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Barça and Dépor last met in the 2012-13 season / PHOTO: ARXIU FCB

With one game still top lay, the two automatic promotion spots in the Spanish second division have already been decided: Eibar and Deportivo de la Corunya will be coming up next year. Deportivo are a well known team in the top flight, but Eibar will be making their debut in La Liga.

Up and down

Deportivo have been bouncing between the first and second divisions for the last four seasons  - having been relegated in both 2011 and 2013, only to come straight back up on both occasions. This Saturday’s 1.0 win at the Riazor against Jaen guaranteed promotion for Fernando Vázquez’s side – a mix of experience and young players who’ll be looking to make their mark next year.

In the 2012/13 season, Barça won 4-5 at the Riazor and 2-0 at the Camp Nou, but the trip to La Coruña has traditionally been far from easy with 15 wins, 10 draws and 17 defeats from Barça’s 42 visits.

Tiny club

Eibar have been a revelation in the second division this season and the team will be playing their first ever season in the top flight next year, after years in the second and third flights. The town of Eibar has just 27.500 inhabitant, with a capacity of just over 5,000 fans at the club’s Ipurea stadium.

One place still up for grabs

With one game to go, the final promotion place is still undecided with the four teams below Deportivo - except for Barça B - set to meet in the play offs.