Relegation In Europe’s Top Leagues
It is late April and the football season is drawing to a close in almost every country. Disappointment time is up on many teams, some of which spent or over spent to stay in the top division.
Here’s the status of the relegation fights across some of Europe’s top leagues.
In the English Premier League Huddersfield are going back down after spending two seasons in the premiership. Jan Siewert was unable to keep them up after taking over mid season. Fulham spent around 100 million after getting promoted but can be called one of the expensive flops of the season now that they are going back down. Cardiff and Brighton are fighting to avoid being the third relegated team. The latter are starved for goals and have failed to maintain the momentum of the early season home win vs Manchester United.
In Spain’s La Liga Rayo Vallecano and SD Huesca are almost certainly going down to the Segunda. A handful of teams will try stay and not join the aforementioned. Girona, Real Valladolid, Celta Vigo and Levante are all separated by only three points with 4 weeks left.
Italy‘s 2018-2019 Serie A relegation list has long included Chievo, the team started with -3 points after financial issues and has been at the bottom ever since. Frosinone have been thereabouts too, the Lazio region team is not surviving their second ever attempt in the top league. Empoli seem doomed and those above them like Udinese, Parma, Genoa and Bologna have likely done enough but there is still a month to go.
In France Guingamp, Caen and Dijon are likely done. The latter have been in the Ligue 1 for four years running, for the first time in club history.
In Germany‘s Bundesliga Hanover and Nurnberg are certain of relegation. Stuttgart have a big following of course but have disappointed in recent seasons, a far cry from the Bundesliga winning days of 2006–07. The Baden-Wurttemberg team are facing a relegation playoff.
Holland‘s Eredivisie will lose NAC Breda to relegation. Excelsior and De Graafschap are in the relegation playoff spots as of late April. FC Emmen, playing at the top level for the first time, are likely to survive but are still in danger.
In Portugal Aveiro district’s Feirense are way behind in 18th place. Nacional and Chaves occupy the places just above them but there is still time for Tondela and Boavista to fall into the last 3 spots.