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La Liga Betting Update: Will Champions League Ban Shake Up Title Race?

According to reports in Spanish media, Real Madrid and Barcelona could be banned from playing in the Champions League. Join us as we examine the latest developments and upcoming fixtures. The latest La Liga lines can be found here.

 

La Liga Betting Update: Will Champions League Ban Shake Up Title Race?
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Real Madrid and Barcelona Banned from Champions League?

According to reports in Spanish media, Real Madrid and Barcelona could be banned from playing in the Champions League. This is due to the Spanish government’s attempts to interfere with the running of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).

Based on the information available to date, FIFA and UEFA are very concerned that the appointment of a government commission may significantly affect the RFEF’s obligation to manage its affairs independently and without undue influence.

May 3rd is the deadline for the relevant information to be shared. If not satisfied, FIFA could suspend Spain as a member.

That would automatically exclude the country from Euro 2024 and the Olympics this summer, in addition to stopping Real Madrid, Barcelona, and other La Liga sides from entering the Champions League and UEFA’s other club competitions.

 

Sevilla Holds Real Betis to 1-1 Draw in Tense Derby

Kike Salas canceled out a first-half penalty from Isco as Sevilla came from behind to draw 1-1 with Real Betis in Sunday’s Seville derby at Estadio Benito Villamarin.

The home team remains seventh in the table, two points behind sixth-placed Real Sociedad. Sevilla is 13th, boasting 38 points from 33 league games.

Sevilla is now unbeaten in their last four league games, picking up 10 points, and is seven points from the last nine available for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

 

Barca Overcomes Valencia With Lewandowski Masterclass

Barcelona cruised to victory thanks to Robert Lewandowski’s second-half hat-trick after Valencia goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili was sent off.

The hosts, who are on the cusp of relinquishing the La Liga title to Real Madrid, took the lead when Fermin Lopez struck. Hugo Duro soon leveled, but Pepelu’s penalty gave Valencia the lead.

Lewandowski equalized early in the second half with a header. He then nodded in a rebound before getting his third from a free-kick in added time.

Barcelona remains second in La Liga, 11 points behind Real Madrid with five games remaining. Valencia is eighth and faces a battle to qualify for Europe next season as they lie four points behind sixth-place Real Sociedad.

Lewandowski appears committed to the remaining two years on his contract at Barcelona, despite heading toward his 36th birthday. The striker is also on course to record his lowest goal tally since 2010-11, his first year after leaving Poland.

 

 

Question Of The Day

Is David De Gea Returning to La Liga?


David De Gea’s situation has surprised many across the world of football. The 33-year-old left Manchester United last summer and has been unable to find a new club. According to reports in the Spanish media, he wants to return to La Liga, and one club he has been linked with is Atletico Madrid, whom he played for until 2011, before joining Man United.

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