It's the final day of the La Liga season and Mike Holden has the best bets.
Real Betis v Getafe - Sunday 18:30, Sky Sports 2
The Verdiblancos announced Gus Poyet as their new manager this week, so there’s an onus on players to impress the new man in the stands. And while there’s nothing unusual about teams rolling over for more needy opponents in this scenario, the vast majority of the 44,000 crowd will be rooting for Sporting to stay up and could become agitated if they perceive their team to be slacking.
And therein lies the crux: nobody really cares about Getafe. They’ve been in the Primera for 12 years now but, for the past eight seasons, they’ve been little more than a six-letter word on the fixture list. With average gates of around 5,000 and the lowest TV viewing figures, their demise would be roundly considered a positive outcome for the league in general.
So Betis would hardly be cast as villains for treating this like any other game and going about their business in the normal way. And if they do that, there’s nothing far-fetched about either of these two bets, both represent monster value. Indeed, both have copped in 11 of Getafe’s 18 away games up to this point, including trips to the bottom two, Rayo and Levante.
Rayo Vallecano v Levante - Sunday 18:30, Sky Sports 2
For Rayo, even the slightest drop in standards could have an alarming effect on performance, given the high intensity with which they usually approach games, while Levante demonstrated only last week that their appetite for winning hasn’t diminished in the wake of relegation. They ended Atletico Madrid’s title hopes, landing odds of 18/1 in the process.
Even if Rayo start well, both Getafe and Sporting need to drop points in order for them to escape and the whole mood around Vallecas could soon turn flat if news filters through that either of those two teams has established a comfortable position. If Levante win this game, they leapfrog their hosts and avoid the indignity of finishing bottom.