When Barcelona travels to Seville on Saturday evening to face fifth-placed Real Betis, they will be hoping to extend their hold on second place in La Liga.

In the hunt for a top-four finish, the Catalan giants are two points ahead of third-placed Sevilla, while Real Betis are three points behind fourth-placed Atletico Madrid.

Real Betis won the Copa del Rey for the third time last month when they defeated Valencia in the final, and they are still in contention for a top-four berth moving into the final stretch.

Indeed, they are in fifth position in the league with 58 points after 34 games, only three points behind fourth-placed Atletico Madrid.

Indeed, a total of 58 points from 34 matches has left them in fifth spot in the table, just three points behind fourth-placed Atletico on the same number of games, and a victory in this match would leave them in a confident mood ahead of their final three fixtures against Valencia, Granada and Real Madrid.

The Green and Whites, who have not claimed a top-four spot in La Liga since 2005, were held to a goalless draw by Getafe in their last match on May 2, and they have only actually picked up just two points from their last three league fixtures, last winning away to Cadiz on April 9.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side have won nine, drawn two and lost six of their 17 home league games this season to collect 29 points, and they will be welcoming a Barcelona side with the second-best away record in Spain’s top flight this term, having picked up 31 points from their 17 matches.

Real Betis recorded a 1-0 victory at Camp Nou in the reverse game earlier this season, but they suffered a 3-2 defeat when the pair locked horns in Seville last term.

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