Real Betis v Getafe - Sunday 18:30, Sky Sports 2

It’s any two from three in the Primera Division relegation scrap and Real Betis look a decent price to give Sporting Gijon and Rayo Vallecano hope of survival by putting fourth-from-bottom Getafe to the sword at a packed Benito Villamarín. Take the 15/4 on Betis to win and back them to do so comprehensively by clearing the -1 handicap at 10/1.

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.
Betis to win - 1pt @ 15/4
Betis -1 on the handicap - 1pt @ 10/1

Rayo Vallecano v Levante - Sunday 18:30, Sky Sports 2

Paco Jemez called a press conference earlier this week to deny reports he had reached a verbal agreement to take charge at Valencia but the fact he considers it normal to address such matters before the final weekend is an indication that Rayo Vallecano are already resigned to their fate, so take the 81/10 about Levante plundering maximum points in the capital.

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.
Leavnte to win - 1pt @ 81/10