Madrid, May 10: The midweek round of matches in La Liga continues with four games on Wednesday night that will have a big influence on who goes down and who qualifies for next season’s Champions League.
A victory for Atlético de Madrid in their visit to Elche would ensure that Diego Simeone’s side finish in at least fourth position and secure a place in the next Champions League.
Last weekend’s results put Atlético six points behind Betis, who are fifth, with three games to go and with a superior goal difference in head-to-head and three points against an opponent that needs a victory to ensure their stay at the top flight for another season, it would be enough, reports Xinhua.
Third-placed Sevilla are also in action on Wednesday, with a win at home to Mallorca also sealing Julen Lopetegui’s side’s presence in next season’s Champions League.
Mallorca travel to the Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium still shaken by Saturday’s 6-2 loss at home to Granada that saw them fall into the bottom three and Javier Aguirre’s men are bound to get something out of the game.
If Sevilla beat Mallorca, it would have a domino effect, which would mean that Elche would be mathematically safe from relegation.
Wednesday kicks off with Deportivo Alavés at home against Espanyol in a match that the hosts must win to have any chance of staying.
A loss could see Alaves relegated on Wednesday night, depending on Granada’s result at home to Athletic Bilbao on Tuesday, and even a win would likely only delay the inevitable until the weekend.
Wednesday’s fourth game sees Getafe visit Osasuna who also need points to secure their survival and three points for Quique Sánchez Flores’ side in Pamplona would also see them retain their place in the top flight if Mallorca lose in Seville.