Villarreal move closer to survival, Napoli boost Champions League hopes.

Updated: May 2, 2012

Villarreal boosted their chances of survival in the top flight with a tense 3-2 win over Gijon.

Villarreal have 41 points in 16th, one ahead of 17th-placed Rayo Vallecano, who play at Real Mallorca on Wednesday . Gijon are 19th on 34 points, level with Real Zaragoza, who host fifth-placed Levante on Wednesday.

If Rayo avoid defeat in Mallorca Gijon will be down.

Leaders Real Madrid, who have a seven-point lead over second-placed champions Barcelona, can clinch their first title in four years with a win at Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday.

Jose Mourinho’s side will already have sealed the title, however, if Barca lose at home to Malaga in the earlier kickoff.

Third-placed Valencia are level on 55 points with Malaga and host Osasuna on Wednesday as they chase the final automatic Champions League qualifying spot.

Granada moved closer to safety when they won 2-1 at home to Espanyol on Tuesday thanks to a first half double from Nigerian forward Odion Ighalo and are 15th on 42 points, while already-relegated Racing Santander drew 1-1 at mid-table Getafe.

In Italy, Napoli boosted their chances of qualifying for their second successive Champions League campaign with a comfortable 2-0 win over travel-shy Palermo.

AS Roma’s hopes of Champions League football next season suffered another blow when they were held to a goalless draw on a rain-sodden pitch at Chievo.