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CHAMPIONS – REAL MADRID
They may have just got annihilated by Barcelona in El Clásico, but Real are still nine points clear of a stuttering Sevilla with nine to play. Will a league title be enough to keep Ancelotti in a job or will he have to do something special in the Champions League too?
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE – BARCELONA, ATLÉTICO MADRID, SEVILLA
Barcelona have turned a corner under Xavi and 5 wins in a row with 18 goals scored is more what you expect of the Blaugrana. They will finish ahead of Atlético, who also have 5 wins in a row, but with fewer goals scored. Sevilla have run out of steam, but they will hold on to fourth.
EUROPA LEAGUE – REAL BETIS, REAL SOCIEDAD
Betis have had their best season in years and that form should be enough to keep them in fifth, despite the distraction of the Copa Del Rey final. Sociedad have been too inconsistent, but will get another European adventure, probably in the Europa League.
CONFERENCE LEAGUE – VILLARREAL
Another outstanding European effort from the Yellow Submarine, who have followed up on their Europa League triumph with a run to the Champions League quarter-finals. However, they seem destined for the Conference League next year unless they secure the European Cup.
RELEGATED – CÁDIZ, MALLORCA, LEVANTE
Levante have been cut adrift and eight points will be too much to make up. Mallorca are on a dreadful run of six defeats that has seen them slide into the drop zone. Cádiz sit just outside the bottom three, but they have a hard run-in and will be leapfrogged by an improving Alavés.
PROMOTED – ÉIBAR, ALMERÍA, GIRONA
Éibar’s fans said they were fine with relegation as long as they fought to come back up immediately and the Spanish Gunners have been true to their word. Almería are way out in front with them. Girona are hitting form just when it matters as the play-offs approach.
COPA DEL REY WINNERS – REAL BETIS
Valencia have improved of late, but Pellegrini is creating something special down in Betis that merits a trophy. Iglesias, Juanmi, Canales and Willian José offer a plethora of options in attack, without mentioning the legend that is Joaquín. He will come on to score the winner in the final.
TOP SCORER – KARIM BENZEMA
It’s been another great season for Benzema, who currently sits eight goals ahead of his nearest rivals in La Liga on 22 goals. His remarkable rapid fire hat-trick against PSG in the Champions League shows there are still plenty of goals left in the 34-year-old!