The Spanish La Liga draws to a close this weekend, with the action spread over two days. On the first, we’ll see the title decided before Sunday sorts out who’s staying in the division.
It’s been a dramatic season in Spain but there’s still plenty to be decided. Here’s your information on everything that’s to be confirmed!
Saturday sees the decider in terms of the title challenge, as age-old rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid aim to clinch the title. The favourites are Barcelona, who will lift the title once again if they overcome Granada. However, Real Madrid will be able to take advantage if there’s a slip-up as a Barca loss or draw, accompanied by a win for Los Blancos against Deportivo, will see Zinedine Zidane’s side lift the title.
Atletico Madrid could have made it a three-way if they’d continued their run of form last week but a surprise loss to Levante means they’ll have to settle for third place.
The European spots are all sealed, with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid all in the group stages. If Barcelona win the league, they’ll be in pot one for the draw next season and Real Madrid or Atletico could do the same if they win the Champions League. If Real win both, then UEFA’s eighth ranked coefficient (Ukraine) will land a group stage spot, handed to their champions.
The Champions League qualifying spot has been claimed by Villarreal, while below them Celta Vigo and Athletic Bilbao will enter the Europa League. Victory for Celta will cement fifth-place in the league for them but anything less, accompanied by a win for Athletic, will see them finish the season in sixth.
At the bottom of the table, three sides will be fighting for their La Liga spot but two of those will be unsuccessful. Levante are relegated, and have been for a while, finishing the term rock-bottom of the division, but there’s hope for those above them.
Granada’s 4-1 win over Sevilla last weekend secured their safety, which is fortunate given they face Barcelona tomorrow, so that leaves Rayo Vallecano, Sporting Gijon and Getafe fighting for their lives. The latter duo are tied on 36 points, whilst Rayo have 35.
Sporting will have to better Getafe’s result if they are to stay up, whilst Rayo must hope that Real Betis and Villarreal do them a favour, though they must be already relegated Levante.