Saturday, 5 May 2012

La Liga Week 37 Preview

The main business may have been decided midweek but there are still many crucial issues to determine before the Liga season concludes.With Real Madrid finally crowned champions and Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola announcing he will step down at the end of the season, this week has marked the end of an era for La Liga. Guardiola’s astonishingly successful spell as the head of the Catalonians has finally come to a self imposed end and Barca will have to settle for second best for the first time in 4 years. Meanwhile Jose Mourinho has done what he was brought in to do and we can start looking forward to next season to see whether Real can withstand Barca again and, more importantly, can the Special one bring home the Special trophy – the Champions League. Attention now turns to the dramas developing at the bottom of the table and the battle for the final European places.

The two most important games of the weekend are Sevilla v Rayo Vallecano and Real Zaragoza v Racing Santander. Real’s poorer neighbours Rayo are suddenly fighting for their Primera status having plummeted down the table after losing 8 of their last 9. It is unbelievable that the only break in this run was a 6-0 demoliton of Osasuna – a side chasing a top 5 finish. Rayo now travel to Sevilla who sit 10th and are winless in 4. Vallecano are big outsiders at 4/1 for the win but they need to do something extraordinary to save their season. Real Zaragoza are 3 points behind Rayo with just 2 games left and Luis Aragones’ side can go level on points if they beat relegated Racing. Zaragoza are one of the league’s form sides having registered back to back victories over Levante and Athletic Bilbao without conceding. Racing have slipped out of the top flight without much of a fight and Zaragoza are 1/3 for the win. Barca B winger Edu Oriol will be looking to score for his third successive game.....

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