Curtain comes down as four teams battle for survival: Liga F Week 30 Preview

With Barcelona having already held their title parade on Monday, four teams are yet to know where they will be playing their football next season

Curtain comes down as four teams battle for survival: Liga F Week 30 Preview
Barcelona captain Alexia Putellas celebrates as Barcelona supporters welcome players during the FC Barcelona Victory Parade in celebration of the Men and Women LaLiga titles on May 15, 2023 in Barcelona, Spain / © Photo by Pedro Salado / Quality Sport Images / Getty Images

Barcelona were confirmed champions a few weeks ago and will be looking to finish the season undefeated when they meet hosts Madrid CFF at the Estadio Fernando Torres on Sunday afternoon.

The visitors had their 100% run ended by Sevilla after their one-all draw 10 days ago.

The champions will be aiming to breach the 120-goal mark with forward Asisat Oshoala aiming to mount a last minute charge in her quest to pip top goalscorer forward Alba Redondo to the Pichichi in a mission impossible as she trails by five goals.

Madrid CFF, on the other hand, have all to play for as a win might take them to fourth as they currently trail fourth-placed Atlético Madrid by a point.

The hosts will be banking on forward Racheal Kundananji to score more goals in her bid to surpass Levante forward Alba Redondo as well as push her team to be the first to inflict a defeat on the champions.

The teams have met 13 times with Barcelona winning all the 13 matches.

Meanwhile, second-placed Real Madrid will be aiming to finish on a high note when they travel to Instalaciones de Zubieta for a date with hosts Real Sociedad on Friday night.

The visitors will be hoping that midfielder Caroline Weir caps her fine season with another goal and assist to take her goal tally beyond 20 this season whilst the hosts will be hoping that captain and forward Nerea Eizagirre is at her best to wrestle the top assist award from Weir as they are tied on 12 assists.

A win for Sociedad may take them to sixth with 41 points if UDG Tenerife fail to win their match but it will not be a stroll in the park as they face a Madrid side that has gone on a five match winning streak.

The teams have met six times in competitive matches with Real Madrid winning four and losing two.

Alavés take on visiting Alhama CF ElPozo at the Ciudad Deportiva José Luis Compañón in a bottom-of-the-log clash on Saturday afternoon.

The two teams are tied on 20 points, two away from safety as they clash in this last fixture of the season with either team needing maximum points to secure survival in case Sporting Huelva and Villarreal fail to collect points elsewhere in their matches.

Alhama will be banking on experienced forward Jade Boho to steer them into safety on the final day.

The teams have met once with Alhama winning the fixture 3-1 in December last year.

Sporting Huelva host Levante Las Planas in D-Day at the Campo del CD Lamiya on Saturday afternoon.

The hosts need a win or draw for them to secure their top-flight status whilst their opponents secured their safety with a 1-0 win over Real Sociedad last weekend.

The hosts have to deal with the threat of forward Irina Uribe who has scored crucial goals for the visitors in their last two wins which took her team out of the murky waters.

Huelva, on the other hand, will be banking on forwards Berglind Rós Ágústsdóttir and Ana de Teresa to steer them to victory against a stubborn Las Planas side.

A win for the hosts will take them to 25 points and assure them of safety whilst a draw will take them to 23 and give them a slight chance of survival. A defeat may complicate their life. On the other hand, a win for the visitors will take them to 29 points.

The teams have met five times with Huelva winning all the matches, giving them belief to dominate their opponents and secure their league status.

Villarreal face hosts Athletic Club at the Instalaciones de Lezama Campo 1 on Saturday afternoon as they face an uncertain future in the Liga F.

The hosts have been doing well winning four of their last five matches and losing only one to champions Barcelona last weekend whilst Villarreal have lost three and drawn their last two matches in their bid to beat the chop.

The visitors will be hoping that inspirational skipper and forward Sheila Guijarro provides the much needed goals and leadership to steer them to victory. A draw may not be enough for them if one of Alhama or Alavés wins and Huelva avoids defeat.

The hosts, on the other hand, will be hoping that forward Paula Arana and midfielder Ainize Barea will provide the goals and lead them to victory.

A win will take the hosts to 37 points and likely move them to ninth whilst a win for Villarreal will take them to 25 points and assure them of safety.

The teams have met three times with Athletic Club winning two and drawing one.

Sevilla go into their last match of the season eyeing a possible top six finish as they clash with visiting Valencia at the Ramón Cisneros Palacios on Friday night.

Sevilla will be banking on home advantage to get the better of Valencia. On the other hand, Valencia will be hoping to move into the top eight.

The hosts will be hoping forward Ana Franco is at her best to provide the goals and that midfielders Amanda Sampedro and Silvia Meseguer provide enough cover in the middle of the park.

On the other hand, the visitors will be aiming to come out of their shell and mount a spirited challenge to finish in the top eight. Their hopes will be pinned on forward Anita Marcos and midfielder Marta Carro to inspire the team to victory.

A win for either team will take them to 40 points and assure a place in the top eight whilst a draw will be enough to keep Sevilla in eighth and Valencia in ninth with 38 points.

The teams have met 16 times before with each team winning six and drawing four.

UDG Tenerife eye the scalp of hosts Atlético Madrid when the two teams clash at the Centro Deportivo Alcalá de Henares on Friday night.

Atletico needed a last minute equaliser in their one-all draw against Villarreal last weekend to salvage a point whilst their opponents cruised to a 3-1 victory over Sevilla.

The hosts will be aware of the danger of losing their fourth spot to Madrid CFF.

The hosts will be banking on the scoring prowess of forwards Lucía Moral Ruiz and Rasheedat Ajibade to lead the team to victory.

The visitors, on the other hand, will be aiming to finish sixth. They will be relying on forward Jassina Blom and Gift Monday for goals whilst hoping that midfielder Koko Ange will be at her best to provide the depth going forward.

The teams have met 16 times with Atlético winning 11 and drawing five.

Atlético have not lost to their opponents hence giving them the upper hand going into this match.

Levante will be looking to bounce back from their 3-2 loss to Real Madrid last weekend when they host Real Betis at the Ciudad Deportiva de Buñol - Campo 1 on Sunday evening.

Levante blew a two-goal lead against Madrid and will be hoping that their team has maximum concentration and compactness to battle against Betis who have just secured their status in the league.

Liga F top goal scorer forward Alba Redondo will be hoping to add onto her goal tally to fend off the challenge posed by Madrid CFF forward Kundananji who is three goals behind her in the race to win the Pichichi award.

On the other hand, Betis will be banking on former Liverpool forward Rinsola Babajide and gritty midfielder Grace Asantewaa for inspiration to see off the challenge of Levante who are basking in the glory of qualifying for the UEFA Women’s Champions League (UWCL) next season.

The teams have met 13 times with Levante winning seven, losing three and drawing three.

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Fixtures (Friday): Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid (19:00); Sevilla vs Valencia (20:00); Atlético Madrid vs UDG Tenerife (21:00)

Fixtures (Saturday): Athletic Club vs Villarreal (12:00); Alavés vs Alhama CF ElPozo (12:00); Sporting Huelva vs Levante Las Planas (12:00)

Fixtures (Sunday): Madrid CFF vs Barcelona (12:00); Levante vs Real Betis (16:00)

All times are in Central European Time (CET)