Europa League and Conference League qualification still open

With just one matchday left before the end of the season, here’s all you need to know about what could happen this weekend in the most exciting league in Europe, with the title race, the European and relegation spots still to be decided. 

Who can still qualify? Real Sociedad, Real Betis and Villarreal CF 

Who’s in pole position? Real Sociedad and Real Betis, for the Europa League places 

What are the biggest fixtures this week? CA Osasuna vs Real Sociedad, RC Celta vs Real Betis, Real Madrid vs Villarreal CF (May 22nd) 

The top four in LaLiga Santander is already set; as are fifth, sixth and seventh: Real Sociedad, Real Betis and Villarreal CF. These are the seven Spanish teams to play European competitions next season, but there’s just a matter of working out the order, who will play in the Europa League (5th and 6th) and the Conference League (7th).  

As it stands, Real Sociedad and Real Betis will represent LaLiga in the Europa League next season, and the two sides face CA Osasuna and RC Celta, respectively, this weekend, two sides who have nothing on the line. Seventh-placed Villarreal would play in the inaugural season of the Conference League if things stay as they are, and travel to title challengers Real Madrid this weekend.  

Nevertheless, there’s the possibility of a different scenario playing out. Villarreal play Manchester United in the Europa League final on Wednesday 26th. If they win, the Yellow Submarine would play in next season’s Champions League. If this were the case, and Villarreal finished in seventh, there’d be no Spanish representative in the Conference League. If Villarreal finished in fifth or sixth, however, just one LaLiga team would go into the Europa League and the seventh-placed team would head into the Conference League as originally planned.   

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