The weekend results are behind us, and here’s where we stand for the Europa League places next year. (The Champions League places are already spoken for, just the final order is uncertain). Current fifth through eighth are:
Sevilla (46) home: Villarreal, Real Sociedad, Real Madrid, Alavés
away: Celta, Depor, Levante, Betis
(NB: Sevilla also play Bayern Munich home and away in the CL, and Barca in the Copa final)
Betis (46) home: Eibar, Las Palmas, Malaga, Sevilla
away: Girona, Atleti, Athletic Club, Leganés
Girona (44) home: Betis, Espanyol, Eibar, Valencia
away: Real Sociedad, Alavés, Getafe, Las Palmas
Celta and Eibar are on 40 points; Celta have matches left against all of the top seven except Atleti and Betis, so if they make it, they’ll deserve it; Eibar’s away matches (Betis, Espanyol, Valencia, Girona and Atleti) will be difficult.
With Sevilla and Barcelona playing in the Copa del Rey final, seventh place will make it into the Europa League.
Tiebreaks: Villarreal wins vs Betis, loses vs Girona.
Sevilla wins vs Girona.
So...what will it take? Girona look like the key...maybe 56 points? It would be a good idea for Villarreal to win a bunch of those home games....