palmas to relegation if they win. Seventeenth-placed Levante can relegate Malaga and boost its own survival hopes with a win, while Alaves host Girona in hopes of making it three wins on the bounce.

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Take Your Chance on the Big Midweek Football Games

Let’s go for it! There’s a full programme in La Liga this week, and plenty of the teams in Spain’s top division need a result, and how!

So let’s take a look at the big games on offer and some betting odds with Asian Handicap Betting at us.

WEEK 33 WEDNESDAY:

Champions-elect Barcelona are the headline act on Wednesday when they make the trip to Celta Vigo, the hosts themselves still in the hunt for a Europa spot despite losing to Leganes at the weekend.

Celta have a potent threat in 19-goal Iago Aspas, backed up by 13-goal Maxi Gomez, so Barca may not have it all their own way. On their last appearance at the Balaidos, Celta thumped Sevilla 4-0; but this time, they are at 2.11 to win with a +0.75 start while Barca is at 1.84 with that handicap.

The other two fixtures see the race for sixth heat up as Villarreal host Leganes, and seventh-placed Sevilla visit Deportivo La Coruña, who have won their last two to revive their survival hopes.

WEEK 33 THURSDAY:

Real Madrid can keep hold of third place with a win over Athletic Bilbao at the Bernabeu, amidst speculation that Gareth Bale may be on his way out at the end of the season.

Los Blancos are concentrating on the Champions League after their quarter-final scare; but at 1.99 to win with a -2.00 goals handicap, they should see off Athletic who are at 1.94 with a two-goal start.

Should Real slip up, then Valencia can reclaim third with a win at home against Getafe, while Espanyol host Eibar as both teams arrive with back-to-back defeats.

WEEK 33 FRIDAY:

Second-placed Atletico Madrid take the trip to Real Sociedad trying to end a run of three away games without a win. They have won four of the last five meetings with Sociedad though and are at 2.29 to make it five from six. A home win is at 3.15 and the draw at 3.20.

Fifth-placed Real Betis can further cement its Europa place while virtually condemning Las Palmas to relegation if they win. Seventeenth-placed Levante can relegate Malaga and boost its own survival hopes with a win, while Alaves host Girona in hopes of making it three wins on the bounce.

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Iniesta has made his mind up

Veteran Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta says he has already made a decision on whether he will remain at the Camp Nou next season.

The 33-year-old, who has made well over 650 appearances for Barca to date, has been heavily linked with a move away from the Catalan giants this summer and Iniesta has confirmed that he has already made his choice.

He told the Spanish media after the 2-1 La Liga win over Valencia on Saturday: "I've already decided what I’m going to do. When the time comes, the club will know and so will everyone else.

"I've always enjoyed the affection of the fans and I'm grateful to them. They've been there for more than 20 years and their support was crucial for this win."

Meanwhile, Barca forward Ousmane Dembele says he has no intention of moving on at the end of the campaign, having suffered a disappointing first season at the Camp Nou.

The France international told Telefoot: "I signed a five-year contract at Barcelona. I'm going to be in Barcelona a very long time. I'm not going to leave after a season.

"I'm not in my best form, but little by little it's coming back."

Dembele has missed several months of the season due to hamstring problems and has so far made just 17 appearances for Barca, with his only goal to date coming in a 3-0 Champions League victory over Chelsea.

Barcelona are back in action next Saturday when they take on Sevilla in the final of the Copa del Rey.

The Blaugrana are 2/9 to lift he trophy in the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid and are 7/1 to win the game 2-1 in 90 minutes, with both teams to score priced at 7/10.

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Barcelona are So Happy to be Back Home

Barcelona march on to the La Liga title with a big win over Valencia, smashing another record for the Catalans.

That’s 39 league football games unbeaten for Barca, which breaks a 38-year record held by Real Sociedad. And that all means the betting odds are so fine that we can see the League Leaders picking up the trophy very soon. Football betting pundits are now backing an unbeaten season.

Barcelona 2-1 Valencia

Former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho was in scintillating form and it was another ex-Red, Luis Suarez, who benefited from an exquisite through ball to score the opener. Samuel Umtiti made it two, but there were late jitters after Daniel Parejo pulled one back from the spot.

Atletico Madrid 3-0 Levante

Atletico have a pretty firm grip on second place after an impressive win over Levante. The visitors have been in fine form but could do little to stop their hosts, with Angel Correa, Antoine Griezmann and Fernando Torres all firing home. Levante stay 17th and five points above the drop.

Malaga 1-2 Real Madrid

Real Madrid move third after former Malaga man Isco set them on the way to a narrow victory. He put Los Blancos ahead with a beautifully crafted free kick and Casemiro doubled the score with a tap-in just after the hour. Diego Rolan scored a late consolation for the bottom club.

Girona 0-1 Real Betis

Loren Moron fired home a 36th-minute winner, collecting a through ball from Joaquin and holding his nerve to give Real Betis another big win which keeps them fifth. Girona pressed for an equaliser but were frustrated by a well organised Betis defence, and back-to-back defeats have done their own Europa hopes no good at all.

Sevilla 2-2 Villarreal

The Yellow Submarine stay sixth and a point ahead of Sevilla, but it could have been much better after the visitors went 0-2 up and saw Sevilla’s Wissam Ben Yedder sent off on the hour. Dani Raba and Carlos Bacca had given Villarreal the lead before Nolito and Steven Nzonzi saved a point for the hosts.

Leganes 1-0 Celta Vigo

Leganes are as good as safe to look forward to another season in the Primera Division after Miguel Angel Guerrero scored the only goal of the game against Celta Vigo. The visitors still have an outside chance of Europa League football, but could have done without this.

Getafe 1-0 Espanyol

A spectacular free-kick from Damian Suarez was enough to lift Getafe to 10th and within six points of sixth place. Espanyol failed to respond despite gaining a numerical advantage when Mathieu Flamini saw red for a second bad challenge.

Athletic Bilbao 2-3 Deportivo La Coruna

After a shocking season, Depor haven’t quite given up hope, and a second consecutive 3-2 win has their fans hoping for a great escape. Adrian Lopez hit a double to pull Depor to within five points of safety with six games left.

Las Palmas 0-1 Real Sociedad

It’s looking grim though for Las Palmas after going down to a single goal defeat at the hands of Real Sociedad. Mikel Oyarzabal scored the telling goal which dumps the Gran Canarians ten points from safety.

Eibar 0-1 Alaves

Frustration for Eibar as a fifth-minute strike by John Guidetti lifted Alaves to virtual safety and just two points behind their 12th-placed hosts. The Swede’s accurate low strike from outside the box prompted 85 minutes of Eibar pressure but to no avail.

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Now La Liga Football Betting is Big on Europa

We’re getting close to settling a few matters in Spain, Barcelona have one hand on the title, the top four are settled, and the bottom three are drifting away.

Nothing’s finalised yet and Depor fans in particular will be watching betting odds on their survival. Eight points from safety with seven league football games left is a tall order, but not impossible. The race for sixth place is hotting up though.

Villarreal currently occupies a guaranteed Europa place but for how long? Sevilla can leapfrog the Yellow Submarine with a win when they clash on Saturday. But they have a hungry chasing pack on their heels, ready to pounce if they suffer a Champions League hangover.

WEEK 32 SATURDAY:

Girona vs Real Betis

Girona lead that group in eighth, and can steal a march when they open the weekend’s programme at home to Real Betis. European football would be a real statement of intent for moneybags Girona, but Betis are up in fifth after four wins, with Sergio Leon bagging his 11th goal of the season last week.

Sevilla vs Villarreal

Seventh plays sixth at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan; and Vincenzo Montella’s hosts will fancy their chances. Javier Calleja’s Yellow Submarine is in danger of sinking, the former player and Villarreal hero needs to galvanise his team quickly after a lacklustre display at home to Athletic Bilbao on Monday.
A likely home win is 1.87, with Villarreal at 3.95 and 3.50 the draw.

Barcelona vs Valencia

Could this be an opportunity for Valencia to hang on to third place, with Barca possibly still shell-shocked following a disastrous Champions League exit to Roma?
The visitors have won their last five and have a potent threat in the trio of Simone Zaza, Rodrigo and Santi Mina.
But hey, Barca are at 1.81 with a -1.50 goal handicap, Valencia is 2.13 with that start.

WEEK 32 SUNDAY:

Las Palmas vs Real Sociedad

Las Palmas are two points further back in 19th, ten from safety, so it looks like those sunny visits to Gran Canaria will be off for a year at least. Real Sociedad look in the mood to make the most of their trip though, after thumping Girona 5-0 last week.

Leganes vs Celta Vigo

Ninth-placed Celta Vigo are just four points behind a Europa berth, but away form has been poor with four defeats and a draw in the last five. Leganes are pretty much guaranteed a third season at the top table, but will do well to stop 19 goal Iago Aspas, who scored a hat-trick against Sevilla last week.

Athletic Bilbao vs Deportivo La Coruna

If Depor are relegated the vultures will be circling ready to pick off their best talent, including Florin Andone. Defeat in Bilbao would be a hammer blow, and their hosts have their tails up following a surprisingly easy win in Villarreal.

Eibar vs Alaves

Eibar’s season is in danger of fizzling out after staying in the Europa hunt for much of it. Two points from five games leaves the hosts seven points adrift of Europa in tenth, while 16th-placed Alaves are pretty much guaranteed survival with victory over Getafe last week.

Atletico Madrid vs Levante

If, as expected, Barca beat Valencia, then Atletico can cement second place with victory over 17th-placed Levante. Paco Lopez’ visitors are making a great attempt at survival with 11 points from five games, but stopping 18-goal Antoine Griezmann would be some achievement!

WEEK 32 MONDAY:

Getafe vs Espanyol

That result left Pepe Bordalas’ Getafe in 11th and sliding out of Europa contention, after back-to-back defeats. Meanwhile, Espanyol are in no danger of relegation, or European qualification for that matter. The visitors have lost three and drawn three of the last six on the road.
They are at 3.45 to buck that trend, with Getafe at 2.17 and the 3.10 the draw.

Malaga vs Real Madrid

Real Madrid can climb above Valencia into third, assuming they can overcome rock bottom Malaga. The hosts are doomed on 17 points, but did win in their last home game against Villarreal. But Los Blancos are visibly shifting through the gears as the Champions League comes to a climax and the form of Cristiano Ronaldo is scintillating.

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Valverde takes a domestic focus

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde wants to see a big reaction from his players after they were handed a shock Champions League exit at the hands of Roma.

The Catalan giants were beaten 3-0 in the Stadio Olimpico in the second leg of their quarter-final tie, leaving Roma winners on away goals with the aggregate score locked at 4-4.

And Valverde had few complaints about the result, while also trying to lift morale for the task of trying to complete a domestic double by winning La Liga and the Copa del Rey.

He told reporters: "We can only keep our heads up because there's no other way. They played a great game, they overcame us and we have to congratulate them.

"We have to recover because we're still in two competitions, which we want to win.

"I hope it doesn't affect the team going forward. It's a big blow for us mentally, but we have some beautiful objectives and we'll see if we can achieve them.

"Do I feel responsible? Absolutely, the coach is responsible for everything. I'm the one who picked the team, made changes, prepared us for the tie, everything."

Barca currently hold an 11-point lead at the top of the La Liga standings, with seven games to play, while they will face Sevilla in the final of the Copa del Rey later this month.

The Catalans are 1/4 to lift the Copa del Rey and are 4/9 to win the final at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid in 90 minutes, with both teams to score available at 4/6.

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Dzeko expects more from Roma

Roma striker Edin Dzeko believes there could be even more to come from his side after they sent Barcelona crashing out of the Champions League.

Dezko netted the opening goal as the Giallorossi powered to a 3-0 quarter-final second leg victory in the Italian capital, overturning a 4-1 deficit to progress to the semi-finals on away goals.

And the former Manchester City frontman is relishing an opportunity to try and go all the way and seal an unexpected Champions League success.

He told reporters: "This was the best, but even better may well be yet to come. It proved we can play against anyone. We put three goals past them and could have had more.

"I have never seen Barcelona struggle so much. We pressed them constantly from the first minute.

"We all believed, even if everyone else gave us a five per cent chance. We knew it would be tough to win 3-0, but now we've done it in such a great way, I can safely say Roma are deservedly in the Champions League semi-final.

"Every time we've faced the big clubs, we have won or got a positive result.

"Perhaps it is our fault, as when we are the favourites in a tie, we think for some reason it might be easy, but it never is easy."

Roma, who were beaten by Liverpool in the 1984 European Cup, join the Reds in the last four again this season, after the Merseysiders knocked out Manchester City.

Roma are 10/1 to win the Champions League, with Liverpool priced at 10/3 and Bayern Munich 2/1.

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