Real Betis will hope to inflict further misery on Real Madrid when Los Blancos visit Seville in weekend action. So far, it has been a season to forget for the reigning Champions League holders, who are four points ahead of their opponents and one off Alaves who currently hold fourth spot.
Where and when: Estadio Benito Villamarín, Seville – 13 January, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Real Betis vs. Real Madrid: Eleven Sports 1
Last time: In one of the contests of the 2017-18 calendar, the sides shared eight goals with Los Blancos securing all three points. Marco Asensio hit a brace while Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema also got in on the act.
|Real Madrid to win both halves||5/1||Offer|
|Vinícius Júnior to score anytime||5/2||Offer|
Real Betis vs. Real Madrid Predictions and Preview
Sixth place Real Betis were dealt a shock setback in their previous league matchup, losing 2-1 to rock bottom Huesca. Quique Setien’s men, who sit in the Europa League places, have picked up some memorable results this campaign, notably beating leaders Barcelona 4-3 in November.
If the victory wasn’t impressive enough, the performance was at Camp Nou and Los Verdiblancos will fancy their chances of claiming another big scalp when Madrid visit.
Betis will be led by Antonio Sanabria, with Sergio Canales and club legend Joaquín operating slightly behind. Canales will of course be a familiar face for the travelling party after spending two years with Los Blancos in 2010 before moving to Valencia. The talented playmaker is 16/5 in the anytime market while Betis top scorer in all competitions, Giovani Lo Celso, is 14/1 to net first. The hosts are 5/2 to emerge victorious and 13/5 to pick up a draw.
Meanwhile, the visitors are in dire straits after another embarrassing showing. Madrid were humbled 2-0 on home soil by Real Sociedad and could soon prioritise the defence of their European title. Coach Santiago Solari is still without injured trio Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio and Mariano Diaz as Los Blancos truly begin to feel the absence of record scorer Ronaldo.
Nevertheless, Madrid are the favourites for the duel, available at 21/20 in what is sure to be a tricky trip, particularly giving the growing list of absentees and form of late. Centre-forward Benzema is 5/1 to open proceedings on the night.
One to watch for Real Betis: Loren Morón could be called in to action if the game is going against Betis after the break. The forward is a handful and priced at 13/1 to bag the last effort of the showdown.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Isco is 8/1 in the same market. The Spaniard’s future is uncertain with the club but with options limited for Solari, should get some valuable minutes.
Long shot: With 20 league fixtures remaining, Madrid hve already lost four times on the road this year. To put this statistic in to context, Los Blancos only suffered three defeats away from home in the whole of the previous campaign and there is a real possibility their miserable start to 2019 continues. A 2-1 success for Betis is 11/1.