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come up against guests Espanyol
at Estadio Benito Villamarín in the La Liga fixture on Thursday. View all Real Betis v Espanyol tips, stats and our pre-match poll below (plus the best game odds).
Real Betis will be hoping to bounce back here after a 1-0 La Liga loss in their previous game against Athletic Bilbao. In that game, Real Betis had 57% possession and 9 shots on goal with 5 on target. Athletic Bilbao had 12 shots on goal with 3 on target. Iñigo Martínez (7') was the scorer for Athletic Bilbao.
It has been seldom in recent times that Real Betis have kept a clean sheet. The facts show that Béticos have been scored against in 6 of their previous 6 games, leaking 11 goals along the way. Despite that, we will just have to wait and see whether such a trend shall persist here in this game.
A look at their previous results shows us that Real Betis:
- have not been beaten in the league by Espanyol in their previous 4 matches.
- have not emerged victorious against Espanyol in their previous 2 matches in the league.
- are unbeaten in their last 3 league matches at home.
Since a losing effort in their last game against Levante in La Liga competition, Espanyol and their travelling fans will hope for a better result here. In that game, Espanyol had 46% possession and 10 attempts at goal with 3 on target. For Espanyol, the goalscorers were David López (28') and Adrià Pedrosa (87' Own goal). Levante UD got 14 shots on goal with 8 of them on target. Borja Mayoral (14') and Enis Bardhi (67') scored for Levante.
Abelardo Fernández's Espanyol have slotted home 7 times throughout their most recent 6 matches. The aggregate of goals that they have conceded during that period equals 7.
Leading up to this clash, Espanyol:
- have not beaten Real Betis in games played away from home for the previous 2 matches in the league.
- haven’t won away from home in the past 5 league matches.
Head to head
Checking on their past head to head clashes going back to 17/03/2018 shows that Real Betis have won 3 of them and Espanyol 0, with the tally of drawn results being 3.
An aggregate of 19 goals were produced between them during those clashes, with 13 from Béticos and 6 being from Periquitos. That’s an average goals per game of 3.17.
The last league game between the two was LaLiga match day 17 on 15/12/2019 when the final score was Espanyol 2-2 Real Betis. In that game, Espanyol had 37% possession and 16 attempts on goal with 4 on target. Goals were scored by Sergi Darder (19') and Bernardo Espinosa (41'). At the other end, Real Betis had 10 shots on goal with 5 on target. Borja Iglesias (4') and Marc Bartra (67') scored. The match was refereed by Guillermo Cuadra Fernández.
Team News: Real Betis
William Carvalho (Ill), Sidnei (Ill), Juanmi (Foot Injury) and Javi García (Calf Injury) are unavailable for Real Betis manager Joan Rubi.
It looks as if Béticos should go for a 4-3-3 system in the match, handing starts to Joel Robles, Alex Moreno, Marc Bartra, Aissa Mandi, Emerson Aparecido, Sergio Canales, Guido Rodriguez, Andres Guardado, Nabil Fekir, Borja Iglesias and Cristian Herrera Tello.
Team News: Espanyol
With a completely healthy squad ready to go, Espanyol manager Abelardo Fernández doesn’t have any fitness worries to speak of ahead of this clash.
From our viewpoint, Periquitos will likely elect for a 4-4-2 lineup, giving starts to Diego Lopez, Javi Lopez, David Lopez, Fernando Calero, Didac Vila, Óscar Melendo, Victor Sanchez Mata, Marc Roca, Adrián Embarba, Lei Wu and Jonathan Calleri.
Here is a game where Espanyol will have to perform well to score against this Real Betis side who we reckon will be able to get on the scoresheet themselves in a winning performance. We’re therefore anticipating a good battle with a 1-0 winning score for Real Betis at the end of the 90 minutes. Looking forward to watching this one unfold.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estadio Benito Villamarín (60,720)
Captain: Joaquín Sánchez Rodríguez
Chairman: Ángel Haro
Manager: Joan Rubi
Competitions: LaLiga position 14
⭐ Star Man: Nabil Fekir
Usually deployed in the Central Attacking Midfielder position, Nabil Fekir was born in Lyon, France. After making a first senior appearance for Olympique Lyonnais in the 2013 - 2014 season, the talented Midfielder has got 7 league goals in this LaLiga 2019 - 2020 campaign so far coming from a total of 25 appearances.