Madrid, May 9: LaLiga faces the final stretch of the season with matchday 36, which will be played during the week, before the penultimate matchday next weekend. The 36th round of matches begins on Tuesday with three games that could have an effect on the top and bottom of the table.
Real Betis take their fading hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League to Valencia’s Estadio Mestalla in what is an anticipated replay of the recent Copa del Rey final, which Betis won on penalties a little while ago. of two weeks.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side were unlucky enough to lose 2-1 to Barca on Saturday night with Jordi Alba scoring the winner with less than 30 seconds to go, while Valencia produced a characteristic display to draw 0-0. -0 against Athletic Club Bilbao, without administering a single shot on goal from open play.
Hugo Guillamon is suspended by Valencia, while Hugo Duro should return to the attack.
Athletic Club Bilbao’s hopes of playing in Europe next season suffered a setback with that draw against Valencia, but a victory in Granada would keep their hopes of being in the top seven or six alive.
Coach Marcelino Garcia Toral is likely to start with Unai Vencedor and Alex Berenguer at his side against an opponent whose hopes of survival were greatly increased by a 6-2 victory in Mallorca on Saturday, Xinhua reports.
Granada is undefeated since Aitor Karanka (ex-Athletic player) took the reins and, despite the loss of striker Luis Suárez due to a muscle injury, it is likely that the Los Carmemes Stadium is recovering for this vital match for both teams .
Tuesday’s final match sees FC Barcelona at home to Celta Vigo – a win for Barca would go a long way towards securing second place and qualification for next season’s lucrative Super Cup in Saudi Arabia – but a Celta side that contains Iago Aspas and who defended himself since a 0-3 loss can never be ruled out to draw 3-3 in the first game of this season.
Xavi Hernández will make changes for Barça with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the starter, while Ronald Araujo could switch to right-back to allow Dani Alves to rest and Ansu Fati will continue his measured comeback after injury. For their part, Sergino Dest and Gerard Piqué are still out due to injury.