Liga BBVA: Predictions for Round 24 Fixtures of La Liga

Mikhail Turner@MikhailTurnerContributor IIIFebruary 23, 2012

PALMA DE MALLORCA, SPAIN - JANUARY 14:  Gonzalo Higuain of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring Real's opening goal during the La Liga match between RCD Mallorca and Real Madrid at Iberostar Stadium on January 14, 2012 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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There was one major change in La Liga at the end of last round's games, with Levante finally dropping from its fourth place position down to seventh place.

There are only two points separating fifth place from tenth however, so that may or may not change again at the end of the weekend.

Here are my predictions for Round 24 of La Liga.


Racing Santander vs. Sporting Gijon

This relegation battle will be interesting. A win for Sporting Gijon may see them one step closer to getting out of the relegation zone. Home advantage as a well as a much better defensive record gives Racing Santander the advantage.

Predicition: Racing Santander win 1-0


Real Betis vs. Getafe

Getafe isn't going into this game with too much confidence after suffering two losses and a draw. Real Betis has done well at home this season and has two straight wins to its name.

Prediction: Real Betis win 2-1


Malaga vs. Real Zaragoza

Malaga continues its up and down form but they face a Real Zaragoza team that seems destined for relegation at this point.

Prediction: Malaga win 2-0


Espanyol vs. Levante

In recent weeks Levante would been a more certain pick for this game. Espanyol is the team that replaced them in fourth place and they will not give up easily.

Prediction: Draw 2-2


Villarreal vs. Athletic Bilbao

Villarreal is only one loss away from being unbeaten at home this season and that certainly gives them a good chance in this game, but Athletic Bilbao has been the better team this season.

Prediction: Athletic Bilbao win 2-1


Rayo Vallecano vs. Real Madrid

Rayo Vallecano beat Levante last week which was nice, and they hope to make it as tough as possible for Real Madrid. Unfortunately it may not have any effect.

Prediction: Real Madrid win 3-1


Osasuna vs. Granada CF

The last time these two team met at the very start of the season the result was a 1-1 draw. That was just two weeks after Osasuna's 8-0 loss away to Barcelona. They handed Barcelona a crushing defeat two weeks ago and have been confident at home throughout the season. 

Prediction: Osasuna win 1-0


Real Sociedad vs. Mallorca

Mallorca is in the better run of form with two wins in its last three games. Their defense is actually one of the best in the league if you only look at goals conceded, and that will help them stave of the home team's attacks.

Prediction: Mallorca win 3-1


Valencia vs. Sevilla

Valencia is a certain bet for third place but Sevilla will provide a challenge. The home team's record coupled with Sevilla's terrible away record and recent form works in Valencia's favour.

Prediction: Valencia win 3-2


Atletico Madrid vs. Barcelona

Atletico Madrid is a different team from the one Barcelona beat 5-0 at home early in the season. Barcelona's away form is well documented and they cannot avoid another setback this weekend.

Prediction: Barcelona win 4-2


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