La Liga Table 2016: Latest Standings, Odds Following Tuesday's Week 34 Results

James DudkoFeatured ColumnistApril 19, 2016

BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 19:  Iago Aspas (L) of RC Celta de Vigo celebrates with his team mates after scoring the opening goal during the La Liga match between Real CD Espanyol and Celta Vigo at Cornella-El Prat Stadium on April 19, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
David Ramos/Getty Images

Barcelona remain slight favourites to retain their La Liga title, despite both Madrid clubs reducing the gap in recent weeks. Barca are holding steady with the oddsmakers, but Celta Vigo's chances of making the top four took a hit after they were held to a 1-1 draw in Espanyol on Tuesday night.

The stalemate means manager Eduardo Berizzo's men now trail fourth-place Villarreal by six points having played one more game.

Elsewhere, Real Betis scored an important win over Las Palmas at Benito Villamarin. The result moves Juan Merino's side above Las Palmas and Valencia and into the top half of the table.

Here are the results from Tuesday's fixtures:

La Liga Week 34 Results: Tuesday Scores
HomeScoreAway
Espanyol1-1Celta Vigo
Real Betis1-0Las Palmas
Sky Sports

Here's what those results mean for the updated standings:

La Liga Standings: Week 34
PositionClubPlayedWonDrawnLostGoal DifferencePoints
1Barcelona3324455976
2Atletico Madrid3324454176
3Real Madrid3323646875
4Villarreal3317971460
5Athletic Bilbao33166111154
6Celta Vigo3415910-754
7Sevilla33131010649
8Malaga33101112041
9Real Sociedad3311814-341
10Eibar3311814-441
11Real Betis34101113-1541
12Las Palmas3411716-840
13Valencia33101013-240
14Deportivo La Coruna337179-638
15Espanyol3410717-2837
16Rayo Vallecano3381015-2034
17Granada337917-2730
18Sporting Gijon337818-2129
19Levante337719-2628
20Getafe337719-3228
Yahoo Sports

The title odds with five games left, per OddsChecker.com:

La Liga Title Odds: Week 34
TeamOdds
Barcelona4-7
Atletico Madrid7-2
Real Madrid5-1
Villarreal500
Sevilla500
Celta Vigo1000
Oddschecker.com

 

Rival Managers Confident of the Title

Despite what's become more than a blip, Barcelona manager Luis Enrique remains upbeat about winning a second straight title. In fact, Enrique is very clear in his belief, according to a Reuters report (h/t Sky Sports): "I'm convinced we're going to win the league—if I wasn't I wouldn't be sat here."

Enrique has not lost his confidence about winning a second title.
Enrique has not lost his confidence about winning a second title.Manu Fernandez/Associated Press

That's bold talk from a manager who knows his side's only advantage over second-place Atletico Madrid is a better head-to-head record this season. Atleti erased the points gap after Enrique saw his side lose three in a row in Spain's top flight.

Yet the odds still favour the Catalans at 4-7. Barca need that advantage because Atletico's odds are fading. The men from one-half of Spain's capital city are now listed with just 7-2 odds to capture a second title in three seasons.

Manager Diego Simeone got the better of Barca to lift the prize in 2014. Now he's on the path to another title, per ESPN's Dermot Corrigan:

By contrast, Corrigan noted in another ESPN FC article how Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane is trying to temper enthusiasm somewhat.

Los Blancos trail the top two by just a single point and are shortening at 5-1 odds to lift the title, but Zidane is still preaching caution, per Corrigan: "We're in a good situation but have not achieved anything yet."

Maybe Zidane is right to be cautious since his side will be facing a cagey Villarreal outfit on Wednesday.

 

Recap

Celta missed the chance to pile the pressure on the Yellow Submarine before the trip to the Santiago Bernabeu. That was despite Iago Aspas giving Berizzo's side the lead just before the half-hour mark.

He was supplied by a typically astute pass from creative Chilean midfielder Fabian Orellana. The 30-year-old South American now has six assists in La Liga this season, per WhoScored.com, and is a gem of a player.

But it was barely over 10 minutes later that Marco Asensio slammed a left-footed drive into the bottom corner to earn Espanyol a point. It's a welcome reward for a side now eight clear of the division's drop zone.

Ricky van Wolfswinkel left it later to snatch all three points for Betis. The Dutchman struck seven minutes from time after racing to meet a precisely slid pass from Dani Ceballos.

Van Wolfswinkel proved decisive for Betis.
Van Wolfswinkel proved decisive for Betis.Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

Las Palmas had already made things difficult for themselves when defender Aythami Artiles received a second yellow card with less than five minutes to go in the first half.

Betis have managed to escape being sucked into the relegation mire and have even earned some respectability since Pepe Mel's dismissal back in January.

But it's things at the top that are less clear. Both Barca and Atleti face tough away trips on Matchday 34, so it's Los Blancos who could soon earn the favourites tag, whether Zidane likes it or not.