THE reign in Spain is mainly on the wane. Shock defeats for Barcelona and Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals ended La Liga's domination of Europe this season.
Attention now turns to the Europa League and there could be an all-Spanish final, with Sporting Lisbon the only side who can prevent that.
Atletico Madrid are almost there after beating Valencia 4-2 in the first leg while Athletic Bilbao start their home leg 2-1 down to Sporting.
So let's start with the game that's on a knife-edge. After winning away to Man Utd and Schalke it was a bit of a surprise when Athletic lost in Portugal.
Having said that Sporting are strong at home but interestingly have never won on Spanish soil in nine attempts in Europe.
The problem is the Spanish are likely to concede and both sides have scored in six of their seven European ties at home. A seventh out of eight returns 8-11 (various).
So a 2-1 scoreline would force extra time and penalties are a possibility. If you're taking a side to win on pens back both sides in the shoot-out because it's a lottery as we witnessed in Madrid last night. To win on pens it's 35-1 Athletic with Paddy Power and 40-1 Sporting at Blue Square. Sporting are a biggest 6-5 with BetVictor to reach the Final.
There should be goals and the man to score first could be Fernando Llorente who has netted 23 this season. He is 10-3 at boylesports to break the deadlock and 10-11 (Coral) at any time.
In the other tie a late strike by Ricardo Costa has given Valencia hope but they still need to beat Atletico by at least two clear goals to progress and that's asking a lot.
However, Valencia have a remarkable record at home, losing just once in the Europa League back in 2002, while Atletico, a best 1-3 at Paddy Power to make the Final, haven't won a tie away from home in Spain.
Surprisingly the two La Liga meetings this season have produced just one goal, 1-0 to Valencia at home and 0-0 in Madrid.
The previous eight meetings between the sides saw both teams to score and I reckon there will be few tonight, especially as Valencia will need attack from the start.
Roberto Soldado is 9-2 favourite with Coral to score first (13-10, anytime) but I'm on Falcao at any time for Atletico. The Colombian has rammed in an incredible 27 goals in 27 Europa League ties and is 2-1 (Coral) to score at any time, 9-2 with BetVictor to grab the opener.
Falcao netted twice in the first leg and is 6-1 with Coral to score first and 2-1 at Coral to net at any time.
Falcao to score
Llorente to score
(10-11, Stan James, Coral)