Barcelona (1st) vs Athletic (11th)Brain-dead Spanish football busy bodies have now got a difficult dilemma on their dilettante hands. And thatÃ¢ÂÂs never a good thing, considering their current inability to handle kick-off times, competent referees, TV deals and child-proof bottles. The Athletic vs BarÃÂ§a Copa del Rey final, set to be played on the May 13, has thrown up some incredibly inconvenient issues.
Plan A - arranged before the finalists were known - had the tie taking place in ValenciaÃ¢ÂÂs Mestalla stadium. But as Athletic plan to bring the entire population of Bilbao to the game, while BarÃÂ§a can count on their solid 27-strong away support, the Basque club has asked for the match to be moved to the Bernabeu which can seat a good 85,000 as opposed to MestallaÃ¢ÂÂs less than formidable 49,000.The other troubling in-tray bulging issue for FA bigwigs - and one which will probably take up most time in pre-match planning - is how to drown out the inevitable boos and jeers from both sets of supporters when the Spanish national anthem is played and the King is wheeled out to meet the players. LLL Prediction - Home winReal Madrid (2nd) vs AtlÃÂ©tico (5th)To steal outrageously from The SimpsonsÃ¢ÂÂ Kent Brockman, when tentacled, tripod-treading titans from outer space enslave the human race, MarcaÃ¢ÂÂs Roberto GÃÂ³mez will be the first to welcome our alien overlords. To get the crazy columnistÃ¢ÂÂs grovelling respect, there are just four rigid requirements - being rich, greasy-haired, a president and possessing the ability to give GÃÂ³mez endless free lunches. The latest target for RobertoÃ¢ÂÂs romancing is MadridÃ¢ÂÂs latest Big Man, Vicente Boluda, who is described in FridayÃ¢ÂÂs column as Ã¢ÂÂa serious, honourable and respectable manÃ¢ÂÂ who Ã¢ÂÂdeserves more respect.Ã¢ÂÂ He was also Ramon CalderÃÂ³nÃ¢ÂÂs VP and therefore just as culpable for all of his former bossÃ¢ÂÂ balls-ups, some might counter. The reason GÃÂ³mez has gone to his latest love-targetÃ¢ÂÂs defence is criticism over BoludaÃ¢ÂÂs decision not to hold the clubÃ¢ÂÂs presidential elections until the July 5 due to a whole manner of feeble excuses such as audits, statutes, weather and giving Florentino PÃÂ©rez more time to hatch dastardly plans. But one man who is always happy to SpeakTruth is Guti, who continues to show his love for MadridÃ¢ÂÂs title rivals by confirming that Ã¢ÂÂI always want Barcelona to lose. But I suppose if they keep going in the Champions League, theyÃ¢ÂÂll be more tired in La Liga.Ã¢ÂÂ A final word must go to Marca in response to ThursdayÃ¢ÂÂs headline that Madrid are Ã¢ÂÂChampions of 2009Ã¢ÂÂ and the best team in Europe at the moment. THEY LOST AT HOME TO LIVERPOOL WHO ARE CRAP, YOU HALF-WITS.
LLL Prediction - Home win Villarreal (4th) vs Espanyol (19th)ThereÃ¢ÂÂs a heart-warming story from the city of Barcelona today - and itÃ¢ÂÂs not the tale of Samuel Eto'oÃ¢ÂÂs sarcy ovation from team-mates when arriving half an hour late to ThursdayÃ¢ÂÂs training. Instead, itÃ¢ÂÂs the tear-jerking tale that the Espanyol players are to subsidise away fansÃ¢ÂÂ expenses in their trip to see them eke out a tedious draw against Villarreal on Saturday night. And speaking of those potty about the Pericos, those with Sky can see Paul from Barcelona in living, breathing form discussing his Espanyol love on RMTVÃ¢ÂÂs Ã¢ÂÂReal Madrid LifeÃ¢ÂÂ on channel 446 from 11.05pm UK time on Friday, with the show being repeated over the week.
La Liga LocaÃ¢ÂÂs advice, having seen some of the footage, is be very, very nice to him from now on. You can also catch a bit of La Liga Loca on club gabfest Ã¢ÂÂExtra TimeÃ¢ÂÂ at 10.05pm
LLL Prediction - DrawSundayRecreativo (13th) vs Valladolid (9th) La Liga Loca would like to give the referee for this enticing encounter a warm hand on his entrance, as Clos GÃÂ³mez was one of the chosen ones to pass the midweek fitness test given to all the leagueÃ¢ÂÂs referees. The admirable achievement stands in contrast to six wheezing wimps who failed and who have been dropped from the arbitrating hot list for a month. While all passed a number of trials with flying colours such as Ã¢ÂÂHitler hairÃ¢ÂÂ, Ã¢ÂÂrefusing to communicate with playersÃ¢ÂÂ and Ã¢ÂÂsmug card-wavingÃ¢ÂÂ they failed on some of the more physical tests such as running 2000 metres in less than seven and a half minutes. LLL Prediction - Away winMallorca (16th) vs Betis (15th)La Liga Loca was shocked to read that, Betis majority shareholder, Darth de Lopera was admitted to hospital on Thursday with breathing troubles - the blogÃ¢ÂÂs surprise being that the undead had functioning lungs.Fortunately The Dark Master is set to be released from his infirm state on Friday with doctors perhaps suggesting that the attack was brought on by either his money belt being too tight or the giddy excitement of hearing news of the release of a new Liberace DVD box-set. LLL Prediction - DrawOsasuna (18th) vs Sporting (17th) A feisty La Liga Loca is telling all you warm beer drinking, DNA databasing, Johnny Englander types to stick your Premier League where the sun donÃ¢ÂÂt shine. Yes, it may be all fancy and well organised with the best teams in the world, but is it exciting? Marca say no and thatÃ¢ÂÂs because the Spanish Primera has produced just 12 goalless draws from 250 games played this season, and just one in 2009. And can you guess which two teams are responsible for eight of these letting-the-side-down bore-fests? Osasuna is one...LLL Prediction - Home win Deportivo (8th) vs Racing (12th)... and Deportivo is the other, a team who are about to produce one more on Sunday afternoon. LLL Prediction - DrawNumancia (20th) vs Valencia (6th) With Valencia falling to pieces on the pitch and standing in a giant trifle of trouble off it, the club has decided this week that there was only one course of action that could be taken to stop the rot - have two presidents at the same time. In the yearÃ¢ÂÂs greatest Ã¢ÂÂthis will end in tearsÃ¢ÂÂ story, former Director General Javier GÃÂ³mez has been made Ã¢ÂÂdelegate councilÃ¢ÂÂ by the sideÃ¢ÂÂs board and handed all the powers of the presidency. But at the same time, President No.1 Vicente Soriano, will remain in the official capacity of the post - and with all the powers says the Mestalla man.
Ã¢ÂÂIÃ¢ÂÂm the president of Valencia and IÃ¢ÂÂm going to carry out my duties,Ã¢ÂÂ Spartacus-ed Soriano. One of those duties didnÃ¢ÂÂt include a press conference on Thursday when, President No.2, GÃÂ³mez, admitted that Valencia were in all sorts of economic trouble and that Ã¢ÂÂwe have to control our costs, increase our income and sell assetsÃ¢ÂÂ while tagging the entire squad with a Poundland price gun. LLL Prediction - Away winSevilla (3rd) vs AlmerÃÂa (10th) Vicente BoludaÃ¢ÂÂs unfortunate prediction that Liverpool were going to get thrashed by Madrid has been overtaken in its idiocy by JosÃÂ© Maria del NidoÃ¢ÂÂs contention ahead of the Athletic cup tie that Ã¢ÂÂthe lions will be eaten by Sevilla from mane to tail.Ã¢ÂÂIn losing rather pathetically in San MamÃÂ©s, Manolo JimÃÂ©nez broke the golden rule of Spanish football - never, ever, ever make your president look like a bit of a dork. Ã¢ÂÂWhy donÃ¢ÂÂt you shut up? Be humbleÃ¢ÂÂ was one of the signs from supporters that greeted Del Nido on his return from the clubÃ¢ÂÂs Basqueland debacle. LLL Prediction - Home winGetafe (14th) vs MÃÂ¡laga (7th) Just seven points from 30 means that a defeat on Sunday night for Getafe would leave the Victor MuÃÂ±oz-liking La Liga Loca turning its nose up at the big-chinned chump in charge of Getafe. And that would leave the Getafe boss without a single supporter and an inevitable Sunday night sacking. All week, stories of discontent from the dressing room have been leaking out of the Coliseum, with Juan AlbÃÂn delivering the often fateful words Ã¢ÂÂitÃ¢ÂÂs our fault, not the managerÃ¢ÂÂs.Ã¢ÂÂJavier Casquero also talked about the sideÃ¢ÂÂs poor plight and admitted that playing in the second division Ã¢ÂÂwould be a bit crap for everyone.Ã¢ÂÂ
But he also claimed it was down to the under-performing players to dig their way out of trouble. Ã¢ÂÂIt doesnÃ¢ÂÂt matter who is on the bench. It could be anyone, even Fabio Capello. ItÃ¢ÂÂs the players who have to carry us forward.Ã¢ÂÂLLL Prediction - Home win