La Liga Matchday 38 Top Betting Picks

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It’s the final matchday in the Spanish La Liga. As we now know Real Madrid are the Champions, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla have secured Champions League football. Real Betis and Real Sociedad have qualified for the Europa League. Atletico Bilbao and Villarreal are in must-win games in order to secure Conference league football.  

Finally, Deportivo Alaves and Levante have confirmed their relegation status whilst Cadiz, Mallorca and Granada are all in must-win games to avoid the drop on the final matchday. 

Check out our soccer picks for the final matchday of the 2021-22 Spanish La Liga season.  

Elche CF vs. Getafe CF 

Sunday, May 22, 2022 – 11:30 AM EDT at Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero 

Elche CF vs. Getafe CF Games Recap

Both Elche and Getafe have survived the threat of relegation, and just about as both are just 3 points clear of 18th place, and if results should go against one of these teams, they could end up finishing 17th.  

Getafe CF have been involved in four draws in a row, with 3 of those 4 games ending scoreless. All three goalless games were on home soil. Elche CF have lost 6 of their previous 10 games and have now lost three games in a row and not scored a single goal.  

How to Bet on Elche CF vs. Getafe?

We absolutely believe over 2.5 goals at +150 La Liga odds have an amazing chance of cashing. These anti-goal teams will change their tune on the final day of the season. With both guaranteed to stay up, they will play with freedom.

However we are weary of these teams' games going under 2.5 so we are more than happy to play the over 2.0 goal line at -120, we will make a push if this game end with two goals.  

Score Prediction: Elche CF 2-1 Getafe CF

La Liga Pick: Over 2.0 Goals (-120) with BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review

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Deportivo Alaves vs. Cadiz FC  

Sunday, May 22, 2022 – 02:00 PM EDT at Estadio Mendizorrotza

Alaves vs. Cadiz Highlights

This is one of the final games remaining this season that means something, although it only means something to the visitors as the home team Alaves are not going to survive relegation. That being said Cadiz must win on the road in order to try and secure a place in La Liga next season. 

It’s hard to know what Alaves we are going to get here, they will either be downing tools and going through the formalities of the game (which will help Cadiz) or they might want to pick up 3 points in their final home game for the fans.  

Cadiz played well last time out earning themselves a 1-1 tie with league champions Real Madrid. Alaves lost 3-1 to Levante last time out in a game that produced a massive 14 yellow cards.  

Alaves vs. Cadiz Betting Pick

We believe goals are on the agenda here. If Alaves try we see both teams scoring, Alaves don’t try and Cadiz could get two or three here. The sportsbooks and betting sites believe we will see lots of cards here but we think not as Alaves have no real reason to turn this into a feisty game.

On top of this, the referee in charge only averages 5.3 cards per game and both teams combined average 5.3 cards per game. The line has been set at 6.5 with the under coming in at -140.  

We suggest combining over 1.5 match goals along with under 7.5 cards at -120, play it extra safe just in case cards do come out, although it’s unlikely we see 8 total.  

Score Prediction: Deportivo Alaves 1-2 Cadiz FC

La Liga Pick: Over 1.5 Goals + Under 7.5 Cards (-120) with BMR’s Top-Rated Sportsbooks

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FC Barcelona vs. Villarreal CF  

Sunday, May 22, 2022 – 04:00 PM EDT at Camp Nou

Villarreal CF Performace Recap

The Champions League semi-finalist could be unbelievably not playing any European football next season as they need a win to secure a spot in the Conference League. Atletico Bilbao are just 1 point behind them.

The only consolation for Villarreal is knowing they will most likely survive even with a loss as Atletico Bilbao visit Sevilla. Sevilla have lost just once at home all season and Bilbao have won 4 games on the road. 

With all this being said we don’t think Villarreal will want to be taking any chances, especially with both matches kicking off at the same time. Barcelona have pretty much nothing to play for and they haven’t been amazing this season, in fact, it’s a miracle they even managed to finish second.  

Barcelona vs. Villarreal Betting Odds Breakdown

We love Villarreal’s odds to win here at +220, no idea why an injury-riddled below-par Barcelona with nothing to play for is +110 to win. The draw is available at +310 and could be the value play here.  

Either way, if Villarreal draw or win, we believe they will need to score at least two goals so we are going to take their team total over 1.5 goals for plus money. FC Barcelona have conceded at home for 5 games in a row ahead of this matchup.  

Score Prediction: Barcelona 2-2 Villarreal  

La Liga Pick: Villarreal Team Total Over 1.5 (+110) with BetOnline

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