Euro 2020 Special

La Liga: Atletico Are One Step Away…

Atletico Madrid are top of the La Liga table with one game to play, after the most dramatic of Sundays took twists and turns until Luis Suarez scored a late winner for Los Rojiblancos.

This has been the most exciting title race in Europe with matters already settled in the Premier League, Bundesliga and Serie A, and at one point it looked like Atleti’s title hopes were slipping away. Osasuna frustrated the league leaders and VAR denied Stefan Savic a goal on the hour, before disaster struck for Diego Simeone’s side when Ante Budimir nodded in from close range to give Osasuna a shock lead. Renan Lodi gave Atleti hope when he smashed the equaliser home and with just two minutes remaining Luis Suarez slotted home the winner to spark wild celebrations.

When Nacho converted from Casemiro’s corner to give Real Madrid a 1-0 lead at Athletic Bilbao, their Madrid rivals were losing and Zinedine Zidane’s team was top, but while they held on for the win, they now have it all to do next week.

La Liga: Lionel Messi opened the scoring in Barcelona’s 1-2 defeat vs Celta Vigo
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring against Celta Vigo

Barcelona started the day still in the race and when Lionel Messi met a cross for Sergio Busquets and planted his header low into the bottom corner, the Blaugrana had struck first, but Santi Mina levelled for Celta and then gave the visitors a 2-1 win to dump the Catalans out of the race.

Simeone’s team can see this through  

Los Rojiblancos have been in the box seat for much of the season and now there is just one week to go and just one more match to win, away to relegation threatened Real Valladolid. The character they showed to come back from a goal behind, with just ten minutes to play, shows that this team will never give up.   Real Madrid have a tough home assignment against Villarreal. The Yellow Submarine hammered fourth placed Sevilla 4-0 and will fancy their chances of another win to finish their season. Today’s La Liga 2021 results haven’t settled anything at either end of the league, and the SBOTOP team will be all over the final week with previews and odds, and we’ll be back with the drama right up to the final whistle.

5th to 7th had a comfortable season

While the race for the La Liga title has been full of drama and tension, with ebbs and flows throwing the La Liga 2021 betting odds all over the place in recent weeks, things have been a little more settled in the next group occupying the Europa League places. Real Sociedad, Real Betis and Villarreal have been consistently in the top seven and will finish the season there.

While the top four streaked ahead, the following three have stayed the course and kept the rest of the league at bay.

Sociedad, managed by Imanol Alguacil, look set to improve on last season’s sixth place and they stay fifth after beating Real Valladolid 4-1. Alexander Isak scored two early goals as La Real blew their visitors away in a first half blitz with David Silva and Adnan Januzaj on target before the break.

The season could have been even better for Sociedad had Silva stayed fit. Following his switch from Manchester City in the summer the mercurial midfielder inspired La Real to a fantastic start, but since his injury they lost pace with the leaders.

Former Manchester City head coach Manuel Pellegirini has overseen a superb improvement in Real Betis this season. Los Verdiblancos finished 15th last term but they are in course for a return to Europa League football after a 1-0 win over SD Huesca.Villarreal have finished in the top six of La Liga in seven of the last eight seasons, dropping to 14th in 2019, but rising to fifth again last season. Head coach Unai Emery has striker Gerard Moreno to thank for another fine season as he sits second in the race for the Golden Boot on 23 goals, behind only Lionel Messi. And the Yellow Submarine signed off their home campaign with an impressive 4-0 victory over fourth placed Sevilla, Carlos Bacca scoring a hat-trick.

Only one survival place up for grabs

Eibar, Elche and Real Valladolid started the day in the bottom three and by the half time whistle there was no way Valladolid were going anywhere else, 4-0 down to a rampant Real Sociedad. That game finished 4-1 and Valladolid are in real trouble with a clash against Atletico to come.

Eibar took a 4-1 thumping at the Mestalla as Valencia ran riot, while Elche arguably had the best chance of a result, away to mid table Cadiz, and they took advantage with a 3-1 win which draws them level on 33 points with Huesca.