What is left to be decided in Europe's top leagues

Atletico Madrid and Lille are closing in on shock title triumphs while Juventus and Dortmund are fretting over a Champions League place… ahead of the penultimate weekend, there is PLENTY still to be decided across Europe’s big leagues

  • There is plenty still to be decided around Europe as the season draws to a close 
  • Atletico Madrid are close to winning LaLiga ahead of Real Madrid and Barcelona 
  • Juventus and Borussia Dortmund could yet miss out on the Champions League 
  • Several sides across the continent will also find themselves dropping a division 
  • Here, Sportsmail delves into what’s at stake ahead of the penultimate weekend 

The Premier League title race may now be officially over, but there is still plenty to be decided across the top divisions in Europe as we edge towards the business end of this bizarre and hectic season.

The race to seize the crown in LaLiga has gone down to the wire, the scrap to get into Europe is nicely heating up over in Germany, a French behemoth is on the cusp of being toppled and giants in Italy are braced for disappointment. 

It is Lille and Atletico Madrid who are closing in on seizing surprise trophies at the expense of the usual big guns, but both must first survive their last couple of fixtures unscathed to pull off two memorable triumphs. 

Atletico Madrid are closing in on a memorable LaLiga title triumph with two fixtures remaining

Lille are also flying high in first place in Ligue 1 as this chaotic campaign edges towards a close

Meanwhile, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund may yet miss out on Champions League football for next season in a previously unthinkable development. 

Here, Sportsmail takes you through four of the biggest leagues across the continent and delves into what is at stake…


Is there a title race?

Yes, there is! And it is poised on a knife edge with three teams still in with a shout. 

Atletico Madrid are flying high at the top, two points clear of second-placed Real Madrid, and getting ever closer to the trophy.

Diego Simeone’s Atletico are fully in control of their destiny due to their two-point advantage

With two games left to go, which come against Osasuna and Valladolid, Atletico are in full control of their destiny. A win and a draw should be enough for them. 

Neighbours Real have had their chances to go top, as have Barcelona, but costly slip-ups mean they likely must win their last two games and then hope for a miracle.

An Atletico win at the weekend will bring an end to Barcelona’s faint hopes, however, and spark a two-horse race to the finish.

Barcelona have endured a poor season and must rely on slip-ups to have any chance of the title

What about the scrap for Europe?

The top four in LaLiga is confirmed and it is now just a matter of where the teams finish in those positions. 

Sevilla sit in fourth spot, 18 points ahead of Real Sociedad, and may even finish second depending on more setbacks from Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Beneath the Champions League places, the battle is also alive for a Europa League finish. Four teams are in contention.

Sevilla are in fourth spot and will claim the final Champions League spot with an easy margin

Sociedad and Real Betis are in pole position, with just a single point separating them, but Villarreal and, to a lesser extent, Celta Vigo are also in with a shot.

Unai Emery’s Villarreal are a point behind Betis while Celta find themselves five points away from sixth. 

The seventh-placed team at the end of the campaign will enter UEFA’s newest club competition, the Europa Conference League. 

How about relegation? 

With just over a week left of the season, no-one in LaLiga has been relegated yet. 

Making up the bottom three are basement club Eibar, Elche and Valladolid, but Huesca, Getafe and Alaves are also in the thick of the dogfight. 

Eibar and Elche have 30 points to their name, while Valladolid’s noses are slightly ahead on 31.

Huesca find themselves two points above the dreaded dotted line. Above them, Getafe and Alaves hold 34 points and 35 points respectively. 

The sides currently poised for the drop must pick up maximum points and hope those teetering on the other side allow their nerves to get the better of them.

Eibar are rock bottom of the standings and will require a minor miracle to avoid relegation


Is there a title race? 

No. Inter Milan romped home to take the Serie A crown, dethroning Juventus in the process and winning their first title since 2010.

What about the scrap for Europe?

The tussle to secure Champions League football for next season has gone down to the final two weeks and it is Juventus who find themselves out of the top four. 

Beneath high-flying Inter are Atalanta, AC Milan and Napoli, with Juventus on 72 points, one adrift of fourth.

After their title defence collapsed, the Italian kingpins have been reduced to fighting for their lives and relying solely on slip-ups from the clubs above them.

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On paper, they could still end up in second but this scenario is, at the moment, very unlikely. 

As for the Europa League, Lazio and the fifth-placed team will qualify for the second largest UEFA club competition.

The side in seventh, which is currently Roma, qualifies for the Europa Conference League.

How about relegation?

The three teams who have dropped into Serie B for next season have already been decided.

Parma in 20th, 19th-placed Crotone and Benevento finished in the drop zone. 


Is there a title race?

There most certainly is. It’s a thriller. Lille are sensationally in top spot, three points clear of Paris Saint-Germain, but there are technically four teams in the mix.

PSG, the current champions, are in second on 76 points, with Monaco and Lyon just behind them with 74 points and 73 points respectively.

Lille have stunned everyone to take control of the title tussle in France ahead of giants PSG

PSG are three points adrift of top spot with just two fixtures of the campaign left to run now

Lille will likely to have to win their last two fixtures to take the crown and it is not beyond the realms of possibility that PSG retain the title on goal difference.

We are set for a nail-biting conclusion to the season over the next week or so.

What about the scrap for Europe?

The top three teams in Ligue 1 will qualify for the Champions League and fourth spot is the route to the Europa League.

At least a point for Lille will guarantee them a spot at the top table, while PSG’s strong goal difference will likely see them safe too.

That means it will come down to Monaco and Lyon to battle it out for third. It is the former who hold the advantage currently by just one point. 

The sixth-placed team, Lens at this moment in time, will qualify for the Europa Conference League. 

The third-placed team in Ligue 1 qualifies for the Champions League and Monaco are closing in

How about relegation?

Dijon have already dropped into Ligue 2, but 19th position is yet to be decided. Six teams are mathematically not safe from relegation.

It is Nimes who are poised to join Dijon in the division below, but they are a couple of points adrift of climbing out the bottom two.

Nantes find themselves in 18th on 37 points, while Lorient, Strasbourg, Bordeaux and Brest are also yet to get themselves across the line.

The team finishing in 18th will contest a relegation play-off in a last chance saloon scenario to try and stave off falling out the top-flight. 

Ailing Dijon have already been relegated to Ligue 2 but the other spots are yet to be decided


Is there a title race?

There is not. Bayern Munich recently wrapped up their ninth consecutive Bundesliga title win with ease.

What about the scrap for Europe?

Only two teams, namely Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig, are guaranteed Champions League football for next season.

The top four spots in Germany will qualify, and currently it is Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund who are clinging on by the skin of their teeth.

Wolfsburg are on 60 points, four behind Leipzig, and look set to secure a place in the competition due to their superior goal difference.

Borussia Dortmund are clinging on to the fourth and final Champions League spot in Germany

Meanwhile, Dortmund are in fourth but just a point ahead of Eintracht Frankfurt.

Fifth and sixth guarantee entrance to the Europa League – and Bayer Leverkusen currently occupy the second spot for this. 

Technically, Borussia Monchengladbach and 1. FC Union Berlin can still make it, but they are relying on results going their way and a hefty swing in goal difference.

Currently, Monchengladbach will qualify for the Europa Conference League. 

How about relegation?

A truly miserable campaign for fallen giants Schalke has seen them banished from the Bundesliga, meaning there are potentially two more spots to be decided.

Cologne are in 17th, two points adrift of 15th, the spot which would secure them safety for another year.

This is because the relegation play-off system is also used in Germany. Arminia Bielefeld are the team in 16th, meaning they are on course for the play-off.

Mainz, Hertha Berlin, Augsburg and Werder Bremen are the other teams who are yet to officially secure survival.

Fallen giants Schalke have dropped into 2. Bundesliga as a result of a truly disastrous season

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