La Liga Table 2015: Permutations and Scenarios for Final Day of the Season

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistMay 22, 2015

MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 17:  FC Barcelona players celebrate after winning the La Liga at the end of the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and FC Barcelona at Vicente Calderon Stadium on May 17, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Barcelona allayed any fears of final-day tension at the top of La Liga as they secured the title with a 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid on Sunday.

Real Madrid are forced to settle for second place, while Atleti are assured of a top-four finish. Valencia and Sevilla are the final two teams vying for a Champions League spot.

At the bottom, Cordoba were confirmed for the drop earlier this month, but any two of Almeria, Eibar, Granada and Deportivo La Coruna could still go down.

Read on for a look at all of the permutations from the last day of fixtures and the latest standings ahead of Saturday's action.

La Liga Standings
2Real Madrid372926111357689
3Atletico Madrid37238667293877
7Athletic Bilbao371410133841-352
10Rayo Vallecano37154184464-2049
11Celta Vigo371212134442248
12Real Sociedad371013144049-943
17Deportivo La Coruna37713173358-2534
Sky Sports
La Liga Fixtures: Week 38
DateTime (BST/ET)Fixture
May 233:30 p.m./10:30 a.m.Levante vs. Elche
May 235:30 p.m./12:30 p.m.Almeria vs. Valencia
May 235:30 p.m./12:30 p.m.Athletic Bilbao vs. Villarreal
May 235:30 p.m./12:30 p.m.Barcelona vs. Deportivo La Coruna
May 235:30 p.m./12:30 p.m.Celta Vigo vs. Espanyol
May 235:30 p.m./12:30 p.m.Eibar vs. Cordoba
May 235:30 p.m./12:30 p.m.Granada vs. Atletico Madrid
May 235:30 p.m./12:30 p.m.Malaga vs. Sevilla
May 235:30 p.m./12:30 p.m.Rayo Vallecano vs. Real Sociedad
May 237:30 p.m./2:30 p.m.Real Madrid vs. Getafe
BBC Sport

Top Four

Though the top two spots have already been confirmed, the third and the fourth places are still to be decided.

Atletico will be eager to secure third place as it would see them qualify directly into the Champions League group stages. 

However, Valencia could leapfrog the 2013-14 La Liga champions by virtue of their head-to-head record if Atleti lose away to Granada and Los Che win at Almeria.

Atletico Madrid need a point on the final day to guarantee third place in La Liga.
Atletico Madrid need a point on the final day to guarantee third place in La Liga.Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

However, a point for Diego Simeone's men would secure third spot.

Looking behind them, Valencia could also drop to fifth if Sevilla beat Malaga away and Nuno's side fail to win.

If Sevilla fail to nick fourth, they could still be in the Champions League next season, as they will qualify if they beat Dnipro in the Europa League final on May 27.

Relegation Battle 

It is very tight at the bottom of La Liga, with Almeria and Eibar currently on 32 points in 18th and 19th and Depor and Granada two points ahead on 34.

Almeria and Eibar both have to win to have a chance of avoiding the drop, with the former facing a huge challenge at home to Valencia and the latter facing already relegated Cordoba.

However, Cordoba do have an incentive to take Eibar down with them, per Spanish football writer Chris Moar:

Depor face an incredibly tough challenge away to Barca, although manager Luis Enrique may well be inclined to rest a few players with a Copa del Rey and a Champions League final still to come.

Granada face similar difficulty at home to Atleti. There is a scenario in which all four teams could end up on 35 points—if Almeria and Eibar both win, while Granada and Depor draw.

It would then go down to head-to-head record. The permutations are almost endless. In fact, there are 81 of them, per AS:

The two sides currently holding the relegation spots are the favourites to go down, but given the difficulty of the other teams' fixtures, Eibar may just hold an edge with only Cordoba to turn over.

Europa League 

Athletic Bilbao have a Europa League spot within their grasp.
Athletic Bilbao have a Europa League spot within their grasp.Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

Villarreal have confirmed sixth spot and will be joined in the Europa League by the team who finishes fifth—either Valencia or Sevilla.

However, there could be a third team in the Europa League from Spain next season, and it is likely to be Athletic Bilbao.

Athletic can gain their spot with a win over Barca in the Copa del Rey final or, failing that, a seventh-placed finish in the league.

Athletic are currently in seventh, but they can be overtaken by Malaga if they fail to beat Villarreal at home and Los Boquerones beat Sevilla.

If that happens, and Athletic lose in the Copa del Rey final, Malaga will move on to the Europa League. 


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