La Liga Week 36 Betting Tips and Top Match Previews

Martin Green

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 5:15 AM UTC

Wednesday, May. 1, 2019 5:15 AM UTC

There are several big games to look forward to in the Spanish top flight this weekend, including a huge relegation six-pointer between Levante and Rayo Vallecano.

<p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p></p><h2>Levante v Rayo Vallecano</h2><p></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong>Date: Saturday, May 4, at 1pm</strong></p><p><strong>Venue: Ciutat de Valencia</strong></p><p>This is a huge relegation six-pointer, as Levante are just two points clear of the drop zone and Rayo Vallecano are marooned in 19<sup>th</sup> place. Home advantage could well swing this one in Levante’s favour, as Rayo Vallecano have been dreadful on the road this season. Paco Jémez’s men have lost 13 of their 17 away games and that is what should ultimately see them relegated. Their last away game saw them lose 5-0 to Sevilla, and they have lost four straight matches on the road. Levante have won five times at home this season and they picked up a crucial 4-0 victory against Real Madrid in their last game at Ciutat de Valencia, a result that gave them a great chance of survival. They were unlucky to lose 1-0 to champions Barcelona last time out and they should fare better in this one. Rayo Vallecano have won the last two meetings between these two, but they were both at Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas, and Levante won their last game at Ciutat de Valencia.</p><p>Tip: Levante to win at 10/11 (1.91) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=3e56a0bf-7bdf-4fe1-b9a6-d22c7cc3dd2c&amp;f=1" title="Betway">Betway</a></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p></p><h2>Espanyol v Atletico Madrid</h2><p></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong>Date: Saturday, May 4, at 3.15pm</strong></p><p><strong>Venue: Cornellá-El Prat</strong></p><p>Atletico have kept clean sheets in 57% of their games this season and they have by far and away the best defensive record in the league. In their last four games, they have beaten Valladolid 1-0, Eibar 1-0 and Celta Vigo 2-0. Valencia put two past Jan Oblak, but Atletico still won 3-2. They are guaranteed to finish second in the table: they are nine points behind Barcelona and nine ahead of Real Madrid, with just three matches left. They should be able to enjoy their football for the next few weeks and they may take a few more risks than usual. Espanyol have scored in their last six games and they are cruising towards a comfortable mid-table finish. Borja Iglesias is in good form in front of goal, and Espanyol could unlock this tight Atletico defence.</p><p>Tip: Both teams to score at even money (2.0) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="William Hill">William Hill</a></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p></p><h2>Celta Vigo v Barcelona</h2><p></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong>Date: Saturday, May 4, at 8.45pm</strong></p><p><strong>Venue: Balaidos</strong></p><p>Celta Vigo have secured two wins and two draws from their last five games and they look capable of beating relegation. They are up to 15<sup>th</sup> in the table, but they are level on points with Levante and Girona and just two clear of 18<sup>th</sup> placed Valladolid, so they need to keep battling for points. They upturn in form has coincided with the return to the team of Iago Aspas. He is dangerous up front alongside Maxi Gomez. Barcelona wrapped up the title with a laboured 1-0 win over Levante last weekend, as Lionel Messi came off the bench to hand them victory. They can now channel all their energies into their two-legged Champions League semi-final clash with Liverpool, and Ernesto Valverde is likely to make 11 changes for this game. That should play right into the hands of Celta Vigo.</p><p>Tip: Celta Vigo to win at 23/20 (2.15) with William Hill</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p></p><h2>Real Madrid v Villarreal</h2><p></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong>Date: Sunday, May 5, at 3.15pm</strong></p><p><strong>Venue: Bernebeu</strong></p><p>Real Madrid’s form has been dodgy of late and they are now unable to overtake second placed Atletico Madrid in the table. They are 10 points clear of Getafe and locked in for a third place finish, so all that remains for these players is to impress Zinedine Zidane. The Frenchman led the club to three consecutive Champions League triumphs before leaving last summer, and Real Madrid imploded in his wake. Both Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari were dismissed and Zidane was parachuted in to return the club to glory. He is expected to make wholesale changes in the summer, following a series of inactive transfer windows, and several players are fighting for their futures at the club. That should be motivation enough to beat Villarreal, who are five points clear of the drop zone but unlikely to be relegated. It finished 2-2 earlier in the season, with Santi Cazorla grabbing a brace, but Real should be capable of a win at home.</p><p>Tip: Real Madrid to win at 8/11 (1.73) with Betway</p>
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