Savage gives us his thoughts on the pick of the matches in Spain’s Primera División as Barcelona begin their victory lap
Barcelona v Real Sociedad
Sat 20 May 20:00
Barcelona did not have the most amount of time to celebrate their latest title triumph before being chased off the field at the RCDE stadium. The 2-4 thumping they dished out to the home side was probably enough to get the Ultras ire up let alone celebrating on half-way at the final whistle. Xavi’s men can enjoy the procession to the end of the season but the same cannot be said for their visitors. Sociedad have a sizable gap to Villarreal but their fourth place is still not secure with 4 games left. Real have lost just one of their last 7 (W4 D2 L1) and are enjoying having their talisman Oyarzabal back in the side and among the goals after a lengthy recovery. However, 23 straight losses at the home to the Catalan giants does not make for pretty reading. That streak does not look like being snapped this time around either.
Atlético Madrid v Osasuna
Sun 21 May 15:15
Madrid hit a bump in the road on their quest for second when they fell foul of an Elche side that had won just 3 times before last weekend. However, they remain just two points off their city rivals and definitely have a golden opportunity to finish above them. The recent blip aside, Simeone’s side have been in exceptional form particularly at home. Just 1 loss in their last 14 at the Wanda (W10 D3 L1). They have also not conceded more than one goal in that time. Osasuna’s away form lies in stark contrast to that of their hosts. The Pamplona side have just 4 wins on the road. They could be forgiven for taking their eye off the ball given their magnificent run to the Copa del Rey final. Despite ultimately coming up short they are comfortably ensconced in midtable and have no worries for the remaining games.
Sevilla v Real Betis
Sun 21 Apr 20:00
It is unlikely that anyone could have expected the turnaround in the fortunes of Sevilla following the appointment of José Luis Mendilibar. Since the managerial change, Los Nervionenses have lost just once in all competitions (W7 D3 L1). Their now customary march into the business end has also been managed expertly. Were this feisty derby to have taken place just a few short weeks ago the visitors would likely have coasted to a comfortable victory. However, a recent slump in form by Betis sees them sitting a lot closer to their city rivals then some would have anticipated. Back-to-back wins for the visitors should have boosted their confidence but they should need no extra motivation heading into El Derbi Sevillano. Three red cards were dished out the last time these two sides met so expect more fireworks in this one.
Barcelona v Real Sociedad – Barcelona Win To Nil @ 21/10
Atlético Madrid v Osasuna – Atlético Madrid and Under 2.5 @ 11/5
Sevilla v Real Betis – Sevilla to Win @ 5/4
Treble @ 22/1