Last season, a madness took place, as six teams were still involved in the fight to avoid relegation on the last day of the league. This season, things may turn out the same way, as on the fifteenth match day and practically at the halfway mark of the championship, the teams who will fight to avoid falling into the red zone have practically been defined.

Teams from the 15th ranked squad, Sevilla FC, to last place on the table, UD Almería, have only managed a total of 7 wins in the 15 matches each of them have played. The bottom six of LaLiga EA Sports have not won a game since the seventh match day that took place in the month of September. An unheard of streak in the First Division.

In addition, for the first time in the last 17 seasons, the three teams in the relegation zone do not have a combined 20 points a third of the way through LaLiga. This had not happened since the 2006/2007 season, when Athletic Club (eight), Real Sociedad (six) and Nàstic (five) only scored 19 points.

The teams affected by the situation are the following:

Sevilla FC:

The Andalusian side are living a similar situation to that of last year before the arrival of their savior, José Luis Mendilibar. Currently, Diego Alonso’s Sevilla are going through one of their worst seasons ever. The Uruguayan manager has yet to win a match as the captain of the Nervión ship, and the team have only managed to beat two opponents so far in LaLiga: UD Las Palmas and UD Almería, at home and with Mendilibar as the manager of the club.

To make things worse, the looks of Sevilla FC is that of a team without any luck, a team that everything and everyone have turned their backs on, even their extremely loyal fanbase over the last few matches. A soulless roster that bases their entire strategy around crosses from the wing and a very notable division between the board and the fans. To put it simply, a team that will struggle to pick things up and are currently involved in the relegation discussion.

Cádiz CF:

Sergio González’s Cádiz are the lowest-scoring team in the category. A roster that has very little to do with the one that was reliable and organized in the final stint of last season. The summer signings have not worked out and Cádiz are missing a lot the presence of a dynamic, quick and, often times, decisive player, something similar to what they had in Théo Bongonda last year. In short, a highly questioned Cádiz side directed by Sergio as they have not won a match since September.

RCD Mallorca:

Mexican manager Javier Aguirre’s band have not found their sound at home yet. The team managed by ‘Vasco’ has yet to win a game at Son Moix, their home ground in which they have tied six times in a row. They are the team with the most draws in LaLiga. A defensively-solid and organized team who have suffered a lot in the offensive facet this season.

They are the team with the second least goals of the competition (13), with a struggling Muriqi in whom they are so reliant when it comes to scoring, who cannot seem to find a replacement for Kang-in Lee in Sergi Darder and with Cyle Larin not meeting the expectations he set himself up for during his time in Valladolid.

RC Celta de Vigo:

Real Club Celta de Vigo might be the team that looked the best out the ones that have been analyzed. The team blames their lack of points on bad fortune and disastrous refereeing. However, the reality for the Galician side in their centenary year is that their performances do not captivate anyone.

A Celta side with a lacking roster and poor management by their board over the last transfer window has led them to become a team with very little variants and solutions. In addition, Rafa Benítez cannot get the best out of what he has and his credit is running out. In fact, if he did not have such a high salary and a long contract, the manager born in Madrid would have most-likely been sacked already.

Granada CF:

The Nasrid side have only earnt three points once this season, in their victory against Mallorca at home. It is the case of a team with good pieces up front but very lacking and disorganized on defense, making them the team that has conceded the second most goals. A totaly different picture to last year’s Granada, who conceded the second least goals in the Second Division.

However, with the same coach and practically the same players on their backline, Paco Lopez’s Granada was prone to disconnections during important stretches of matches and a team that always had a late reaction to adversity. Will the arrival of Alexander Medina change the course and the chances of Granada to avoid relegation?

UD Almería:

UD Almería are, statistically, the worst team in LaLiga this season. Neither Vicente Moreno or Gaizka Garitano have been able to exploit the offensive fire power of their roster, as their defensive deficiencies are very notable. The management of such roster and the signings the team made over the summer have been questioned, as they paid massive fees in echange for, at best, average players.

Almería are the only team that has yet to win a match and they have only managed four draws, conceding the most goals in the process. They are the prime candidates for relegation, and only the low level of the teams right above them keeps them in the race to remain in the First Division.

Translated by Nuño Alonso.

Main image: Edit by Marta Calle.


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