With only seven La Liga games left to go this season, the relegation candidates at the wrong end of the table look almost guaranteed to retain their three current occupants: Deportivo La Coruna, Las Palmas and Malaga.
The first to go down will almost certainly be Malaga, who could go down within a fortnight. They welcome Real Madrid this weekend before travelling to Levante, the side who will most likely consign them to a season in the second tier.
Levante are in fact the side who will define exactly when the bottom three do find out their fates for sure as they find themselves fourth from bottom, though currently eight points clear.
Neither of the other candidates face easier fixtures between now and the end of the campaign and Las Palmas could also be relegated when Malaga face Levante.
If Las Palmas fail to pick up points against a Real Sociedad side enjoying a new manager bounce or away at Real Betis, then their fate will be sealed. Even if they pick up six points, it would seemingly only be delaying their relegation until the weekend or following week.
Deportivo are the only side who have the best chances of survival and could keep their chances of safety alive the longest, although trips to San Mames, Butarque and Balaidos are not made any easier by their welcoming of Sevilla and Barcelona.
It is hard in truth to see them picking up any further points, but if they can take something from their visit to Leganes, their easiest remaining fixture on paper, then they may be able to delay relegation until league leaders Barcelona visit Galicia in the last weekend in April.