LaLiga matchday 37 preview & predicted lineups

la liga matchday 37 preview

It’s the penultimate weekend of the Spanish top flight season and we’ve got the rare occurrence of nine games on the same day. There are plenty of teams no longer playing for anything but there’s a big one in the race for Europa League qualification with Real Betis hosting Real Sociedad. Here’s our full 2023/24 LaLiga matchday 37 preview with predicted lineups and win probabilities for every game.


LaLiga matchday 37 preview – Predicted lineups


Real Betis stadium
Betis host La Real in a key clash in the race for 6th.

Saturday 18th May 2024

21:00 – Alaves vs Getafe

AlavesGetafe
Win Probability46%24%

Alaves rested a host of players in Madrid in midweek but they weren’t anywhere near as bad as the 5-0 scoreline suggested. Evenso, Luis Garcia is likely to mostly revert back to the core group of players who recently delivered three straight wins to nil. They have no fresh injury issues and will start Jesus Owono in goal again.

Getafe have lost three on the spin and look very much in end of season mode now. They’re not offering much threat up top and are short on defenders for this game with Djene a doubt, while Juan Iglesias and Domingos Duarte are out.

Possible Lineups

Alaves: Owono – Lopez, Marin, Abqar, Gorosabel – Blanco, Benavidez – Simeone, Guridi, Vicente – Kike Garcia (4-2-3-1)

Getafe: Soria – Rico, Alderete, Gaston, Carmona – Oscar Rodriguez, Moriba, Maksimovic, Milla – Greenwood, Mata (4-4-2)

La Liga predictions

Sunday 19th May 2024

19:00 – Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano

BarcelonaRayo
Win Probability74%10%

Barcelona need one more win to clinch 2nd place and with it a trip to next season’s Spanish Supercopa. They should get it here. Ilkay Gundogan will return from suspension while Raphinha is likely to rotate back in with Lamine Yamal perhaps due a rest after playing the full 90 minutes against both Real Sociedad and Almeria already this week. Ronald Araujo is still an injury doubt.

Rayo played 85 minutes with 10 men against Granada in midweek but still somehow won the game 2-1 against their already relegated opponents. There’s likely to be a fair bit of fatigue as a result on Sunday but with safety not yet mathematically guaranteed and few appealing back-up options, a similar eleven is likely with the visitors expected to park the bus and play for the point that would keep them up. Oscar Trejo is suspended.

Possible Lineups

Barcelona: Ter Stegen – Cancelo, Martinez, Cubarsi, Kounde – Gundogan, Christensen, Fermin – Ferran, Lewandowski, Raphinha (4-3-3)

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

19:00 – Granada vs Celta Vigo

GranadaCelta Vigo
Win Probability30%43%

Granada enjoyed a brief revival under Jose Ramon Sandoval a few weeks back but they’ve been really poor in their last two games, going down 4-0 to Real Madrid’s reserves at home before losing at Rayo, despite playing with a man advantage for 85 minutes. There are few certainties in this eleven for the already relegated side but Marc Martinez is expected to continue in goal.

Celta staged a fine late comeback to beat Athletic and move to the brink of safety in midweek. Iago Aspas only featured in the Second Half of that game but looks certain to return here with Oscar Mingueza and Hugo Alvarez also likely to rotate back in.

Possible Lineups

Granada: Martinez – Neva, Miquel, Rubio, Mendez – Villar, Gumbau, Hongla – Callejon, Boye, Pellistri (4-3-3)

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

19:00 – Valencia vs Girona

ValenciaGirona
Win Probability33%41%

Valencia have gone three without scoring and five without winning to end their European hopes. Some rotation is to be expected from the side that lost 1-0 at Real Sociedad. Top scorer Hugo Duro missed that game due to injury and remains a doubt for this one while Pepelu should be okay to start after missing the trip to Donostia due to illness.

Girona were unfortunate to lose 1-0 at home to Villarreal on Tuesday and are likely to go strong here with a similar eleven after a longer break between matches than some teams. Yan Couto was ill in the week but may come in at right back or right wing back depending on whether Michel opts to play with three central defenders.

Possible Lineups

Valencia: Mamardashvili – Gaya, Yarek, Mosquera, Foulquier – Almeida, Guerra, Pepelu – Diego Lopez, Yaremchuk, Canos (4-3-3)

Girona: Gazzaniga – Blind, David Lopez, Eric Garcia – Miguel, Aleix Garcia, Ivan Martin, Couto – Savio, Tysgankov – Dovbyk (3-4-2-1)

19:00 – Atletico Madrid vs Osasuna

Atletico MadridOsasuna
Win Probability68%13%

Atletico Madrid secured Champions League qualification by beating Getafe 3-0 on Wednesday thanks to a hat-trick from Antoine Griezmann. There’ll be a couple of enforced changes on Sunday with Jose Maria Gimenez and Axel Witsel both suspended. Pablo Barrios is a doubt in midfield while Angel Correa is vying with the out-of-form and seemingly out-of-favour Alvaro Morata for a start up top alongside Griezmann.

Jagoba Arrasate’s brilliant reign as Osasuna boss is petering out slightly. They’re in no danger of going down but it’s six without a win. Top scorer Ante Budimir was an unused sub in midweek but should see some action here, although it’s unclear whether that’ll be from the start. Rotation is to be expected with Moi Gomez, Johan Mojica and Lucas Torro among those who shuld return. Arrasate opted for Aitor Fernandez over Sergio Herrera in goal in the week and we may see them get one game each between now and the end of the campaign, although it’s uncertain which way around that’ll be.

Possible Lineups

Atleti: Oblak – Hermoso, Savic, Azpilicueta – Lino, De Paul, Koke, Saul, Llorente, – Correa, Griezmann (3-5-2)

Osasuna: Herrera – Mojica, Herrando, Catena, Areso – Torro, Moncayola – Arnaiz, Ibañez, Moi Gomez – Raul Garcia (4-2-3-1)

19:00 – Cadiz vs Las Palmas

CadizLas Palmas
Win Probability49%23%

This is a massive game with Cadiz (18th) breathing life into the relegation battle by winning their last two. They were impressive 1-0 winners at Sevilla in midweek with Sergi Guardiola the unlikely match winner deep into Second Half Stoppage Time. That may not be enough to earn him a start here though with Mauricio Pellegrino likely to keep changes to a minimum after a strong display.

Las Palmas ended an eight game losing streak with an improved display in the 2-2 draw against Betis on Thursday. They looked absolutely safe with 35 points back in February, but they’ll go into the final game with work still to do if they lose this. Garcia Pimienta is unlikely to change too much from the midweek game after a good performance from what was close to his strongest eleven.

Possible Lineups

Cadiz: Ledesma – Javi Hernandez, Chust, Fali, Zaldua – Navarro, Alcaraz, Escalante, Sobrino – Ramos, Roger Marti (4-4-2)

Las Palmas: Valles – Cardona, Marmol, Coco, Alex Suarez – Kirian, Loiodice – Sandro, Moleiro, Park – Munir (4-2-3-1)

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19:00 – Real Betis vs Real Sociedad

Real BetisReal Sociedad
Win Probability38%32%

This is a massive game in the race for Europa League qualification, with Real Betis in 7th, currently one point behind Real Sociedad in 6th. The hosts have major doubts over key men Isco and Guido Rodriguez after both went off injured in the First Half at Las Palmas on Thursday. Johnny Cardoso should definitely rotate in with Juan Miranda, Willian Jose and Youssouf Sabaly also likely to return after midweek rests.

Real Sociedad clinched European qualification for the fifth year running by beating Valencia on Thursday but they’ll want Europa League rather than Conference League football. Take Kubo put in his best performance for some time in that match and is in contention for a start here but Imanol may opt for fresh legs where possible with Brais Mendez, Mikel Oyarzabal and Hamari Traore all looking certain to return after midweek rests.

Possible Lineups

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

Real Sociedad: Remiro – Tierney, Le Normand, Pacheco, Traore – Turrientes, Merino, Brais Mendez – Barrenetxea, Oyarzabal, Becker (4-3-3)

19:00 – Mallorca vs Almeria

MallorcaAlmeria
Win Probability57%18%

This is a big pressure game for Mallorca who will be safe with a win but could be in danger going into the final weekend if they lose. Javier Aguirre will surely just go with his strongest eleven as he sees it for this game with Vedat Muriqi returning up front following suspension and a number of players back following midweek rests.

Almeria are down and very much out with Pepe Mel likely to make changes after a 2-0 defeat to Barcelona on Thursday. Largie Ramazani serves the final game of a four match ban while Edgar Gonzalez remains an injury doubt for an Almeria side that has won a couple of away games in recent weeks but remain on just 17 points with only two to play.

Possible Lineups

Mallorca: Rajkovic – Copete, Raillo, Valjent – Jaume, Antonio, Samu, Maffeo – Darder, Dani Rodriguez – Muriqi (3-4-2-1)

Almeria: Maximiano – Langa, Chumi, Montes, Pubill – Robertone, Peña – Embarba, Viera, Romero – Lozano  (4-2-3-1)

19:00 – Villarreal vs Real Madrid

VillarrealReal Madrid
Win Probability29%46%

Villarreal have a host of selection issues here with Alex Baena and Kiko Femenia suspended while they could be missing as many as seven players due to injury if Gerard Moreno and Raul Albiol do not shake off their respective issues in time to feature.

Real Madrid have nothing to play for and the suspicion is that Carlo Ancelotti will mostly revert back to his “B team” after fielding most of his regulars in midweek. Despite late reports in the Spanish media suggesting Kepa would play, Thibaut Courtois continued in goal and made 10 saves against Alaves. It looks certain he’ll start the Champions League Final but it’s less clear whether Ancelotti will opt for the Belgian or Andriy Lunin here with the latter potentially getting his final game of the campaign.

Possible Lineups

Villarreal: Jorgensen – Moreno, Bailly, Cuenca, Mosquera – Capoue, Parejo, Comesaña – Guedes, Sorloth, Traore (4-3-3)

Real Madrid: Lunin – Fran Garcia, Rudiger, Militao, Lucas Vazquez – Modric, Camavinga, Ceballos – Guler, Joselu, Brahim (4-3-3)

19:00 – Athletic Club vs Sevilla

Athletic ClubSevilla
Win Probability56%19%

Athletic Club can no longer qualify for the Champions League and they named a surprise eleven in Vigo on Wednesday with neither of the Williams brothers starting while there was a Second Half goalkeeping change with Julen Agirrezabala replacing Unai Simon in the 62nd minute. They look to be doing better on the injury front heading into this game and while there’s nothing to play for, Valverde may name a much stronger eleven as his side look to win their final home fixture of a successful season. Club legend Iker Muniain could start what will be his final game at San Mames.

Sevilla did name what was effectively their best team on Wednesday but were really disappointing in a 1-0 home defeat to struggling Cadiz. Quique Sanchez Flores has seemed more reluctant to rotate than other LaLiga managers, perhaps in the knowledge that many of his fringe players will leave in the summer but we’ll see at least one change in midfield here with Boubakary Soumare suspended.

Possible Lineups

Athletic: Simon – Yuri, Vivian, Paredes, De Marcos – Herrera, Vesga – Berenguer, Muniain, Nico Williams – Iñaki Williams (4-2-3-1)

Sevilla: Nyland – Salas, Ramos, Bade – Pedrosa, Jordan, Agoume, Juanlu – Ocampos, Suso – En-Nesyri (3-4-2-1)


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Mark is a freelance writer based in Madrid. He has been writing about Spanish football since 2014 and regularly attends and covers matches across Spain. His work has also been published by various newspapers and websites including These Football Times, World Soccer and Guardian Sport. Available for freelance work: marksochon (at) hotmail.co.uk