Title chasers Atleti and their relegation-threatened opposition face off in this La Liga final day battle at the Jose Zorrilla.
La Liga 2020/2021
Venue: José Zorrilla
Atletico Madrid were made to work extremely hard for their victory last time out against Osasuna, with goals from Renan Lodi and Luis Suarez in the final 10 minutes of the game securing a come-from-behind win, and keeping the fate of the La Liga title firmly in their hands.
If Atletico Madrid are able to match Real Madrid’s result against Villarreal, Diego Simeone’s side would be crowned champions of Spain, their first in seven years. But anything less throws the door open their for neighbours who hold the head-to-head advantage in the event of tied points.
Thus, it is unlikely that Simeone will demand his side to be on the defensive as they’ll be looking for a win outrightly so that Real’s result has no bearing on them.
As for Real Valladolid, currently sat in 19th place but only two points away from safety, only a win can give them any chance of playing top flight football next season.
That surely is a tough ask, considering they have the second worst home record in the league and no win in 11 league matches (D6, L5), moreso going up against a side chasing the title.
Can Atleti finish up the business on the final day of what has been a thrilling La Liga season?
Fabian Orellana, Raul Carnero & Kenan Kodro are all out due to injuries. Rorbeto and Ruben Alcaraz are suspended for the game.
Diego Simeone has an almost full squad to select from, with only Thomas Lemar set to miss out.
Real Madrid’s last five La Liga games: DDLLL
Villareal’s last five La Liga games: LWDWW
Real Valladolid have only scored once in their last five meetings against Atletico Madrid.
Atletico Madrid are unbeaten in 11 previous games against Real Valladolid.
Real Valladolid have only managed to score past Diego Simeone’s notoriously stubborn defence once in their last eight encounters. Atletico Madrid have been as strong at the back as ever this season and it’s unlikely that Real Valladolid score against them. At 9/10 odds, both teams not to score is looking a fantastic choice option.
Atlético are the only side in the topflight yet to lose after scoring first this season (W21, D2). We envisage they do the same in this very important game for them, take an early opening in the first period. So let’s snap up the Rojiblancos to win first half/fulltime for 21/20 odds.
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