The last matchday in Spanish La Liga delivers a wide array of interesting matches with great odds at the bookies.
The Spanish football title will be decided on Sunday. It will only be the third time in La Liga’s history that the title contenders will play each other in the last day of the championship and the victor will walk away with the title crown.
Surprisingly it will not be Real Madrid and Barcelona contesting the title. This season it’s Atletico Madrid and Barca. Los Blancos fell out of the competition during the last weekend and will now have to be content with third place. But Real has already grabbed the Copa del Rey, and will be facing Atletico for the ultimate prize of the season: Champions League title.
Naturally, the upcoming game at Camp Nou is generating a lot of buzz among supporters and football fans, not to mention millions of dollars being bet on the outcome at various online sportsbooks in Spain and all over the globe.
Sunday’s title decider
Barcelona’s home stadium, Camp Nou, is the right setting for the grand finale, as if it was predisposed this way. But of course there were 37 games prior to this one played by each team during the season. The teams have already met this season in La Liga in Madrid, ending up in a goalless draw.
Last matchday in Spanish La Liga will decide everything
•Barcelona and Atletico Madrid to battle it out for the crown at Camp Nou
•Massive amount of betting under Spanish gambling laws is expected on the weekend
•Two of the five bottom teams will suffer relegation
However, it was Atletico who knocked Barca out of the Champions League in the quarter-finals. The teams played 1-1 at Camp Nou and then Atletico managed to win by a single goal at home, advancing to the semis and sending Barca home, empty-handed.
Atletico Madrid are leading La Liga with 3 points ahead of Barcelona. A win or a draw will be enough for them to clinch the title, which is usually going to either Barcelona or Real Madrid, but not this year. Should Atletico win, it will be their first title in 18 years. Their win will also mean some hefty payouts for those who bet on them under Spanish gambling laws early during the season. Barca must win to get the trophy and retain the title for another year.
Betting odds for the final matchday
Atletico are natural outsiders, considering Barcelona is especially strong on home turf. However, the odds offered to those wishing to bet on sports in Spain are pretty close for both teams. Barcelona’s success will pay at 1.83, while Diego Simeone’s team winning will man a 2.00 payout for those who believe in Atletico.
There’s more action in La Liga over the weekend, besides the title-decider. The relegation battle is waging fiercely. Betis are already set to leave the premier division, but there are two more teams to join them. These will be decided among five sides.
Valladolid, currently in 19th spot will battle it out against Granada, currently in 17th place. Granada suffered a devastating blow last weekend from Betis, and now need to win or draw to keep their place in La Liga. However, the bookies Valladolid to win with 2.10 odds compared to a line of 3.50 for Granada.
It’s shaping up as a great fixture, considering the fact that Valladolid are unbeaten at the Estadio Jose Zorrilla in 12 matches. They have already caused some serious trouble for Barca and both Madrid teams on home turf. Their win means they get to stay in La Liga, and Granada is relegated. A draw means Valladolid are relegated and Granada’s fate is decided in Osasuna v Betis match.
Osasuna are in pretty bad shape lately, and the upcoming fixture against Real Betis is their last hope to avoid relegation. Their win is valued at 1.33, while Betis’ chances are slim at 9.00 odds, the draw pays at 5.00.
Should the hosts win, they will still need to rely on Granada losing or playing a draw, or Getafe or Almeria losing, in order for them to stay in the top division. Getafe’s chances of relegating are valued at 7.50, while Almeria are outsiders in this regard with 21.00 odds for them to be relegated.