Mallorca (9th) v Sporting (15th)Poor Sporting full-back JosÃÂ© Angel is currently caught in a bit of a tug-of-love - but not in the Ever Banega sense - and being pulled between Malaga, his boyhood side where he was raised from a wee nipper, and Fiorentina, who have reportedly made a Ã¢ÂÂ¬4m for the 21-year-old Ã¢ÂÂ a whole million more than MÃÂ¡laga. However, as it stands JosÃÂ© Angel is a still a Sporting player, albeit a particularly grumpy one who is Ã¢ÂÂfed upÃ¢ÂÂ of being yanked around.LLL Prediction - Home win
MÃÂ¡laga (19th) v Zaragoza (16th)Some six days after MÃÂ¡lagaÃ¢ÂÂs clash with Valencia, which saw two players and Manuel Pellegrini sent off, fans of the southern side are still hopping mad Ã¢ÂÂ and waving-fists and shouting-at-LLL-for-10-minutes mad, when the blog made a joke to one particularly sensitive supporter about the ref being a good one in last SaturdayÃ¢ÂÂs encounter.
Ã¢ÂÂDisgrace!Ã¢ÂÂ Ã¢ÂÂWe were robbed!Ã¢ÂÂ went the cries. For a very long time. However, another MÃÂ¡laga fan and minor shareholder has gone one step further by reporting referee Rubinos PÃÂ©rez to the authorities in the hope they will charge the official with an infraction of a law which probably doesnÃ¢ÂÂt exist.LLL Prediction Ã¢ÂÂ Home win
Levante (20th) v Getafe (10th)An awful run of form for Getafe which sees the side without a league win in four Ã¢ÂÂ and some real hammerings along the way Ã¢ÂÂ would normally produce a self-preserving rant from the club president if it were any other side. Well, AtlÃÂ©tico Madrid, anyway.
But certainly not in the lovely warm surroundings of Getafe, where bigwig Angel Torres has spread the love despite witnessing two hopeless home defeats in a row. Ã¢ÂÂI have confidence in the dressing room and the players that weÃ¢ÂÂre going to finish eighth. It wouldnÃ¢ÂÂt be a disaster not to play in Europe as we are not obliged to. We are Getafe, the objective is to stay upÃ¢ÂÂ Ã¢ÂÂ a slogan that, to LLLÃ¢ÂÂs mind, sounds perfect for the club crest.
ItÃ¢ÂÂs certainly an improvement on the club anthem played before and after games, anyway, which cries Ã¢ÂÂLucha Getafe!Ã¢ÂÂ - Ã¢ÂÂFight Getafe!Ã¢ÂÂ - but over a crackly PA sounds rather like Ã¢ÂÂPuta Geta!Ã¢ÂÂ, which means something very different indeed. LLL Prediction Ã¢ÂÂ Away win
Real Sociedad (11th) v AlmerÃÂa (18th)Wisest words of the week come from AlmerÃÂa coach JosÃÂ© Luis Oltra, who now faces the task of having to either knock six goals past Barcelona - or take them to penalties - whilst stopping PepÃ¢ÂÂs Dream Boys from scoring in WednesdayÃ¢ÂÂs Copa del Rey final second leg clash.
Ã¢ÂÂOur challenge now is to change the image of AlmerÃÂa and to try to win the return leg rather than mount a comeback which feels impossible.Ã¢ÂÂLLL Prediction - Home win
HÃÂ©rcules (12th) v Barcelona (1st)Reasons to really dislike HÃÂ©rcules, part 67. This one relates to another outburst from the buffoon of a club president, ValentÃÂn Botella, who has now decided that Royston Drenthe has been a waste of space presence at the club in the first half of the season Ã¢ÂÂ an opinion that seems to have developed ever since the Dutchman got a bit uppity about not being paid for his footballing services.
Despite two goals and three assists in DrentheÃ¢ÂÂs 11 appearances, the on-loan Real Madrid winger apparently has Ã¢ÂÂto change and do his part, if not it will be tough,Ã¢ÂÂ threatened Botella. Ã¢ÂÂIÃ¢ÂÂm a bit upset, the number of games heÃ¢ÂÂs played with HÃÂ©rcules have been minimal for what he costs and the performances heÃ¢ÂÂs been giving.Ã¢ÂÂ
Considering Drenthe has barely cost anything at all Ã¢ÂÂ along with the rest of his playing staff Ã¢ÂÂ LLL would suggest that the HÃÂ©rcules president is getting a bit of a bargain.LLL Prediction - Away win
Deportivo (13th) v Sevilla (8th)Last weekend's 1-0 loss to Zaragoza sent Deportivo manager Miguel Angel Lotina a little doolally Ã¢ÂÂ an unfortunate event which saw him raging against his own players. Ã¢ÂÂThey went out onto the pitch to see what would happen, and if they won then great,Ã¢ÂÂ complained Lotina. Ã¢ÂÂThey impression they gave me was that they werenÃ¢ÂÂt conscious of the importance of the game.Ã¢ÂÂ
During the week, the offending players have dribbled out their responses and they are not happy bunnies at all. Ã¢ÂÂThese are declarations against the whole team,Ã¢ÂÂ noticed the ever-observant Riki, Ã¢ÂÂthey didnÃ¢ÂÂt go down to well. IÃ¢ÂÂm 100% with my teammates.Ã¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂI donÃ¢ÂÂt regret anything,Ã¢ÂÂ warned the Don of Deportivo. Ã¢ÂÂWhen I send a message I hope for a reaction.Ã¢ÂÂLLL Prediction Ã¢ÂÂ Away win
SUNDAYAtlÃÂ©tico Madrid (7th) v Athletic Bilbao (6th)Whilst AtlÃÂ©tico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo was off in Miami to celebrate Ã¢ÂÂEnrique Cerezo DayÃ¢ÂÂ in the city, the other side of the two-headed monster in charge of the Rojiblancos , Miguel Angel Gil, came out of relative hiding (for him) to announce that he had received huge offers for the clubÃ¢ÂÂs star players but had refused them all.
The son of JesÃÂºs Gil and the clubÃ¢ÂÂs part Ã¢ÂÂownerÃ¢ÂÂ (thatÃ¢ÂÂs a long story) claimed that Real Madrid had made a Ã¢ÂÂ¬45m offer for Kun Aguero Ã¢ÂÂ news, it seems, to Cerezo Ã¢ÂÂ and that Chelsea were offering Ã¢ÂÂ¬60m for the Argentinian forward and defender Diego GodÃÂn.But those werenÃ¢ÂÂt the only statements that no-one in Spain actually believed. The real zinger came when the sideÃ¢ÂÂs Director General soothed that Ã¢ÂÂQuique will be the coach of AtlÃÂ©tico until 30th June.Ã¢ÂÂ
Ã¢ÂÂIf I had been here, none of this would have happened,Ã¢ÂÂ sighed Cerezo on returning from his jolly in Florida to find a bit of tizz at the Vicente CalderÃÂ³n.LLL Prediction Ã¢ÂÂ Home win
Osasuna (17th) v Real Madrid (2nd)Some two days later, the debate over SevillaÃ¢ÂÂs goal/non-goal is still raging, with radio and TV stations gathering together hacks to shout Ã¢ÂÂYes it was!" "No it wasnÃ¢ÂÂt!Ã¢ÂÂ for an hour or so without any ground being given. The Valencia footballers were even pictured at ThursdayÃ¢ÂÂs training gathered around a goal-line recreating the polemical incident.
The whole affair could become the focus for a scientific study to discover how one simple image can alter the perceptions of those viewing it depending on existing prejudice and whether or not they are a Barcelona, Sevilla or Real Madrid fan.
The other news from Mordor is the arrival of JosÃÂ© MourinhoÃ¢ÂÂs lusted-after No.9 in the form of Emmanuel Adebayor Ã¢ÂÂ and the departure of Mahamadou Diarra, who is hopping off to Monaco.LLL Prediction - Away win
Espanyol (5th) v Villarreal (3rd)All season, LLL has been underestimating EspanyolÃ¢ÂÂs ability to maintain a remarkable run which sees them in a very solid fifth place. Therefore, it's not going to make the same mistake for a seventh time by dooming them unnecessarily after the sales, this week, of defensive stalwarts Didac Vila to Milan and VÃÂctor Ruiz to Napoli.
But that canÃ¢ÂÂt be good. LLL Prediction - Away win
MONDAYRacing Santander (14th) v Valencia (4th)The sale of Racing Santander from the local council and a bunch of straw-chewing diary farmers to apparently loaded businessman Ahsan Ali Syed Ã¢ÂÂ a gentleman who reportedly owes a fair amount of money in the UK in council tax Ã¢ÂÂ was supposed to have been finalised on Monday. But it wasnhÃ¢ÂÂt.
Ali Syed was supposed to have travelled to Spain to seal the deal but hasnÃ¢ÂÂt been able due to unknown problems reports AS. However, Saturday has now been named as the day when Racing will be taking an almighty leap into the unknown.LLL Prediction - Away win