La Liga returns. What should we expect ?

While Premier League and Serie A are yet to return, June 11th is a date that one should mark in their calendar. La Liga will return, and the 20 teams will have to deal with their unfinished business. The tittle race, the fight for European spots, the fight for staying in the top-flight are all still on and they are all almost as exciting.

Relegation battle

As it stands, 3 teams are to be relegated: Espanyol (20 points), Leganes (23 points) and Mallorca (25 points) and 7 others are fighting to avoid replacing one of the 3: Celta Vigo (26 points), Eibar (27 points), Valladolid (29 points), Alaves (32 points), Levante (33 points), Betis (33 points) and Osasuna (34 points).

With 11 games in hand, these 10 teams are the ones to be the most in danger as some of them are far from reaching 40 points (which historically speaking is the safest amount to avoid relegation) while some others either don’t have the experience to deal with this kind of pressure or don’t really seem to have what it takes to stay in the top flight according to their results.

Of all these 10 teams, Espanyol and Leganes are the ones that seem to have already ‘’secured’’ their place in La Segunda, with 4W15L and 5W14L in 27 games each, it would be a real miracle if they could play top-flight football next season.

Osasuna may seem to be the safest, but they still have not guaranteed anything. For starters, they will still have to do without their star player Chimy Avila (injured since January and wasn’t very far from joining Barcelona instead of Braithwaite), and still have some very difficult games in hand, they still have to travel to Sociedad, Valencia, and Barca and most importantly they still have to play against their direct competitors Alaves, Leganes, Eibar, Betis and Celta.

On the other hand Celta Vigo are also in danger, they benefited from their ‘’beginners luck’’ last season as they fought for staying in the top-flight for the 1st time in many years, with 5W11L, they still need at least 14 out of 33 points remaining to stay in the safe zone.

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European spots

It is safe to say that Real Madrid and FC Barcelona have already booked their places for next year’s Champions League, this leaves us with only 4 Europeans spots available for Spanish teams next season. Sevilla (47 points), Real Sociedad (46 points), Getafe (46 points) and Atletico (45 points) will either play Champions League or Europa League football next season.

The underdogs clearly are Getafe and Real Sociedad, but the side from Madrid have shown some positive signs this season by knocking out last season Champions League’s semi-finalists Ajax from the Europa League for example. Bear in mind that they must have learned from last season’s lesson when they lost their Champions League spot to Valencia in the very last stages of the league. On the other hand, Real Sociedad displayed some very beautiful football this season, managed to knock Real Madrid out of La Copa as a proof of them playing without any kind of pressure and also being aware of the talent they have (Odegaard, Isaak, Oyarzabal…). San Sebastian might just host Champions League games for the first time since 2013!

Then comes the 2 most experienced ones: Atletico Madrid and Sevilla. Los Colchoneros are only 2 points away from Sevilla but have been dealing with some tough times in La Liga this season as they are usually fighting for tittle by this time of the season.

Sevilla’s squad is a great combination of talent and experience. Lopetegui’s side have had quite a beautiful season so far and do not look like they are willing to let anything go.

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Tittle race

Barcelona and Real Madid are fighting for La Liga tittle, sky is blue!

2 points are separating the teams, Real Madrid got better results in direct confrontations. Barca are having a better season management so far.

There are still 11 games in hand, Barcelona still have to face Sevilla, Celta and Villareal away from home.  Real Madrid toughest remaining games on the other are Valencia, Villareal, Sociedad, Bilbao.

The tittle race is on fire and it seems like it will not be settled before the 38th gameday.

Who ll be staying in the 1st division? Who will play Champions League and who will play Europa League? Who will be crowned champions?  Nobody got the answers to all these questions, but one thing is for sure, beautiful football is back!