With only three games left to the end of the extended season, Real Madrid will now need only two wins to secure their first La Liga title in three years and their 34th in total. However, closest rivals look determined to push them all the way and after matchday 35, that looks to be the case.
Elsewhere, Sevilla and Atletico Madrid will slug it out for third place, even though it appears both sides will make it to next season’s Champions League.
At the foot of the table, Espanyol are doomed and will play in the Segunda next term while Leganes and Mallorca are still in with a shout of avoiding the drop, even though their chances look real slim.
Who will drop?
As explained, Espanyol are down and out already with a paltry 24 points from 35 games. Leganes are only five points above them while Mallorca are on 32 points. Espanyol’s relegation was made certain by their city rivals Barcelona, who won 1-0 in a tempestuous Catalonia derby that saw both sides reduced to 10 men.
Leganes didn’t do their chances much good with a 0-0 draw at Eibar while Mallorca boosted their survival hopes with a 2-0 win over Levante.
Just above the relegation zone are Alaves, Celta Vigo and Eibar, who all run the risk of facing the drop.
Who goes to Europe?
Villareal, Sevilla and Atletico could all finish third, even though it looks like the top four is already set with Sevilla and Atletico – in no particular order – claiming the final two spots. Villareal look set for the Europa League. Also in with a shout for Europa League places are Granada and Real Sociedad, who will look to upstage Sociedad and Getafe in the final Europa League spots with only seven points separating them in the chasing pack.
Who then wins La Liga?
Real Madrid most probably. With only three games left and a four-point advantage, Los Blancos look shoo-in for another league title. While wins are not guaranteed in all three of their games, they have however looked better since the restart than Barcelona and bookies would bet on the Blaugrana even losing further steam than their eternal rivals in Spain’s capital.