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Why is avoiding finishing bottom so important for Malaga?

  • Relegation has long been confirmed but there is still plenty up for grabs for Malaga

Relegation has long been confirmed but there is still plenty up for grabs for Malaga - at least from a financial perspective.

It has been calculated that the difference between finishing bottom and second bottom is around 400,000 euros.

The La Liga television rights are distributed on a sliding scale, with the number decreasing by 0.25 per cent (from three per cent) for each place below ninth.

With the club planning to earn promotion at the first time of asking, this difference in earnings could be the difference between signing an extra player or not.

Defeat in Seville means that the Blue and Whites are two points adrift of 19th-place Las Palmas with three games still to play.

Malaga face Deportivo Alavés at La Rosaleda this Sunday, then travel to Barcelona to take on Espanyol the following week. The final game sees them host Getafe on the weekend of 19 May.

For their part, Las Palmas host Getafe and Girona either side of a trip to take on Eibar.

Deportivo La Coruña, whose relegation was confirmed with defeat to Barcelona on Sunday, could theoretically still be caught. The Galician side are eight points ahead of Malaga, with nine points left to play for.