Thursday, October 27, 2016
After having played only 9 days of the Spanish League it’s already worth briefly reviewing its current status.
Starting at the top, we can see that there are five teams who are separated by only 3 points: Real Madrid 21, Sevilla 20, FC Barcelona and Villarreal 19 and Atlético Madrid 18. It is expected that in the upcoming weeks the situation may vary quite a bit. For this reason, its suffice to just have a glance at the matches to be played until the 3rd or 4th of December, the date on which FC Barcelona and Real Madrid will face each other at Camp Nou.
Real Madrid has an easy few matches coming up in its calendar facing teams such as Alavés, Leganés and Sporting and with only one complicated match against Atlético Madrid in the 12th fixture in the Vicente Calderon Stadium. Sevilla, for their part, will play against Barça (week 11) and against Valencia, (week 13) and although both matches will be played at home, they will still be very complicated.
As regards FC Barcelona, they will play 2 fairly attainable matches at Camp Nou against Granada and Málaga though they will have 2 very tricky away games against Sevilla and Real Sociedad before the match against Real Madrid.
As for Villarreal, they have 2 relatively easy matches: With Eibar, for an away match and Alavés at home and another one expected to be a little more complicated in Bilbao against Athletic. Finally, looking at Atlético de Madrid, before and after their game against Real Madrid at home in the12th week, willl visit first Real Sociedad and then in week 13 Osasuna.
As has been seen and always happens in football, the logical predicted results are not always accurate and in the upcoming days we may be given a surprise. Therefore, everything points to the teams which now occupy the top 5 positions maintaining these positions more or less or with slight differences. These 5 teams also play in the Champions League and the European League, so the fatigue from so many matches will affect them all equally.
At the bottom of the table the situation is also quite tight with the exception of Granada who is last on the list with only 3 points. The other teams who are at the bottom of the table are: RCD Español, Deportivo and Sporting with 8 points each and Osasuna with 6 points.
We will wait for the next 4 fixtures in order to continue examining the situation at the beginning of December.