Zaragoza was plagued by injuries and spent most of the season at the bottom of the standings, but they are not to be underestimated. The challenge ahead is a steep one, as they need to defeat Atletico Madrid at home in a crucial game with three players missing and winless in almost one month.
Match: Zaragoza vs Atletico Madrid
Odds: William Hill 2.10
The hosts will be playing without Zuculini, Javi and Obradovic but all of them are long-term absentees that Zaragoza dealt without. Intimidating as this situation might look, it is in fact much better than what the team had to go through two months ago. Back then they had no less than eight players suspended or injured, which further aggravated their struggles and caused them to sink into the relegation area. Two consecutive victories in late April and early May reignited hope and now they have a chance to avoid relegation in the very last round.
Two teams are above them and Celta Vigo is favorite to win its home game against Espanyol, but even so Zaragoza would fight until the last minute. They have the advantage of facing a complacent team who has already secured its Champions League berth and failed to impress in recent rounds. Falcao will start upfront but coach Simeone will replace him for Diego Costa at half time, to avoid any injuries to his star player. Regardless of score, Atletico Madrid will patiently wait for the final whistle.
Zaragoza doesn’t have its fate in its own hands, as it depends on what happens in Vigo where Celta takes on Espanyol. Nevertheless, odds of 2.10 with William Hill for the hosts to prevail are worthwhile, given the fact that their opponents have no motivation for pursuing victory.