Real Madrid’s season was in danger of all but ending in midweek when they fell behind at home to PSG in the Champions League, the only competition they still have any chance of winning. The French club went into the tie as slight favourites but Zinedine Zidane’s side showed all the quality and experience you’d expect from a side that has won the competition in 3 of the last 4 seasons, to fight back and win 3-1.
Suddenly there is a feel good factor back at the Bernabeu but motivation could become an issue in La Liga over the remainder of the campaign. They can’t catch Barcelona but they shouldn’t really have to fight too hard to seal a top four finish, so there are likely to be more slip-ups to come, particularly if they go deep in the Champions League.
This is certainly one match where you can potentially see them not having all things go their way. Betis are an attacking side that averages 1.83 goals per game at home this term. They are well capable of exploiting the obvious defensive frailties in this Real back-line and the Seville club have of course already beaten Real Madrid this term in La Liga.
Repeating the trick here may be a little too much to ask but there’s no reason why they can’t get a result. Real Madrid have been really struggling to record wins on the road in La Liga of late. They’ve won just 1 of their last 6 away games in the Spanish top flight, dropping 11 points in the process and that’s just one reason why they are a huge 17 points behind arch-rivals Barcelona and totally out of the title race.
Betis have won their last two games in La Liga and 4 of their last 6 so they are in decent form and they remain in contention for Europa League football next term. They have plenty of attacking options and one man to watch here is Loren Morón.
The Marbella born forward is 24 years old but has spent virtually his whole career to date playing for Betis B. He was a surprise starter for the first time this season in Betis’ home game with Villarreal earlier this month and he scored two goals before backing that up with the only goal as Betis won at Depor last time out. He has 12 goals in his last 11 matches, including B team games now and backing Loren Morón to score anytime looks worth a flutter here.
With Madrid struggling for results on the road and perhaps showing a bit of fatigue from a big effort in midweek, going for Betis +1.5 Asian Handicap also looks good.
Head To Head
Betis were shock 1-0 winners when the sides met in Madrid earlier this term. They’ve lost 4 of their last 6 home games against Los Blancos though, including a 6-1 loss last term.
Real Betis vs Real Madrid Stats
- After their 1-0 win at Santiago Bernabeu in September 2017, Real Betis could win two games against Real Madrid in the same La Liga season for the first time since 1998/99.
- Betis’ aforementioned win against the Whites ended the longest ever scoring run of any side from the top five European leagues in all competitions (73, recorded by Zinedine Zidane’s side between April 2016 and September 2017).
- Real Madrid have only lost one of their last 19 La Liga away games (2-1 vs Girona at Montivili in October 2017) but they have drawn four of their last five (W1).
- Loren Moron has scored in each of his first two La Liga games (three goals). The only player to score in his first three appearances for Betis in the top-flight was Gaston Casas in 2001 (four goals).
- Quique Setien has only lost two of his five managerial games against Real Madrid (W1 D2), avoiding defeat in his last three (W1 D2).