Spanish champions Real Madrid will look to continue their recent resurgence in results as they travel to in-form Real Betis at Estadio Benito Villamarin on Sunday. Zinedine Zidane’s side will be favourites despite Betis winning each of their last two league matches.
Where and when: Estadio Benito Villamarin – 18 February, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Real Betis v Real Madrid: Sky Sports, William Hill
Last time: Real Betis triumphed 1-0 at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in September thanks to a last minute header from Antonio Sanabria. The Paraguayan striker is ruled out with a long-term injury for the return match.
Real Betis v Real Madrid Predictions and Preview
This is a clash between two sides who shown inconsistency this season but who are both on decent runs of form at the moment.
Betis have won back-to-back La Liga games against Villarreal and Deportivo to climb to 8th in the standings and they have won four of their six matches in 2018.
Madrid have won three of their last four in all competitions and five in the last seven, while they have scored 18 goals in their last four La Liga matches.
Zinedine Zidane’s side are strong favourites to win this game with odds of 2/5, while an unlikely home win is priced at 17/2 and the draw is available at 53/10.
Madrid are second top scorers in the division and Betis have the fifth strongest attack, with both teams to score priced at 4/9.
Over 3.5 goals in this game is at 17/25 while more than 4.5 goals is available at 7/5, and a ‘double chance’ of Betis either winning or securing a point is at 13/5.
One to watch for Real Betis: Loren Moron has only made two senior first-team appearances but he has scored three times – twice against Villarreal and the winner against Deportivo on Monday. He is available at 11/4 to find the net anytime here.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo has netted nine goals in his last five matches to take him up to 25 goals for the campaign. He is priced at 4/7 to score anytime in this fixture.
Long shot: Real Betis won 1-0 at the Bernabeu earlier in the season – the first time in 76 matches that Madrid did not score. There are available odds of 25/1 for Quique Setien’s side winning to nil in this game.