Relegation battles heat up in Europe's major leagues

Relegation battles heat up in Europe's major leagues

- Stoke City are relegated after a decade in the top flight in England

-Former Champions League competitors are struggling

The European leagues are rounding up and in a couple of weeks, the 2017/2018 football league season, at least in the big national competitions, will be over. As usual, winners and losers have emerged.

With the exception of Italy, we know the league winners in Spain, England, France and Germany. This weekend, Juventus could be crowned champions of Italy for the seventh time on the trot if they can avoid defeat at home.

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But the more interesting battles are being fought in the relegation zones in these leagues. Teams have fallen and some of them used to be mighty.

In Germany, there is one more game to go but FC Cologne who were in the Europa League this season have been relegated already. Hamburg might join Cologne if they cannot beat Moenchengladbach on Saturday. Wolfsburg can confirm a relegation play-off spot if they earn at least a point against Cologne.

Stoke City and West Brom have been relegated in England but the third spot is still open. Strugglers Huddersfield play Chelsea on Wednesday evening and Arsenal on Sunday afternoon. Just a point form the two games will be enough but Swansea would hope this does not happen.

Across the channel in France, Metz have been relegated but with two games to go, Troyes, Toulouse, Strasbourg and Lille are not safe. All four have teams have crucial games in a fortnight.

Italy has seen Benevento go back to Serie B as quickly as they came. Hellas Verona have been relegated too. However, one point separate the teams from 14th to 18th on the league table. It is interesting to see how it turns out for Udinese who are 17th.

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Even with two matches to go, demotion is confirmed for all the three spots available. Malaga, Las Palmas and Deportivo La Coruna will play competitive football in the Segunda Liga come next season

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