This season’s La Liga is turning into one of the most fascinating campaigns ever. While admittedly there is a wide gulf between the first two places and the remainder of the table, every major position in the table is going to be decided on the last day of the season. The Spanish champion is still to be decided with there being just a point separating Barcelona and Real Madrid. While Valencia has locked in the third place guaranteeing qualification for next year’s UCL, the battle for the remaining Champions League and Europa League spots is very well poised.
Real Madrid and Barcelona are separated by a solitary point going into the last match day. Both the teams are facing opponents who are languishing in the bottom half of the table. Unlike the Italian or the English league in which the opponents rolled over in the last few matches against title contenders, there won’t be any such favours in Spain.
Barca takes on Real Valladolid on the final match day. Valladolid has had a remarkable turnaround under their new coach Javier Clemente. In their last seven matches Valladolid had lost only one match. In the previous seven matches, they had lost five games. The major reason for this drastic improvement in performance is Javier Clemente who has turned the season around.
Real Madrid on the other hand are going head to head against Malaga. Another team who is teetering on the brink of relegation, they will be heading out to get a victory or a point atleast. This season has seen Barcelona and Real Madrid pick up more points than ever. Their combined total of 191 points with one match-day to go is a European record.
The Relegation Battle in the La Liga is also delicately poised. The 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th (Tenerife, Valladolid, Malaga, Racing respectively) teams are all locked on 36 points respectively and Xerez on 33 points. There is a slight difference in the rules between the La Liga and the BPL in case of teams tying on same points. The head to head record is considered rather than Goal Difference. Xerez are looking as the team which is likeliest to stay safe. Even though they enter the last day bottom of the table they have beaten all the other teams in the relegation scrap and can be assured of safety if the beat their opponent Osasuna on the final day. The relegation spot is going to end up becoming the most confusing with over 5 different possible combinations of positions possible depending on the outcome of the matches
The race for the fourth spot and the two Europa League Positions is also nicely poised. There are 4 teams challenging for one champions League spot and the two Europa League positions. Sevilla and Mallorca are battling it out for the final Champions League spot. Whoever doesn’t make it will go to the Europa League. Sevilla face Almeria while Mallorca take on Espanyol. Sevilla have a single point lead over Mallorca and their destiny is in their own hands. The team which fails to qualify will be sent to the Europa League and the other spot will be between Villarreal and Getafe who are tied on points.
This nail biting season is going down to the wire and no one has any idea what is going to happen. A fitting finale to one the best seasons of all time.