Real Sociedad vs. Betis Sevilla / La Liga – We expected that these two teams could cause problems to the favoured teams in the current season and engage in the fight for the European positions, which they roughly justified, with the proviso that Real Sociedad had a better start, while Betis has been playing very well lately. The one thing that they have in common is that they have not yet played any draws and Betis has three points more on the table because they made one win more and they are not playing in Europe as Real Sociedad. Last season Real Sociedad has solved both mutual duels in their favour. Begins: 01.10.2017. – 12:00 CET
When it comes to Real Sociedad, they can almost start from the scratch. Their start was impressive with first three victories in Europa League. They were scoring goals easily and they did not leave much hope for a positive result, and then everything turned and they were defeated in the previous three championship and one European duel, with very bad games, and when all is over, they have the same number of achieved and scored goals in the championship, and somewhat more positive situation in Europe.
Coach Eusebio has been trying to change something, but they have met with Zenit in a completely changed team and therefore it is no surprise that they lost with 3-1. They regret more for the lost points in the last round when they were defeated by Valencia with 3-2 at Anoeta, and it is interesting that they have received three goals in all four defeats. Now we expect the strongest available forces on the field, probably without I. Martin and Vela.
Probable lineups Real Sociedad: Rulli – Odriozola, Elustondo, R.Navas, Rodrigues – Illarramendi, Zurutuza, Xabi Prieto – Oyarzabal, Willian Jose, Juanmi
Betis does not have European obligations and this is an easing circumstance, and they have started the championships with changeable results and it is not surprising because they played against Barcelona and Villarreal away, and they only celebrated in their field. In the previous three rounds, we have seen a completely different Betis and it all started with another home win, when they mastered Deportivo with 2-1. The culmination is a victory in Madrid over Real and after that it is no surprise that they completely mastered Levante in front of their fans with 4-0.
The confidence in this team has now grown to maximum, and their offensive trio, Joaquin, Sergio Leon and Sanabria, are playing as in a trance. Center-back Feddal was not in the last round and he was well replaced by Amat, and Camarasa is absent due to injury, so Guardado will be his replacement. We are now expecting Feddal in the starting lineup and no other changes, for which there is really no need when Betis plays so well.
Probable lineups Betis Sevilla: Adan – Barragan, Mandi, Feddal, Durmisi – J.Garcia, Fabian, Guardado – Joaquin, Sergio Leon, Sanabria
Real Sociedad vs. Betis Sevilla PICK
Real Sociedad urgently needs a triumph and they will surely attack from the first minute in this match, so we believe that there will be a lot of goals. And we expect the same from Betis, because this team is in great shape and they are playing relieved, especially in attack, so they will not change anything in their approach for this match.
Pick: both teams will score
Odds: 1.62 at bet365 (down to 1.56 can be played)
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