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THE FIGHT FOR THE PERMANENCE

24 Mar 2011
Nine clubs still involved in the fight for the permanence; Deportivo is now just two points above the pit, and it faces a complicate end of season, but there are other teams with a worse calendar.

The defeat against Levante UD brought pessimism among the fans, Lotina’s Depor is now living just two points above the relegation zone and now everybody is starting to make their own calculations. The salvation still calculated in 41 or 42 points, and for the moment only seven clubs have already reached that mark, and with Atletico Madrid just three points behind the 42 points it can be said that the fight for the permanence is disputed by the remaining twelve clubs.

RCD Mallorca, Depor’s next rival in liga, is just four points below the mark of the 42 points; which means that they only need one win and one draw in the remaining nine games on the liga competition. The rest of teams need at least seven more points.

The situation at the bottom of the table:

place

team

points

9

RCD Mallorca

38

10

Levante UD

35

11

Osasuna

35

12

Real Sociedad

35

13

Getafe

34

14

Racing Santander

32

15

Sporting Gijon

31

16

Deportivo

31

17

Zaragoza

30

18

Malaga

29

19

UD Almeria

26

20

Hércules

26

For Deportivo the magic number is eleven; the Galicians need to add eleven of the remaining twenty-seven points in dispute (41% of the total), this in order to secure the permanence. The problem for Lotina’s players is that four of those nine matches must be played against clubs that are currently fighting for the top places: Atletico Madrid, Athletic Bilbao, Barcelona and Valencia, though three of them will be played at the Riazor (Barcelona is the only away match on this list).

As a way of comparison, the current last place at the standings is Hércules CF, but it occurs that they have the easiest calendar as seven of their last nine matches are against direct rivals, including Depor, actually the club from Alicante is one of the few clubs that already faced Real Madrid and Barcelona in the second round, and their only matches against European contenders are against RCD Espanyol and Atletico Madrid, two clubs that have had a mediocre performance on the second round.

Radically different is the situation for the penultimate place at the standings, Almeria UD, side that has to face six European candidates within its last nine games, including Barcelona and Real Madrid; actually the Andalusians are the only club among the bottom three places that still have to face the two giants in Spain.

The other club currently living inside the relegation zone is Malaga CF, and the Andalusians just have to face three matches against teams at the top positions: Athletic Bilbao, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona, and only the meeting against the Catalans will be played at home, which by the way could turn to be favourable for them as it’s the clash of the last liga matchday, and by that day the tournament could be already decided, which means that Barcelona might lose interest on that confrontation.

Finally, the other club that’s living under the shadow of Deportivo is Real Zaragoza, and the Aragonians are having the same scenario than the Galicians as they also have to face four clubs at the top positions within their last nine games, though the names are different: Sevilla, Villarreal, Real Madrid and RCD Espanyol

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