Savage gives us his thoughts on the pick of the matches in Spain’s Primera División as Barcelona could finally be crowned champions
Real Madrid v Getafe
Sat 13 May 20:00
Los Blancos form has been a little shaky over the past few weeks but being Madrid, they still managed to pick up another piece of silverware along the way. Given the magnitude of the two fixtures either side of this derby meeting it would be easy to see how the home side could lose focus. The league is out of reach for another year but there is still very much a Champions League to be won. It is highly likely that Ancelloti will rotate heavily for this outing.
It is not hard to see why the visitors are battling it out in the relegation places. Just 1 win in 7 (W1 D2 L4) this late in the season could spell disaster but they still have hope of securing top flight football for another year. If Real take their eye off the ball there is a slim chance the away side could return home with points.
Elche v Atlético Madrid
Sun 14 May 15:15
Atlético have been a revelation in the second half of the season. Since the turn of the year they have played 18 times and have lost just twice (W13 D3 L2), both 1-0 to the champions elect which is absolutely no disgrace. Simeone has clearly given his charges the boost they need to start playing some very entertaining and ultimately rewarding football. Their 5-1 drubbing of Cádiz last time put them a point ahead of their city rivals which nobody would have predicted would be possible even just a few weeks ago.
In Elche they face a team that is comfortably the worst in the league. Just 3 wins and a miserable 16 points to show for their efforts and they have long since been resigned to their fate. There is little hope of an upset in this one as Madrid will look to turn on the style in their quest to secure second place.
Espanyol v Barcelona
Sun 14 Apr 20:00
Barcelona could be in possession of their 27th La Liga title even before they kick a ball at the RCDE Stadium. If both Madrid teams were to lose the Catalan side would once more have ascended to the pinnacle of Spanish football. However, it is likely that Xavi’s side will want to put the icing on the cake against their nearest neighbours and secure the title with a win. Just 3 wins in their last 6 (W3 D2 L1) does not exactly point to a team that should be 13 points clear. That being said this Barca side has had to dig deep to grind out results at times including eleven 1-0 wins.
Their hosts by contrast have not had much go right for them. Espanyol have registered just 1 win their last 10 (W1 D1 L8) which has put them in a perilous position. As a result of having a worse goal difference than the two sides above them they remain 4 points from safety. This match has often been a spicy affair with 5 red cards in the previous two meetings. Expect both teams to give everything in this one.
Real Madrid v Getafe – Getafe Double Chance @ 7/5
Elche v Atlético Madrid – Antoine Griezmann Anytime Goalscorer @ 13/10
Espanyol v Barcelona – Barcelona and Over 2.5 @ 7/5
Treble @ 12/1