The season may be over in terms of deciding first, second and third place in La Liga, but there are a large number of clubs who still have everything to play for with just two games remaining in the Spanish football season…
Match Previews, Form Guides & Team News
Following Wednesday night's results, the battle for Primera Liga safety is now realistically down to four teams - Osasuna, Recreativo Huelva, Zaragoza and Real Valladolid, with three points separating them.
Sunday 11 May 2008 (Spanish Time)
21:00 Betis - Sevilla
21:00 Valladolid - Getafe
21:00 Almería - Recreativo
21:00 Villarreal - Espanyol
21:00 At. Madrid - Deportivo
21:00 Levante - Valencia
21:00 Zaragoza - R. Madrid
21:00 Barcelona - Mallorca
21:00 Osasuna - Murcia
21:00 Athletic - Racing
Zaragoza - R. Madrid
Real Zaragoza will be fighting for their Primera Liga future at La Romareda on Sunday, and Villanova's side will have to achieve what no other team has managed since March: beat champions Real Madrid.
Wednesday's 1-0 defeat to Valencia has left Zaragoza just one point and two places above the relegation zone with just two games remaining in which to avoid a potentially catastrophic descent in the Segunda division. It is hard to know how Real Madrid will approach this game. Schuster's side go in to the match on cloud nine after having humiliated their bitter rivals Barcelona in a 4-1 hammering at the Bernabeu on Wednesday, just 48 hours after partying the night away celebrating their coronation as Primera Liga champions 2008.
Real Madrid may take their foot off the gas, or they may wish to defend a remarkable run of form that has seen them take 19 points from a possible 21 since losing to Valencia.
Looking ahead to the game, the Real Zaragoza coach said "I feel that we can beat Madrid and with take a massive step towards safety."
It is likely that a victory over Madrid, followed by a draw from their final match against seventh-placed Real Mallorca would be enough to ensure that Zaragoza avoid the drop.
Vilanova said "I reckon that with 45 points we will not go down to the Second Division.".
Zaragoza W3 D3 L4 Real Madrid W7 D1 L2
Osasuna - Murcia
Third-bottom Osasuna, who have lost their last four matches, face a crucial home tie against relegated Real Murcia on Sunday
Osasuna went down 2-1 at Mallorca last week courtesy of a last minute goal and they now desperately need the points from this home match if they are to avoid the drop.
Ziganda's men are above 18th-placed Recreativo courtesy of a superior head-to-head, and with an away trip to Racing coming up next week, a win here is vital.
Murcia are already relegated, of course, and, after losing to Athletic Bilbao last week, they would appear to have given up the fight. They may want to salvage some pride in front of their home fans next weekend, but its hard to see them putting up too much of a fight this Sunday.
Osasuna W3 D1 L6 Murcia W2 D1 L7
Almería - Recreativo
The highly rated Almeria coach, Unai Emery is said to be on the verge of a summer switch to take over at Valencia: a bold move for a highly rated young coach who may find he has bitten off more than he can chew at Spain's most high profile soap opera. Sunday could therefore turn out to be his farewell to the fans of the club that he has guided from the Segunda division to the brink of European football.
Recreativo could also be saying their farewells, to the Primera Liga, if they fail to win this one. The Decano have already lost ten times on the road this season and a lot will depend upon just how badly they want to stay up, and what kind of mood their hosts are in with nothing left to play for.
Almeria W3 D3 L4 Recreativo W3 D2 L5
Real Valladolid - Getafe CF
Valladolid go in to this match two points behind Getafe and with 43 points could really do with a home win to see them safe. The home side picked up a valuable point on the road with a 1-1 draw at Real Betis in midweek.
Getafe have been in dismal form of late, and they did well to fight back from 2-0 down to seal a 4-2 home victory over Almería in midweek to bring an end to a two month winless streak. That poor run of form has left them with 45 points and they will need at least a draw on Sunday to be mathematically certain of Primera Liga safety.
Valladolid W3 D3 L4 Getafe W3 D3 L4
Levante UD - Valencia CF
Valencia find themselves in a similar position to Getafe. A dismal run of form has left them precariously close to the drop zone and they also need a point to be certain of survival.
A dramatic win over Zaragoza in midweek has given Voro's side some much needed breathing space and a trip to City rival's Levante might appear welcome relief.
The home side, like Valencia, have had more than their fair share of off field strife this season and there is every possibility that the players will stage some sort of protest on Sunday. The Levante players are still awaiting full payment of their wages, and they may seek to go out in style in from of their home fans, or they may even opt for the very high profile and controversial option of permitting Valencia to play unopposed in one form or another. That final, nuclear option, could have quite significant ramifications for the outcome of the standings at the bottom of La Liga.
Levante W2 D1 L7 Valencia W3 D1 L6
Club Atlético de Madrid - Deportivo La Coruña
Atletico were 1-0 winners at Espanyol in midweek and the three points has almost guaranteed Aguirre's side fourth place and Champions League football for next season. The Colchoneros have invested heavily in recent years and anything less than a place in Europe's elite cup competition would have seen Aguirre lose his job. The hoe side still need a win on Sunday to be certain, but at least it should be enough to stop the demanding home fans from complaining for a few minutes at least.
Deportivo are fighting to secure a place in the Intertoto cup and after their midweek victory over Levante, they are just one point away from seventh and European football for next season. Depor had struggled at times during this campaign and it's good to see the Galician side, and Valeron, back in some sort of shape.
Form Guide (Last Ten)
Atletico W5 D2 L3 Deportivo W7 D1 L2
Athletic Club Bilbao - Real Racing Club
A 3-0 home defeat to Sevilla on Wednesday ended Racing Santander's faint hopes of securing Champions League football for next season, however, a win at Bilbao would guarantee a UEFA cup spot: a worthy achievement for coach Marcelino and thoroughly deserved, although in demand coach may not stick around to lead them next season.
Athletic Bilbao, meanwhile, recently got back to winning ways just in time to avoid a late relegation scrap and they are now playing out the season in mid table obscurity, with pride the only reward in front of their home fans in the last game of the season at the San Mames.
Athletic W5 D2 L3 Racing W5 D0 L5
Villarreal CF - RCD Espanyol
Villarreal are guaranteed second place in La Liga, their highest ever finish, after beating Recreativo in midweek. The home side will be full of confidence, which is more than can be said for visiting Espanyol.
Its been a season of two halves for Valverde's side and they have been absolutely woeful since Christmas; their pre-winter interval points tally the only thing saving them from relegation. A 2-0 home defeat to Atlético midweek was just the latest in a long line of humiliations that could mean it is the end of Valverde's time in charge at Montjuic.
Villarreal W8 D0 L2 Espanyol W1 D3 L6
Real Betis Balompié - Sevilla FC
The Seville derby will be played at the City's 'Cartuja' Olympic stadium on Sunday owing to the Béticos' stadium ban, but it'll still be a feisty occasion as always.
Sevilla took four points from Betis last season, and also managed to beat their bitter rivals in the Copa de Rey and it was during the equivalent fixture last time round that Juande Ramos was struck by a bottle, just as Athletic keeper Armando was this season.
Sevilla must win if they are to stand any chance of catching up with fourth placed Atletico, and a Champions League spot for next season. However, the three point deficit that separates fifth from fourth means that if Atleti win their match then it is out of Sevilla's hands.
Betis W5 D2 L3 Sevilla WW6 D1 L3
FC Barcelona - RCD Mallorca
Finally to Barcelona. What can we say. It's going to be a bit of strange atmosphere at the Camp Nou on Sunday. It, quite literally, is the end of an era as it will be Frank Rijkaard's last game in charge in front of the home fans. It has been confirmed that, after five years in charge, the Barcelona coach will be replaced by Pep Guardiola in the summer.
Naturally, many will want to show some appreciation for the coach who brought the club it's second Champions League trophy and some very good times in recent years. However, the fans with the shortest memories in Spanish football will have no difficulty forgetting Wednesday evenings horror show at the Bernabeu - and they will want to take their frustrations out on somebody on Sunday. Who'd want to be sat in the president's seat at nine o'clock on Sunday evening.
Mallorca, meanwhile, are fighting for an Intertoto Cup spot, and Dani Güiza is also close to securing the Pichichi title. The visitors have enjoyed a decent campaign under the excellent Gregorio Manzano, and in excellent form they could very well leave Laporta squirming in that seat for the whole ninety minutes.
Barcelona W2 D4 L4 Mallorca W7 D1 L2