Getafe (10th) v Rayo Vallecano (8th) Rayo still have sneaky hopes for a European place, although all things considered that might be a waste of time. The club had their licence application to play in next seasonÃ¢ÂÂs competition turned down by UEFA, to due stipulations on debts held to other clubs, footballers or employees Ã¢ÂÂ of which Rayo have one or two. Or three. Or a hundred. Who knows.
An appeal is being lodged of a legal and accounting nature, which means La Liga Loca is unlikely to understand whatÃ¢ÂÂs going on exactly. However, the clubÃ¢ÂÂs arguments are that the debts in question relate to before before Rayo went into administration in June 2011, and thus cannot be considered as due for payment immediately. LLL isn't sure how that's going to fly with the Zurich beancounters, who will be cheering on Getafe in this match just to make their lives a little easier. LLL Prediction Ã¢ÂÂ Home win
Valencia (5th) v Granada (15th)The season will be over in a week, but the fight will continue in Mestalla in a big battle for the control of the clubÃ¢ÂÂs future and all that. A board meeting is set to take place at the beginning of June to choose a new president, what with the post currently being vacant. The candidate for the Valencia Foundation Ã¢ÂÂ a group of leading shareholders Ã¢ÂÂ is set to be Amadeo Salvo, who gave a presentation on Monday on his view of the future of the club.
One of Salvo's big aims is to stop wasting so much money on footballers, for starters. Ã¢ÂÂWeÃ¢ÂÂve got Ã¢ÂÂ¬40 million in players that sit on the bench and now we canÃ¢ÂÂt get Ã¢ÂÂ¬15 million for them,Ã¢ÂÂ complained the potential Mestalla messiah. One promise made is that there would be no sale of Roberto Soldado, Jonas and Ever Banega this summer, although LLL suspects an awful lot will depend on whether Valencia can pick up that fourth Champions League spot by winning their final two games and hoping Real Sociedad slip up. LLL Prediction Ã¢ÂÂ Home win
Osasuna (16th) v Sevilla (9th)What seemed like an smart idea at the time certainly proved to be a bad one at the end of SevillaÃ¢ÂÂs home defeat to Real Sociedad last Saturday. When the footballers left the pitch there was quite the booing from unsympathetic supporters, except they were drowned out by the clubÃ¢ÂÂs anthem being blasted out over the stadium sound system.
What some might consider censorship caused Sevilla president JosÃÂ© Maria del Nido to publish an apology on the teamÃ¢ÂÂs website on Monday. Ã¢ÂÂAs the person most responsible [at Sevilla] I agree it was not handled well. Sevilla fans are free to show, with respect, whatever opinion they want, especially in their own home.Ã¢ÂÂ Expect further naughty noises in Pamplona on Sunday from travelling Sevilla fans who may well see the completion of a league record: one victory in 19 away games. LLL Prediction Ã¢ÂÂ Home win
Real Sociedad (4th) v Real Madrid (1st) And so the announcement was made that the manager will be departing at the end of the season after months of gossip and gallivanting, and the footballers are just supposed to carry on as if nothing has happened. ThatÃ¢ÂÂs the situation faced by Real Sociedad for this huge game against Real Madrid, who are also set to lose their boss JosÃÂ© Mourinho, apparently.
Philippe Montanier will be managing Rennes next season having been offered a three-year deal, reportedly a much improved arrangement that the one facing the Frenchman in San Sebastian, where the fans and local media never really took to him despite the side's success.
One man sad to see the manager go is IÃÂ±igo MartÃÂnez, who admitted that Ã¢ÂÂhis departure is painful. IÃ¢ÂÂm always going to be grateful and he bet on me from the first match of last season.Ã¢ÂÂLLL Prediction Ã¢ÂÂ Home win
MÃÂ¡laga (6th) v Deportivo (17th)Another LLL prediction bites the dust: the forecast that Manuel Pellegrini wouldn't announce his departure from MÃÂ¡laga until the end of the season. That all went out the window on Wednesday when the Chilean admitted at a local institutional event that Ã¢ÂÂprofessionally, IÃ¢ÂÂm experiencing my last days with MÃÂ¡laga.Ã¢ÂÂ
Pellegrini also wanted to note that it wasnÃ¢ÂÂt a happy departure from a city and club that he genuinely loves, revealing that Ã¢ÂÂIÃ¢ÂÂm not looking for economic ambitions but a sporting project that will allow me to feel fulfilled.Ã¢ÂÂLLL Prediction Ã¢ÂÂ Home win
Espanyol (11th) v Barcelona (1st)Those readers who have pottered around Barcelona will know there is a statue of Christopher Columbus at the lower end of La Rambla, pointing off into the distance. Indeed, many may have had their pockets picked whilst gazing at it. That statue currently sports the shirt of BarÃÂ§a to celebrate the league title win. So of course, Espanyol have thrown their chips out of the window in outrage.
The local council allowed a publicity company hired by Nike to do the deed and Perico president Joan Collet is fuming and then some. Ã¢ÂÂGrotesque, disgraceful and ridiculous,Ã¢ÂÂ yelled the top man in El Prat-land, thumbing through his council rule-book. Ã¢ÂÂThereÃ¢ÂÂs nothing that can justify it, whatÃ¢ÂÂs more it breaks a local order which bans publicity on buildings, cemeteries...Ã¢ÂÂLLL Prediction Ã¢ÂÂ Away win
Valladolid (13th) v Celta Vigo (20th)The bottom-of-the-table outfit have spent the past fortnight busying themselves with moaning about referees. With no game last weekend due to AtlÃÂ©tico MadridÃ¢ÂÂs involvement in the Copa del Rey final, the Celta camp looked at the man in the middle as a big cause of the seasonÃ¢ÂÂs struggles. Ã¢ÂÂWeÃ¢ÂÂve only had two penalties all year and we havenÃ¢ÂÂt played a game all season with numerical superiority,Ã¢ÂÂ moaned midfielder, Borja OubiÃÂ±a.
At least goalkeeper Javi Varas is talking about SundayÃ¢ÂÂs big game, saying that this is the proper, proper, proper Ã¢ÂÂfinalÃ¢ÂÂ for the club. Ã¢ÂÂWeÃ¢ÂÂve spent a lot of time talking about finals but the true final is this one because if we donÃ¢ÂÂt win we could be done with La Liga.Ã¢ÂÂLLL Prediction Ã¢ÂÂ Away win
AtlÃÂ©tico Madrid (3rd) v Mallorca (19th)What better way to escape what has largely been a rainy, miserable Madrid and celebrate a cup final win than with a five-day jaunt to Singapore? Actually, there are probably better methods of having fun in locations with considerably laxer penal systems Ã¢ÂÂ always useful when footballers are involved Ã¢ÂÂ but Singapore is where the money was for the Rojiblancos in a series of meet-and-greets and a friendly to boot.
All the time this was going on, growing speculation pointed Falcao away from the Vicente CalderÃÂ³n and potentially to Monaco. Helpfully, the cluboÃ¢ÂÂs director general Miguel ÃÂngel Gil Marin beamed that Ã¢ÂÂweÃ¢ÂÂll support him in any decision he makes.Ã¢ÂÂ LLL isn't entirely sure that the Ã¢ÂÂheÃ¢ÂÂ in that statement wasnÃ¢ÂÂt referring to the playerÃ¢ÂÂs agent Jorge Mendes. LLL Prediction Ã¢ÂÂ Away win
Real Betis (7th) v Zaragoza (18th)If Zaragoza could sign just the one footballer for SundayÃ¢ÂÂs match it wouldnÃ¢ÂÂt be Leo Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo Ã¢ÂÂ actually, it probably would Ã¢ÂÂ but instead Ander Herrera. The former Zaragoza midfielder was distraught after his Athletic Bilbao side beat Zaragoza last weekend and lamented that Ã¢ÂÂZaragocistas donÃ¢ÂÂt deserve this. This club has given me everything: I first came when I was four, IÃ¢ÂÂve travelled with the team, IÃ¢ÂÂve seen finals, I cried at the BernabÃÂ©u after losing to Espanyol [in the 2006 Copa del Rey final]. I see the reputation Zaragoza has now and it really hurts. We canÃ¢ÂÂt carry on every year, getting to the last 10 games in this situation and looking for a miracle.Ã¢ÂÂ LLL Prediction Ã¢ÂÂ Home win
Athletic Bilbao (12th) v Levante (14th)Well thatÃ¢ÂÂs all very depressing. The final league match to be played in San MamÃÂ©s by Athletic Bilbao is against Levante, of all teams. Party time ahoy! Fortunately, there's going to be another chance to wave a fond farewell to a wonderful stadium with an exhibition match between Athletic Bilbao and a Bizcaya XI, to keep the goodbye a local affair for local people. The Levante clash may also see the final match in San MamÃÂ©s Ã¢ÂÂ should he be picked Ã¢ÂÂ for Fernando Amorebieta, who has signed for four years for Fulham. LLL Prediction Ã¢ÂÂ Home win