Betis Seville vs Espanyol / La Liga – At the end of the 35th round of La Liga we have a duel between two neighbours. Betis and Espanyol have the same number of points and don’t need to worry about survival anymore, but at the same time they can hardly reach any of positions that lead to the Europa League. Betis is in very weak shape and it lost three previous matches, while Espanyol plays much better and was undefeated in last five rounds. Betis won way their match played in the first part of season by 3-1.
Betis Seville vs Espanyol begins 29.04.2019 at 21:00 CET
Betis had great ambitions this season; they played in the Europa League and hoped to get far in this competition but they were eliminated earlier than expected. They reached the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey when they hit a wall called Valenica, however, their biggest disappointment is with La Liga. They should have done better but they play quite badly in the season’s finish and it seems that won’t be able to again reach the European scene. Three-game losing streak that cost them so much is still ongoing, and it started with a painful defeat by city rival Sevilla.
After being fatal in the Cup Valencia defeated them again, and they hit the bottom in away match with Levante last week. Betis lost by 4-0 and that was the worst defeat this season. It could also cost manager Setien his job. Regarding the team, W. Carvalho is injured, and there will be further changes after debacle against Levante.
Probable lineups Betis Seville: Pau Lopez – Sidnei, Bartra, Mandi – Francis, Guardado, Lo Celso, Firpo – Joaquin, Tello – Jese
Espanyol plays well lately but that will only relieve them from pressure that survival struggle brings with it. They were too late to kicked into higher gear too and cannot hope to reach the Europa League, although it is still theoretically possible if they win this match. Espanyol lost the last time over a month ago when they lost the city derby to Barcelona, and after that they won two and drew three matches. They won Girona away and Alaves at home, and they drew in two previous rounds.
Away match with Levante ended as 2-2 draw and in this match Espanyol failed to preserve two advantages it had, and on top of it they failed to use a player more in last 20 minutes. In the previous round they met Celta at home and again they had a lead of 1-0 but the result read at the end 1-1. Stopper Naldo got injured in the match; he had to leave the pitch earlier and will probably not be able to play against Betis. That could be a problem as out of action from before are defenders Rosales, Da. Lopez and Didac, so it is quite clear that O. Duarte and Hermoso will play now. Also, midfielder Granero earned a yellow card which is why he is suspended now.
Probable lineups Espanyol: Di. Lopez – J. Lopez, Hermoso, L. Lopez, O. Duarte – Darder, Roca – Lei, S. Garcia, Melendo – Iglesias
Betis Seville vs Espanyol PICK
Espanyol is in better shape but Betis should stop playing with its reputation and we expect to dominate in this match. It is hard to tell can Betis wins, however, it should be able to at least draw.
Pick: Asian handicap 0 Betis
Odds: 1.63 at bethard (down to 1.57 can be played)
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