The moment that all Barcelona fans have been waiting for for four years may finally arrive this Sunday. Barça faces this weekend its first match ball to become champion of The league 2022-23 mathematically, a title that he has not achieved since 2019, even with Ernesto Valverde on the Camp Nou bench. And he also has him in a special match, because fate puts him in front of the possibility of singing the alirón in the Cornellà derby against Spanish which takes place on Sunday at 9:00 p.m.
The accounts are simple for Xavi’s team. If you beat your local rival, will raise your collection of points up to 85, a figure that neither Atlético (it has 69 points) nor Real Madrid (68) could reach. He could even start the Cornellà derby being already mathematically champion. For that, you would need Ancelotti’s men will not beat Getafe in the Bernabeu (tomorrow, 9:00 p.m.) and that Simeone’s men did not do it either on their visit to the Martínez Valero (Sunday, 4:15 p.m.). If one of his two pursuers wins, Barcelona must also do so to be champion with four games still to play.
The Barça victory would be, by the way, an almost death sentence for a Espanyol in free fall. With Elche already evicted as bottom team, the parrots occupy the penultimate place, right now three points from safety. The relegation will be, in any case, a fight that will foreseeably last until the last day, with seven teams involved in avoiding being one of the two that ends up accompanying Elche: Celta (39 points), Almería (36), Cádiz (35), Valladolid (35), Valencia (34), Getafe (34) and Espanyol himself (31).
The relegation in Second
In Second division, this weekend the descent could be resolved. Lugo and Ibiza are already relegated and Málaga and Ponferradina could also confirm their fall to the First RFEF, with two days to play. At the top we will still have to wait, since only two points separate the top five classified in their fight for the two direct promotion places: Las Palmas (67 points), Eibar (67), Granada (66), Alavés (66) and Levante (65).