The La Liga title race will receive most of the attention dedicated to Spain’s top flight in the upcoming campaign, but the fight to avoid relegation could be even more dramatic. There will definitely be more clubs involved in the basement battle, with three set to go down to the Segunda Division.
You can find the latest La Liga relegation odds below. We also provide an analysis of how we think the relegation battle will unfold, plus some more general information about La Liga standings and relegation in 2022/23.
|La Liga 2022/23 Relegation||Odds|
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Real Valladolid and Girona are the joint favorites to be relegated. That is understandable since both sides were playing in the Segunda Division last term. The gap between the top two leagues in Spain has grown wider in recent years, so both clubs would consider a 17th-place finish a success.
Almeria were also promoted from the second division in 2021/22, but the sportsbooks give them a better chance of avoiding the drop. Elche, Cadiz and Real Mallorca are also considered likelier candidates for demotion.
The latter duo survived by just a single point last season and are expected to be involved in the relegation tussle once more, while Elche have one of the smallest budgets in La Liga.
The group of outsiders include Getafe and Espanyol, neither of whom finished too far clear of the drop zone last time out. Celta Vigo and Osasuna should be relatively comfortable in the mid-table.
If you would like to pick up some more pointers and tips about how to bet on soccer before you make your predictions for the La Liga 2022/23 standings, have a read through our guide.
At the time of writing, the 2022/23 season has not yet begun. The current standings are therefore ordered alphabetically based on club name, with Almeria at the top and Villarreal at the bottom (do not expect it to stay that way for long).
You can find the La Liga standings for 2021/22 below. As is customary in Spain’s top tier, the bottom three teams were relegated to the Segunda Division – more on that below.
|La Liga Standings 2021/22||Points|
|1. Real Madrid||86|
|3. Atletico Madrid||71|
|5. Real Betis||65|
|6. Real Sociedad||62|
|8. Athletic Bilbao||55|
|11. Celta Vigo||46|
|12. Rayo Vallecano||42|
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Like almost every other European soccer league, La Liga is played on a double round-robin basis. Each of the division’s 20 teams plays every other side home and away, with three points awarded for a win and one point for a tie. The three teams with the fewest points after 38 rounds of fixtures are relegated to the Segunda Division.As a result of this format, there is no fixed date when La Liga relegation is announced – that moment is simply confirmed when it is no longer mathematically possible for a team to finish 17th or higher. A tally of 38 points is usually – but not always – sufficient for a side to remain In La Liga.Spain’s main league previously featured a relegation play-off, where one or two teams from La Liga would face teams from the second division to determine which of them would play in the top flight the following year. This system was replaced by the current one in 1999.
Relegation ends a club’s participation in La Liga. A team that is relegated will spend the following season in the Segunda Division, the second tier of Spanish soccer.Relegation is an integral part of the Spanish soccer system, as it is in almost every European league. This, of course, is a different format to the United States, where teams in MLS are immune from the threat of demotion.There are no calls for relegation to be abolished in La Liga. Three teams going down each season helps to freshen up the league and gives an opportunity to smaller sides to reach the top flight. Relegation has been part of La Liga since 1929/30, and is an alternative source of entertainment to the battle for the title.
Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Athletic Bilbao have never been relegated from La Liga, unlike the other 59 sides who have spent at least one season in the league since its creation.Atletico Madrid have been demoted on two occasions and were the first-ever Spanish side to be sent down to the Segunda Division when they finished bottom of La Liga in 1930.
The three teams relegated from La Liga each year are replaced by three clubs from the Segunda Division. The top two go up automatically, as Almeria and Real Valladolid did last term.The teams that finish third, fourth, fifth, and sixth in the Segunda qualify for the promotion play-offs. The winner of that mini-tournament also wins a place in La Liga, which is what Girona did in 2021/22.
Soccer fans based in the United States can watch La Liga on ESPN. Kick-off times usually range from 11.00 AM to 4.00 PM (EDT).
Greg Lea is a freelance soccer journalist from London. He is the former editor of The Set Pieces, and has contributed to the Guardian, FourFourTwo, and ESPN. A Crystal Palace fan, he is a long-time subscriber to the belief that it's the taking part that counts. Email: [email protected]More info on Greg Lea
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