LaLiga matchday 34 preview & predicted lineups

la liga matchday 34 preview

There are just five rounds of fixtures left in LaLiga 2023/24 and the title could potentially be won this weekend with Real Madrid at home to Cadiz while their closest rivals Girona and Barcelona meet. Here’s our full LaLiga matchday 34 preview with predicted lineups for all 20 clubs and win probabilities for every single game.


LaLiga matchday 34 preview – Predicted lineups


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Girona’s Catalan derby against Barcelona tops the bill for matchday 34.

Friday 3rd May 2024

21:00 – Getafe vs Athletic Club

GetafeAthletic Club
Win Probability26%43%

Getafe won 3-1 at Almeria last time out with Mason Greenwood doing the damage with two goals and an assist. We should see a very similar eleven this weekend in what will be a tougher match. Jaime Mata is pushing for a start after he came off the bench to score last time out.

Athletic have a couple of big midfield absentees with Oihan Sancet and Iñigo Ruiz de Galarreta injured. Yuri also looks set to miss out again while they’ve a doubt over Dani Vivian. Oscar De Marcos is available at least and should return at right back.

Possible Lineups

Getafe: Soria – Rico, Alderete, Djene, Carmona – Oscar Rodriguez, Milla, Moriba, Maksimovic, Greenwood – Mata (4-5-1)

Athletic Club: Simon – Lekue, Paredes, Yeray, De Marcos – Prados, Vesga – Nico Williams, Unai Gomez, Iñaki Williams – Guruzeta (4-2-3-1)

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Saturday 4th May 2024

14:00 – Real Sociedad vs Las Palmas

Real SociedadLas Palmas
Win Probability70%10%

Real Sociedad couldn’t find a way past a second string Real Madrid last time out, but should find this fixture more to their liking. Igor Zubeldia is suspended while Hamari Traore remains a doubt so Alvaro Odriozola may get another chance at right back. Imanol will also need to make a call on whether he thinks Brais Mendez is ready to start after injury.

Las Palmas have lost six on the bounce, but they’re still all but certain to survive which was their only real goal. They’ve expected to have a fully fit squad this matchday, although light changes are certainly possible given their desperate form.

Possible Lineups

Real Sociedad: Remiro – Galan, Le Normand, Pacheco, Odriozola – Turrientes, Merino, Brais Mendez – Barrenetxea, Oyarzabal, Kubo (4-3-3)

Las Palmas: Valles – Cardona, Marmol, Coco, Alex Suarez – Kirian, Perrone, Muñoz – Marvin, Sandro, Moleiro (4-3-3)

16:15 – Real Madrid vs Cadiz

Real MadridCadiz
Win Probability73%10%

Real Madrid can win the title on Saturday, but regardless of the result here, they’ll need to wait on the result in Girona before that is confirmed. Carlo Ancelotti is expected to rest most of his regulars again as was the case in the last league game at Real Sociedad. Arda Güler started and scored the only goal in San Sebastian and should keep his place. Thibaut Courtois is in contention for his first start following an ACL injury that ruled him out for virtually the entire campaign.

Cadiz are in deep trouble after they could only draw at home to relegation rivals Mallorca last time out. They still have a number of injury absentees which are limiting their defensive and midfield options, but it’s likely to be two from four up front again with Juanmi expected to be partnered by one of Chris Ramos, Maxi Gomez and Roger Marti who missed a great chance to net what would have been a crucial late winner last weekend.

Possible Lineups

Real Madrid: Courtois – Fran Garcia, Nacho, Militao, Vazquez – Modric, Camavinga, Ceballos – Guler – Brahim, Joselu (4-3-1-2)

Cadiz: Ledesma – Javi Hernandez, Chust, Fali, Iza – Pires, Alcaraz, Alex Fernandez, Navarro – Roger Marti, Juanmi (4-4-2)

18:30 – Girona vs Barcelona

GironaBarcelona
Win Probability32%42%

This Catalan derby will go some way to determining who comes 2nd in LaLiga with Girona bidding to complete a historic double over their vastly larger neighbours. Michel should have all of his key men available with Artem Dovbyk on target again last weekend in the win at Las Palmas with the Ukraine international leading the Pichichi race.

Robert Lewandowski is a definite candidate in that fight after his hat-trick ensured Barcelona came back to beat ten man Valencia last time out. That was the first game since Xavi’s U-turn decision to stay and it wasn’t a convincing First Half from Barca but they took control after the break. We could see a repeat eleven here with the main doubt about whether Fermin Lopez or Pedri starts in midfield.

Possible Lineups

Girona: Gazzaniga – Miguel, Blind, David Lopez, Eric Garcia – Ivan Martin, Aleix Garcia, Herrera – Savio, Dovbyk, Couto (4-3-3)

Barcelona: Ter Stegen – Cancelo, Cubarsi, Araujo, Kounde – Fermin Lopez, Christensen, Gundogan – Raphinha, Lewandowski, Lamine Yamal (4-3-3)

21:00 – Mallorca vs Atletico Madrid

MallorcaAtletico Madrid
Win Probability25%45%

Mallorca are fighting for their lives and they may just fancy this against an Atletico Madrid side that regularly underperforms away. Javier Aguirre has almost his full squad to pick from, although they do have a doubt over defender Jose Manuel Copete.

The home team’s chances are certainly boosted by the suspension of Antoine Griezmann. With Memphis Depay injured and Alvaro Morata out of form, Angel Correa looks like a certain starter for Atleti. Diego Simeone may still go with Morata alongside him, although Samuel Lino could also be pushed forward into an attacking role.

Possible Lineups

Mallorca: Rajkovic – Nastasic, Raillo, Valjent – Jaume Costa, Mascarell, Samu Costa, Maffeo – Radonjic, Dani Rodriguez – Muriqi (3-4-2-1)

Atletico Madrid: Oblak – Hermoso, Gimenez, Witsel – Lino, De Paul, Koke, Llorente, Molina – Correa, Morata (3-5-2)

La Liga 2023/24

Sunday 5th May 2024

14:00 – Osasuna vs Real Betis

OsasunaReal Betis
Win Probability31%40%

Osasuna are not in great shape right now with key men Ante Budimir and David Garcia sidelined through injury and they were really poor in a 3-0 defeat at lowly Granada last time out. Coach Jagoba Arrasate is leaving and they don’t really have anything to play for, but we should probably expect a few changes here given how bad they were last weekend.

Betis are fighting hard for European football and they were marginally the better side in the drawn Seville derby last Sunday. They’ll have to cope without the suspended Isco this weekend, but that should serve up an opportunity for Nabil Fekir to play in his favoured attacking midfield role. Cedric Bakambu is injured so Willian Jose may return up front.

Possible Lineups

Osasuna: Herrera – Cruz, Herrando, Catena, Areso – Muñoz, Torro – Arnaiz, Moi Gomez, Peña – Raul Garcia (4-2-3-1)

Real Betis: Rui Silva – Miranda, Riad, Pezzella, Sabaly – Guido Rodriguez, Cardoso – Ayoze, Fekir, Fornals – Willian Jose (4-2-3-1)

16:15 – Celta Vigo vs Villarreal

Celta VigoVillarreal
Win Probability40%34%

Celta had been going quite nicely under Claudio Giraldez but they were absolutely outplayed by Alaves last weekend in a desperate performance. Jorgen Strand Larsen returns from a ban in a boost ahead of this match with Tasos Douvikas almost certain to drop out.

Villarreal are still monitoring the fitness of the injury-prone Gerard Moreno and may not take any risks with Goncalo Guedes potentially continuing in what may be an unchanged eleven from the 3-0 win over Rayo. Alex Baena assisted all three goals in that game and leads the assist rankings in the Spanish top flight.

Possible Lineups

Celta Vigo: Guaita – Dominguez, Nuñez, Mingueza – Alvarez, Beltran, Jailson, Perez – Bamba, Larsen, Aspas (3-4-3)

Villarreal: Jorgensen – Moreno, Albiol, Mosquera, Femenia – Baena, Comesaña, Parejo, Ilias – Sorloth, Guedes (4-4-2)

18:30 – Valencia vs Alaves

ValenciaAlaves
Win Probability48%22%

Valencia have a major absentee here with goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili suspended after his red card at Barcelona. Jaume Domenech is not the most convincing back-up keeper in the division which is a worry for Ruben Baraja who is also without the injured Fran Perez again, potentially handing another start to 21 year old Peter Gonzalez who played in Barcelona.

Alaves are in better shape on the selection front and they put in perhaps their best performance of the season last time out to beat Celta 3-0. It’s hard to see Luis Garcia changing much from that eleven, although Ruben Duarte is an injury doubt which could spark a defensive reshuffle.

Possible Lineups

Valencia: Domenech – Vazquez, Yarek, Mosquera, Foulquier – Almeida, Guerra, Pepelu – Diego Lopez, Duro, Peter (4-3-3)

Alaves: Sivera – Javi Lopez, Marin, Tenaglia, Gorosabel – Blanco, Benavidez, Guridi – Simeone, Kike Garcia, Vicente (4-3-3)

21:00 – Rayo Vallecano vs Almeria

Rayo VallecanoAlmeria
Win Probability61%17%

Rayo Vallecano are edging towards safety and they’ll be targeting three points here against already relegated Almeria. They’re without the suspended Pathe Ciss this weekend and Iñigo Perez is likely to make changes after a somewhat experimental lineup fell badly short at Villarreal last weekend with Oscar Valentin, Alvaro Garcia and Ivan Balliu all potentially returning.

Almeria had their relegation confirmed on a difficult afternoon against Getafe and they’ll be without three players due to suspension here with Jonathan Viera, Largie Ramazani and Lucas Robertone all unavailable. Gonzalo Melero is finally an option after his lengthy ban though and may feature.

Possible Lineups

Rayo Vallecano: Dimitrievski – Chavarria, Mumin, Lejeune, Balliu – Unai Lopez, Valentin – Alvaro Garcia, Trejo, Isi – Camello (4-2-3-1)

Almeria: Maximiano – Langa, Chumi, Montes, Pubill – Lopy, Edgar – Embarba, Arribas, Baptistao – Lozano  (4-2-3-1)

21:00 – Sevilla vs Granada

SevillaGranada
Win Probability60%17%

Sevilla have been dealt a blow with young striker Isaac Romero suffering a season ending injury. Dodi Lukebakio is likely to start alongside or just off Youssef En-Nesyri as a result. Suso is also suspended, so there’ll be at least two changes from the team that started the derby at Betis.

Granada are playing as well as they have all season and while it may be too little too late, they could be competitive here. Jose Ramon Sandoval may simply name the same team that beat Osasuna 3-0 last time out.

Possible Lineups

Sevilla: Nyland – Salas, Ramos, Bade – Ocampos, Soumare, Agoume, Navas – Lamela, Lukebakio – En-Nesyri (3-4-2-1)

Granada: Batalla – Neva, Miquel, Rubio, Mendez – Jozwiak, Sergio Ruiz, Gumbau, Pellistri – Uzuni, Boye (4-4-2)

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