The classification for the european competitions and the fight for salvation focus the interest of the antepenultimate day of LaLiga Santanderwith several key duels that can seal the future of a large group of teams.
With the title in the hands of Real Madrid for two days and the pass to the Champions League of Barcelona certified, Sevilla and Atlético de Madrid, third and fourth, can settle their presence in the highest continental competition. Both will face two teams that are fighting for permanence.
The day will be opened by Betis of the Chilean Manuel Pellegrini, who with the title of champion of the Copa del Rey in his pocket, has loosened up in LaLiga. He hardly has any chance of reaching the Champions League, which he dreamed of for many days. Accumulate four games in a row without winning. He needs to win at Mestalla Valencia and wait.
The Granadareborn in Mallorca but with the danger just two points away, will receive at the Nuevo Los Cármenes the Athletic, that after taking seven of the last nine points is only one behind Villarreal and therefore from the Conference League.
The thirty-sixth day is completed with Barcelona-Celta. With the Champions League guaranteed, the Xavi Hernandez try to close the second place in the championship and the block of the Argentine Eduardo ‘Chacho’ Coudet achieve a posh result after a gray campaign.
Alavés exhausts its last tricks. The team from Vitoria will host Espanyol, virtually saved, in a match that could be crucial for their near future.
Getafe can also leave closed its continuity in the elite in El Sadar against Osasuna, which has fulfilled its objective for several weekends.
The Sevillawhich has a margin of seven points compared to the fifth, its eternal rival, Betis, will receive the Mallorcawhich marks the red zone with two points less than Granada, against whom they lost last Saturday by 2-6.
Julen Lopetegui’s team was proud at La Cerámica to avoid a seemingly certain defeat against Villarreal at the bell. The point obtained thanks to the goal in extremis by Frenchman Jules Kounde ‘made up’ a weak game.
Now, in front of his fans, he has the opportunity to seal a new presence in the Championsalthough to do so he must overcome Mexican Javier Aguirre’s Mallorca, who is playing it in a game that could be definitive if other results do not accompany it.
The Atletico Madridwinner of the derby against Real Madrid, will visit yet elche that salvation is practically closed at Martínez Valero, where he hasn’t lost for more than twenty years.
The Real societywho has also accumulated a four-game winless streak, will try to take a practically definitive step to repeat his presence in the Europa League at the Reale Arena against Cadiz, sixteenth and with only three points of margin with respect to relegation.
Andoni Iraola’s team, which has already escaped the dreaded relegation, will receive in Vallecas yet Villarreal still depending on himself to access said continental tournament.
The Levante will visit the Santiago Bernabeu to a Real Madrid more worried about getting in tune for the Champions League final against Liverpool. The Valencian team needs the points to continue dreaming of salvation.