Gerard Piqué in the match against Granada /PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ

Valencia stand in Villarreal’s way

A point at home to Villarreal will be enough to confirm Valencia’s third spot, whilst a win for
the visitors would ensue that they will be in the top flight next season. Emery will be without
Soldado, who has a neck injury, and Parejo – who was caught drink driving early on Friday
morning and has been left out of the squad, whilst Villarreal midfielder Marcos Senna is out
with a muscle strain. A point below Villarreal on 40, Rayo are the team in Zaragoza’s sights,
with Manolo Jimenez’s team just three points behind ahead of their home game against
already relegated Racing, whilst Rayo travel to one of Jimenez’s old teams, Seville. Zaragoza
will be without Aranda and Zucukini – who is still in hospital following a kidney injury he
received in the midweek win over Levante.

Sevilla could still make Europe

Rayo will face a Sevilla team who can still mathematically take a Europa Cup spot and will
be looking to bounce back from their painful derby defeat in midweek, though they will be
without striker Álvaro Negredo who is suspended. Sporting(34 points) needed to beat Betis
at El Mólinon and hope other results go their way if they are to go into the final week still in
with a chance of escaping the drop whilst Granada, on 42, are the other team who could still
theoretically be relegated and they entertain Real Madrid, who have announced that they will
be giving game time to their fringe players and are likely to be still suffering the after effects of
their title winning celebrations.

Mallorca crash European party

Mallorca(49 points) could yet be the European party crashers after their three game winning
run took them into seventh spot and they have the chance to consolidate that when they
entertain Levante, fifth on 52 points. Malaga(55) travel to sixth placed Atlético Madrid (50)
who may perhaps understandably be more concerned about their midweek Europa Cup final
against Bilbao(48 points) who themselves entertain Getafe(46) – another team still with an
outside chance of a Europa League place. A win for Málaga and anything less than a Levante
victory, would ensure Pellegrini’s team take the final Champions League spot. The other team
in the European mix are Osasuna, eighth on 48 who play fellow Basques Real Sociedad in their
last home game of the season knowing they have to reverse their horrible recent run of one
win in their last seven in order to have any chance of bringing European football to Pamplona
next season.

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