Betis Sevilla vs. Real Madrid / LaLiga – This derby in the 19th round of LaLiga is played between two neighbours on the table. Betis is sixth and it is a very good placement for this team, which cannot be said for the fifth Madrid Real, who is a big disappointment this season. Betis is also not playing very well lately and after the win in the championship, they played a draw and then lost. Real is two rounds without a win, with the proviso that they celebrated in the Cup unlike Betis, which has played a draw at home. Last season Real has celebrated at Benito Villamarin with 5-3.
Begins 13.01.2019 at 20:45 CET
Thanks to the three victories in a row, Betis is again in the positions that lead to Europa League, a competition in which they are very good this season. They have spoiled the overall impression with a home draw against Eibar, and then they completely unexpectedly lost against the last Huesca as guests. They certainly regret those lost points, because they might now be over their big rival against whom they are playing for the end of the first part of the championship.
During the week they played the first duel in the round of sixteen of the Cup against Real Sociedad at home and it ended with 0-0, which is a result that could easily mean the end of their performance in that competition. Coach Setien has changed the composition a little bit, although it was expected that these changes would be even bigger. Of course, we now expect their strongest available strengths on the field, with the proviso that there will be some changes compared to their duel with Huesca. Lo Celso and Guardado will jump in midfield, while Sidnei, Firp and Inui are absent.
Probable lineups Betis Sevilla: Pau Lopez – Mandi, Bartra, Feddal – Francis, Guardado, Lo Celso, W.Carvalho, Tello – Canales – Sanabria
It seems more and more realistic that this could be a catastrophically unsuccessful season for Real. They still have a chance to win some trophies, although Barcelona is ten points away. They have mastered Leganes a few days ago in the Cup with 3-0 and they have practically secured the quarterfinals, while they are also playing in the round of sixteen of the Champions League. Real has won a new trophy of the world club champion, but what worries them the most are their many weaknesses which Real is showing on all fronts.
They have lost some games they definitely should not have, from CSKA twice in the Champions League, and from Alaves, Levante or Eibar in the championship. In the last round they lost to Real Sociedad in their field, which is just another proof of the weakness of the “royal club”. They are having a lot of injury problems, and now goalkeeper Courtois, then Kroos, Bale, M.Llorente and Asensia will not be able to perform, as well as the suspended Vazquez, while they brought Brahim Diaz in the meantime.
Probable lineups Real Madrid: Navas – Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo – Casemiro, Ceballos, Modric – Isco, Vinicius, Benzema
Betis Sevilla vs. Real Madrid PICK
Betis certainly sees the opportunity in all the problems this big rival is having and they will try to use that at home. Every new game is a real challenge for Real, because they are not in the right rhythm and they hope they will according to tradition play efficiently in this match.
Pick: over 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.63 at 888sport (down to 1.57 can be played)
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