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03 May 2017
Three matchdays are remaining and nothing is defined yet at the top of the standings, but the situation is different at the bottom as two of the three relegated are already decided.

The busy month of April is over, but despite only three matchdays are remaining nothing is defined at the top. Because the leaders, in general, did their homework and all the European spots and the title remain open. After all, five of the four clubs that won the three games played on last week are among the teams fighting for Europe: FC Barcelona, Villarreal CF, Athletic Club and Real Sociedad. The other liga team with threw wins in a row was Málaga CF.

The big news is that FC Barcelona defeated Real Madrid at the Bernabéu (2-3), the Catalans are now the leaders due to the goal difference rule, but the Madrilenians have control of the situation as they have a pending game visiting RC Celta.

Nether the remaining four European spots are defined. Atlético Madrid lost at the Calderón hosting Villarreal CF (0-1), but later trashed UD Las Palmas on the road (0-5) seizing the 4-2 loss of Sevilla visiting Málaga CF. Now Los Rojiblancos have a three-point gap at the third place, which gives a direct ticket for the next Champions League.

Meanwhile, Villarreal CF still have hopes of reaching the fourth spot, their three wins in a row left them only five points below Sevilla CF, but despite the recent poor form of the Andalusian, with three games remaining, it seems difficult. What’s narrow is the difference between the teams fighting for the two spots in the next Europa League. Three clubs are in a frame of only two points, Villarreal CF, Athletic Club and Real Sociedad. So, the whole European race could end defined until the last matchday.

The situation at the bottom of the standings:

place team points GF GA
1 Barcelona 81 104 33
2 Real Madrid 81 92 39
3 Atlético 71 65 25
4 Sevilla 68 62 44
5 Villarreal 63 52 28
6 Athletic 62 51 38
7 Real Sociedad 61 54 48
8 Eibar 54 54 45

Last week confirmed the first two clubs relegated to Segunda: CA Osasuna and Granada CF. The Navarrans only picked two of the last twelve points in dispute, while the Andalusians have lost five games in a row. The other relegation spot is about to be defined and only three clubs are in the fight: Deportivo, CD Leganés and Sporting Gijón.

Deportivo missed a great chance to secure the permanence in the 2-2 draw visiting CA Osasuna. Now Sporting need to add at least seven of the last nine points in dispute and see CD Leganés failing, or to win three times and see Depor losing their three games. There’s also a remote case in which the three clubs end tied in 33 points, in that case Depor would be relegated, but it will need a combination of results (Sporting winning three times and CD Leganés adding three points).

The situation at the bottom of the standings:

place team points GF GA
16 Deportivo 32 39 59
17 Leganés 30 30 53
18 Sporting 24 38 70
19 Granada 20 28 74
20 Osasuna 19 37 84

The three clubs still fighting to survive in la liga face favourable scenarios as they play at home and before clubs that have nothing to win. Depor entertain RCD Espanyol, Sporting Gijón do the same with UD Las Palmas and CD Leganés host Real Betis. A victory by Sporting would leave the matter open, because they won the particular series with CD Leganés, but Depor could secure the permanence with a victory and without needing to look back to the other two clubs.

There’s also excitement at the top. FC Barcelona face a tough challenge hosting in-form Villarreal CF, while Real Madrid visit already relegated Granada CF. There’s also an interesting Sevilla CF hosting Real Sociedad in what could define some things in the European zone. The matchday is completed with other four games: Atlético Madrid Vs. SD Eibar; Deportivo Alavés Vs. Athletic Club; Valencia CF Vs. CA Osasuna & Málaga CF Vs. RC Celta.



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