LaLiga 2020-21 Playoff Picture Updated Expert Analysis

LaLiga 2020-21 Playoff Picture Updated Expert Analysis

Written by on December 17, 2020

Although there’s a ton of soccer left to play, it’s not too early to start thinking about the La Liga Playoff. The playoff includes four teams from the Segunda Division. Those teams play in a tournament to determine which team gets to move up to La Liga, the Primera Division, for the 2021-2022 season. Check out information on the current teams in both La Liga and Segunda that could be changing league addresses next season. That said, let’s find where the best soccer betting values lies so you can place your bets against their LaLiga odds.

LaLiga Playoff Picture Up to the Moment

2020-2021 LaLiga Season

  • When: Sep. 12, 2020 – May 23, 2021

LaLiga – Current Bottom 3

The three last place teams in La Liga automatically drop to the Segunda Division. Check out the names of the current worst teams in the Primera Division along with records and analysis. 

  • Levante – With a 2-5-5 record, if the season ended today, Levante would get their walking papers. But the third worst team in LaLiga is just 2 points behind Getafe and Valladolid is the standings. If they could turn some of the draws into wins, they may overtake Getafe and Valladolid. 
  • Huesca – Huesca has 11 points, just like Levante. The difference? Huesca has 8 draws and just 4 losses. Playing so many draw games could be the way Huesca keeps their position in LaLiga. They must add a win or two to overtake Getafe or Valladolid. But if they keep the losses to less than both Levante and Osasuna, they’ll have a chance.
  • Osasuna – Osasuna also has 11 points. They’re not nearly as strong as Huesca or Levante because they’ve got 7 losses. But they have 3 wins while Levante has 2 and Huesca has 1. Osasuna could use more draws than losses to ensure they get to play in LaLiga next season.

Segunda Division – Current Top 2

If the La Liga season ended today, these two teams would make the jump from the Segunda Division to the Primera Division. 

  • Mallorca – The top squad in the Segunda Division looks solid for a Primera Division bid next season. With 41 points, Mallorca is ahead of Espanyol by 2 points. Their 12 wins, 5 draws, and 1 loss record stamps them as the favorite to make the jump.
  • Espanyol – There’s plenty of soccer left for Espanyol to overtake Mallorca and grab a division title. The 3 losses and 3 draws, as opposed to 5 draws and 1 loss, accounts for the 2 point difference. Espanyol has won 12, just like Mallorca.  

LaLiga Playoffs – Segunda Division Next Four

The four teams after Mallorca and Espanyol in the Segunda Division battle it out in a playoff to determine which squad gets to call the Primera Division home starting next August. Those four teams are Almeria, Leganes, Sporting Gijon, and Rayo Vallecano. 

Among the four, Almeria looks best. They’re 3 points behind Mallorca and 2 points behind Espanyol. Almeria has a shot to overtake Espanyol and Mallorca and notch a LaLiga Primera Division spot.

Leganes has 32 points, Sporting Gijon has 31, and Rayo Vallecano has 28. A lot must be decided before those teams are assured a spot in the 4-team playoff. Girona has 28 points like Rayo Vallecano. Mirandes, Ponferradina, both with 27, and Lugo and Oviedo, both with 26, also have a shot to make it to La Liga for next season.

As you can see, what happens from now until the final La Liga day of play, May 23, will determine which teams jump to the Primera Division and which teams end up playing in the Segunda Division. Right now, Mallorca, Espanyol, and Almeria appear destined to fight for the automatic bids while Leganes, Sporting Gijon, and either Rayo Vallecano or Girona, should those teams keep their positions, will fight it out in the playoffs.

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