Barcelona looks destined to win the Liga title this season as they’re 13 points clear of second place. Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are eight points and six points clear of fourth place, so the top-three of the table looks sewn up.
It’s up in the air who will take the fourth-place spot come May, however. Real Sociedad are favourites as they’re four points clear of fifth place, but they have Villarreal and Real Betis breathing down their neck with 10 games remaining.
Odds To Bet On have weighed up their bookies odds of finishing in a Champions League spot.
Real Sociedad (10/11 to finish top-four)
Remaining fixtures: Athletic Bilbao, Rayo Vallecano, Real Betis, Osasuna, Real Madrid, Girona, Barcelona, Almeria, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla
Real Sociedad are four points clear in fourth and their away form in La Liga is rivalled only by Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, so it’s not surprising they’re favourites to take the fourth European place.
La Real beat Girona in October, Sevilla in November, Osasuna in December, and Almeria, Bilbao and Rayo in January, so Imanol Alguacil’s men will fancy their chances of fending off fifth and sixth place to take fourth.
They even face Betis later this month, so La Real could solidify their position in the table while knocking an opponent out of the running with a win, though they did lose their first meeting back in October.
Villarreal (1/1 to finish top-four)
Remaining fixtures: Real Valladolid, Sevilla, Espanyol, Celta Vigo, Valencia, Athletic Bilbao, Girona, Cadiz, Rayo Vallecano, Atletico Madrid
Villarreal are fifth in the table with a four-point deficit to make up. They’ve won five of their last six games, and three of their next five opponents are 17th and below in La Liga, so they’ll expect to take maximum points in those games.
It’s worth noting that Quique Setién’s men have already beaten Valladolid, Espanyol, Valencia, Girona and Atleti this season while seeing past Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu last week, so they’re a force to be reckoned with.
Real Betis (8/1 to finish top-four)
Remaining fixtures: Espanyol, Osasuna, Real Sociedad, Barcelona, Athletic Bilbao, Rayo Vallecano, Sevilla, Getafe, Girona, Valencia
Betis are six points adrift of the top-four, so they’re outside favourites to reach the last Champions League place. They’ve failed to win four of their last five games in La Liga too, so they aren’t in great shape for a strong finish to the campaign.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men have beaten Osasuna, Sociedad, Vallecano, Getafe and Girona this season, however, so Betis will at least be favourites to repeat the feat in those return fixtures. But whether they can make up a six-point deficit with only 10 games to play remains to be seen.
Betis’ meeting with Sociedad on April 25 could make or break their fledgling pursuit of Europe, so it’s not great timing that their recent form is the worst in the top-six. It will take a miracle for them to end up fourth as they need multiple clubs to slip up multiple times.