Football is ultimately all about the excitement and LaLiga 1l2l3 is certainly treating us to more than its fair share of edge-of-your-seat action as we enter the final furlong of the season. This year has seen the Spanish second tier prove to be particularly fiercely contested, as evidenced by the fact that with four rounds of fixtures to go, there is something at stake for virtually every team. With one remaining automatic promotion berth there for the taking and the race to secure a playoff place and the fight to avoid the drop still being contested, the final run-in promises to be quite some battle. Indeed, even runaway leaders Levante UD, who sealed promotion to LaLiga Santander several matchdays ago, are still toiling away in their bid to be crowned champions. The Valencians currently have one hand on the trophy and require just a point from their remaining games to seal glory.
Girona FC are the only team able to deny the Granotes from clinching the title, with the Catalans currently in pole position to bag the remaining automatic promotion spot. Pablo Machin's charges hold a seven-point advantage over third-placed Getafe CF and with 12 points up for grabs between now and the end of the season, a minimum of five points from their next four outings would be enough for Girona to earn a place in LaLiga Santander for the first time in their history.
Getafe, CD Tenerife and Cadiz CF all harbour rather faint ambitions of gatecrashing the party and stealing the remaining automatic promotion berth. However, if they fall short they will most certainly be looking to claim a playoff spot. At present, the Madrilenians are leading the charge on 61 points, two ahead of the islanders and the Andalusians and five better off than SD Huesca, who currently occupy the final playoff position. However, R. Valladolid CF and R. Oviedo are both breathing down their necks and certainly haven't given up hope of extending their seasons.
Sitting below these playoff pretenders are a Sevilla Atletico side who have enjoyed a superb campaign in which the newcomers sealed their league status with several games to spare. The same goes for CD Lugo, CD Numancia and CF Reus, whose hopes of achieving a place in the playoffs are now rather remote.
A glance further down the standings would suggest that the final few matchdays will serve up an intriguingscrap to avoid the dreaded drop, with a whole host of clubs involved in a relegation dogfight which looks destined to go right to the wire. CD Mirandes, who are seven points adrift of safety, are marooned at the foot of the table and have it all to do if they're to haul themselves out of the mire. Meanwhile, another side who really have their work cut out are RCD Mallorca, with Sergi Barjuan's troops sitting four points shy of 18th spot. Things really couldn't be any tighter between the other sides immersed in this nip-and-tuck tussle at the wrong end of the table. Elche CF and Nastic currently find themselves languishing in the remaining two relegation spots, with a total of six teams separated by just three points above them. There is a distinct possibility that the whole complexion of the battle to avoid the drop could change this matchday, in which several relegation-threatened sides go head-to-head.
AD Alcorcon are level on points with Nastic, whilst UD Almeria, Cordoba CF and UCAM Murcia CF are only two points better off. Finally, Rayo Vallecano and R. Zaragoza boast three and four-point buffers on the relegation zone, but neither can afford to take anything for granted in a division in which the league table changes by the week and where a series of good or poor results can see a side propel themselves up the table or plummet rapidly down the standings.
Excitement levels are at fever pitch with the 11 encounters to be contested this matchday poised to have a significant bearing on the state of play at both ends of the table.© LaLiga - Year 2017