Tightest relegation battle since Serie A went to 20 teams

by | May 11, 2022 17:16

For the first time since Serie A moved to 20 teams in 2004-05, we go into the final two rounds with nobody yet certain of relegation, while only five clubs have nothing to play for.

It’s wide open in the Scudetto race and for the Europa League and Conference League spots, but the relegation battle is particularly complicated.

There are six teams who could still go down and for the first time since the expansion to 20 sides in 2004-05, none of them are guaranteed relegation yet going into Week 36.

Sampdoria and Spezia need two points to be sure of safety, but it’s more complex for Salernitana, Genoa, Cagliari and Venezia.

Traditionally, the quota at which clubs celebrated their Serie A safety was 40 points, but that has dropped lower and lower in recent years.

As things stand, 35 points could be enough to guarantee a place in the top flight for next season.

It’s the lowest figure since Crotone, coached by Davide Nicola to come back from a seemingly impossible situation, finished at 34 points in 2016-17.

That doesn’t mean the sides at the bottom or terrible, but rather that things have evened out, because going into the last two rounds only five teams have nothing left to play for.

They are Hellas Verona, Torino, Bologna, Udinese and Empoli.

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