Who can still qualify? Real Sociedad, Villarreal CF, Real Betis, RC Celta, Athletic Club, Granada CF and Cádiz CF
Who’s in pole position? Real Sociedad, Villarreal and Real Betis
What are the biggest fixtures this week? Granada vs Real Madrid (May 13th), Athletic Club vs Real Madrid (May 16th), Barcelona vs Celta (May 16th) and Villarreal vs Sevilla (May 16th)
The top four in LaLiga Santander is already set; it’s just a matter of working out the order. As such, we already know which sides will be in the Champions League next season. The race to qualify for Europe, therefore, is all about making it into the Europa League and the Conference League.
The teams finishing fifth, sixth and seventh will all qualify for Europe, with fifth and sixth bringing a ticket to the Europa League and seventh a place in the inaugural Conference League. If Villarreal also win this year’s Europa League final then they would go to the Champions League, but for the other sides the mission is simply to make it into the top seven by the end of the campaign.
Along with Villarreal, the other teams currently in these positions are Real Sociedad and Real Betis and they boast a sizable advantage over the chasing pack.
Cádiz have a mathematical chance of qualifying for Europe but it’s a virtually impossible task. But Celta, Athletic Club or Granada could make it if they put together a run over these next three games. They have tough games coming up, though. Celta face Barcelona in midweek, while Athletic and Granada both face title chasers Real Madrid over the coming days. Sevilla could do them a favour by beating Villarreal on Matchday 37, though, so we’re not safe from surprises just yet.