With the race at the top of the table all but decided, the real battle in La Liga BBVA is the fight to avoid relegation.
The Relegation Battle is Far from Decided
Three teams will be relegated at the end of the season in the Spanish first division but there are currently seven teams who are still in the danger zone which means there will be an element of desperation to their remaining games. The most likely relegation candidate is Huesca who only have 5 wins out of 32 matches played. The managed a crucial tie against a Barcelona side that was basically made up of second team players and members of the youth team. The won’t care much about those details as any points are crucial to their slim hopes of remaining in the top flight. Although every game will be crucial until the end, the most import fixtures will come against other teams that find themselves at the bottom of the table. Their next match against Rayo Vallecano would take them from 20th to 19th and the looser of the game can expect play in division two next season.
Week 32 saw Villareal pick up a huge win in their efforts to avoid relegation when they beat Girona on the road. The win took them to 33 points, 1 point behind Girona in the standings but more importantly, two points ahead of 18th place Villadolid, the third and final team that are currently in the relegation zone. Another team that find themselves on 33 points is Levante who have been in terrible form lately. They have not won a game since February 16th and have only won two matches in the league since the start of 2019. They have a lot of issues but the main reason they haven’t won since early February is because they haven’t kept a clean sheet since before then. In fact, they are statistically the worst defense in the league with 59 goals against in 32 games played. Their offense doesn’t give much room for optimism either with the fifth worst goals for in the league. Although they currently sit just above the relegation zone in 16th place, on current form, they are just as likely as any team to be dropped.
Top of the Table
With a comfortable lead at the top and a home game in the Champions League midweek against Manchester United, Barcelona rested everybody with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez not even appearing on the bench. The game finished in a draw and they will be satisfied with that considering this lineup has not played together all season. You will have to forgive them for having their eyes on the Champions League for now, the rest of the league has not done enough to put pressure on the Catalans. Their closest rivals Atletico Madrid, took care of business at home against Celta Vigo. They were able to close the gap by two points but are still nine points behind with 6 games left to play. They would essentially need Barcelona to drop 10 out of their final 18 remaining available points to have a chance. So far after 32 matches played, Barcelona have dropped 14 points total which essentially means Atletico have no chance of catching them at the top.