With relegation already a reality for both Sunderland and Middlesbrough, Crystal Palace carry fate in their own hands this weekend knowing a win or draw against fellow strugglers Hull City will be enough to keep hold of their top flight status. Palace have been revitalised under Sam Allardyce since his arrival, climbing out of the bottom three in recent weeks. The Eagles have won or drawn seven of their last 11 Premier League games, though three of those loses come against top half opposition. Hull City looked as if they may pull off a great escape but last weekend's 2-0 loss against Sunderland handed them an almighty set back. Away from home, The Tigers are winless since the opening day of the season back in August, losing 14 and drawing three. They have in fact posted the worst returns on all fronts on the road this term, accumulating just six points from a possible 54, scoring the least goals (9 - averaging 0.5 per game) and conceding the most (41 - averaging 2.3 per game). With the Palace faithful behind them, Big Sam will be confident of getting the job complete Sunday lunchtime to avoid final day jitters.
Two Europa League places are up for grabs in La Liga, however three sides remain in the race with just one point separating them and two games to play. Villarreal are one of those sides, currently holding the slight advantage over chasers Bilbao and Sociedad. The Yellow Submarine have won eight of their last 12 La Liga matches, including four of their last five on home soil. Overall this term they have averaged two points per game at Estadio de la Cerámica, netting a league high average of 1.94 goals per game (when excluding Real Madrid and Barcelona). Their opponents this evening Deportivo currently sit just one place outside of the relegation zone, though a five point gap makes relegation somewhat unlikely. The Herculinos have suffered six loses in their last nine league outings, while they have managed just a single win on the road all season, losing six of their last eight on their travels. With a tough away trip to Valencia on the final day Fran Escribá will be earmarking this as a must win for his side if their season is going to be regarded as a success.