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Race for Fourth Place Set to Go
Down to Wire in La Liga
Getafe Coliseum
"Could Champions League football come to Getafe?" by Miguel303xm (CC BY-SA 2.5)
The fourth and final spot in next season’s Champions League from Spain is up for grabs, with three or four La Liga clubs gunning to be best of the rest behind Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.

Yet another capital club, Getafe, have punched above their weight this term to be in the mix, while European regulars Sevilla and Valencia are the other contenders. Basque Country outfit Athletic Bilbao, meanwhile, could still mathematically get fourth but need all of those sides to slip up.

As the run-in comes thick and fast, a chance at Europe’s top table next term beckons for one of these sides. What are their chances?


While not as fashionable as Madrid rivals Real and Atleti, Getafe will eclipse their best-ever season in La Liga if they win their remaining games. They are certain to better last term’s eighth-place finish already, with their previous best being crashing the top six in 2009-10.

What’s behind Pepe Bordalas’ side serious tilt for European football next season? Getafe have one of the best defences in La Liga with goalie David Soria keeping at least a dozen clean sheets.

Not only is the rearguard miserly, but front two Jaime Mata and Jorge Molina have struck up a prolific partnership in attack. That has put Getafe in the driving seat with the latest La Liga betting on a top-four finish quoting them as the 6/5 favourites with bet365.


European football is an expectation in Andalusia and Sevilla look sure to have that again next term. It’s just a case of whether it’s the Champions League or the Europa League?

Widely regarded as experts in the latter continental competition, the board showed ruthlessness in axing Pablo Machin after a stunning Europa exit courtesy of Slavia Prague. Although director of football Joaquin Caparros is back for another caretaker spell and has again steadied the ship, Sevilla will spend the summer looking for a fifth permanent boss since Unai Emery left.
Spartak Sevilla
"Wissam Ben Yedder has been prolific for Sevilla" by  (CC BY-SA 3.0)
His unprecedented Europa League hat-trick between 2014 and 2016 has clearly cast some long shadows over the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. It’s not been all bad for Sevilla, though; French frontman Wissam Ben Yedder has had his best season in front of goal and he’s 100/30 to help fire the team to a top-four finish.


Los Che may have lacked a cutting edge in attack at times this season, but they’ve been defensively solid. Brazilian stopper Neto is in double figures for clean sheets for Marcelino Garcia Toral’s team.

The Mestalla has been a fortress for Valencia – a trait which is common in a good season. Despite a more mixed away record, they are hanging in there with every chance of again securing Champions League football.

With Athletic Bilbao 40/1 outsiders for the top four, Los Che are much more fancied in the betting at 13/8. Valencia have also enjoyed a run in the Europa League this term and play Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final during their centenary year.

Attacking talents Rodrigo, Kevin Gameiro and Denis Cheryshev all have the ability to be match winners on their day. Their task now is to score the goals that get Los Che back into the top four.
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