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ANALYSIS: THE CALENDAR FOR THE PERMANENCE

30 Mar 2015
With ten games remaining in the schedule, eight teams seem destined to fight for the permanence. Levante UD have the better calendar, while Depor have one of the worst rosters with only four remaining games at the Riazor.

Final stretch in la liga, with only ten matchdays remaining eight teams are called to be the ones that will be the protagonists in the fight for the permanence: Getafe CF, SD Eibar, Elche CF, Deportivo, UD Almeria, Levante UD, Granada CF & Córdoba.

These eight clubs are separated by eleven points, while RCD Espanyol are currently five points above the group. So, although the Catalans are not saved yet, it will be hard to see them or any other team in the first part of the standings falling into the pit, in this way it’s highly probable that the three relegated clubs to Segunda División will come out from this eight-club list.

Analyzing the calendar of these eight clubs, all of them have good and bad things. Levante UD, one of the three clubs currently in relegation, have the more favorable scenario. Half of their ten games will be played at the Ciutat de Valencia and they are one of the two teams that already faced giants Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.

Meanwhile, Deportivo have one of the worst schedules, starting with the fact that they will only play four times at the Riazor. Only Elche CF face the same situation among the direct rivals, though in the case of the Valencians they already faced both FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.

The following is the analysis of the calendar for the eight teams trying to survive at Primera:

Getafe CF: The Madrilenians face one of the better situations, they only need between ten and twelve more points and play the half of the games at home, so they only need to secure these 15 points to survive and the best part is that four of the five visitors are direct rivals. Their toughest home game is Villarreal CF. The worst part is that Los Azulones still have to visit FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Home games: Deportivo, Villarreal CF, Levante UD, Granada CF & SD Eibar
Away games: Elche CF, Athletic Club, FC Barcelona, Rayo Vallecano & Real Madrid

SD Eibar: The Basques have only picked one of the last twenty-four points in dispute, but also face a positive calendar as they are one of the two teams that will dispute 6 of the last 10 games at home. Besides, their tougher games at Ipurua are the visits of Málaga CF and Sevilla CF. The worst part is that they still have to visit Real Madrid and Valencia CF, two of the top-four teams in la liga.

Home games: Rayo Vallecano, Málaga CF, RC Celta; Sevilla CF, RCD Espanyol & Córdoba CF
Away games: Real Madrid, UD Almería, Valencia CF & Getafe

Elche CF: The Valencians have shown some reaction lately after adding seven points in the last six games, the problem is that they are one of the two teams will less games at home (4). Besides, they still have to visit Atlético Madrid, Málaga CF and Villarreal CF, clubs trying to secure a European spot. The only good news for them is that they already faced Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, something that only Levante UD can also presume.

Home games: Getafe CF, Real Sociedad, Deportivo & Athletic Club
Away games: RCD Espanyol, Córdoba CF, Atlético Madrid, Málaga CF, Villarreal CF & Levante UD

Deportivo: The Galicians remain winless within the last six games and now will only play four more times at the Riazor, and two of their home meetings are against Atlético Madrid and Villarreal CF. Another bad news is that the last game is at the Camp Nou, which means a high risk in case that the permanence will be defined in the last matchday. Only four of their last ten games are against direct rivals. This is one of the worst rosters among the teams fighting to survive at Primera.

Home games: Córdoba CF, Atlético Madrid, Villarreal CF & Levante UD
Away games: Getafe CF, Real Sociedad, Málaga CF, Elche CF, Athletic Club & FC Barcelona

UD Almeria: The Andalusians are one of the two teams in this group that still have to play six times at home, while they are also pending to resolve the situation with the three-point deduction ordered by FIFA. Their next three homes games are against direct rivals, but the last part in the calendar is deadly as within the last five matchdays they face visits to Real Madrid and Sevilla, plus home meetings with Málaga CF and Valencia CF. They also have to visit FC Barcelona. So, it is a deceiving calendar as only three of their last ten games mean matches against direct rivals.

Home games: Levante UD, Granada CF, SD Eibar, RC Celta, Málaga CF & Valencia CF
Away games: FC Barcelona, Rayo Vallecano, Real Madrid & Sevilla CF

Levante UD: The Valencians face one of the most favourable situations, with five games remaining at home they could secure the permanence adding a couple of vital points on the road, and the best part is that they already faced FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. Their toughest clash is the visit to neighbors Valencia CF and still have to host Sevilla CF and Atlético Madrid.

Home games: Sevilla CF, RCD Espanyol, Córdoba CF, Atlético Madrid & Elche CF
Away games: UD Almería, Valencia CF, Getafe CF, Real Sociedad & Deportivo

Granada CF: A bad calendar, but the problem is that they are currently in relegation and therefore need more points than the rest in order to clinch the salvation. With five games remaining at home they still have to host Sevilla CF and Atlético Madrid, while the tougher visits are Real Madrid and Valencia CF, so 4 of their 10 games are against Champions League aspirants.

Home games: RC Celta, Sevilla CF, RCD Espanyol, Córdoba CF & Atlético Madrid
Away games: Real Madrid, UD Almería, Valencia CF, Getafe CF & Real Sociedad

Córdoba CF: Desperation is surrounding Córdoba after nine straight defeats, and with a difference of seven points with salvation they seem doomed. They practically need to add 22 of the last 30 points in dispute and face tough games against Atlético Madrid, FC Barcelona and Villarreal CF. Not a bad calendar compared to others, but their situation is critical and any error would mean the relegation.

Home games: Atlético Madrid, Elche CF, Athletic Club, FC Barcelona & Rayo Vallecano
Away games: Deportivo, Villarreal CF, Levante UD, Granada CF & SD Eibar

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