This could be a decent game by the usual standards of Monday night action in La Liga. Any game involving Real Betis is usually worth a watch as they’ve been very attack-minded this season, scoring and conceding plenty of goals. They come into this one as clear underdogs though against an Alaves side who have put a cracking run together at home to claw themselves towards safety.
With 31 points on the board, they now look virtually guaranteed to be playing top flight football next term. That’s a fantastic turnaround given where they were when Abelardo took over in early December. They’ve won 9 of their last 10 home matches in all competitions, which largely explains why they are such clear favourites here with the bookies even against a side well above them in the table.
In fairness though, they have had a pretty kind run of home fixtures. 4 of their last 6 home league games have been against the only four sides currently below them in La Liga and Alaves can expect a much tougher game here. They’ve put in some really committed displays to win those crunch relegation six-pointers but you have to wonder whether they will be able to keep that intensity up, now they are under less pressure and have all but guaranteed their safety.
Real Betis have been going very nicely away too which makes you think they are perhaps a bit longer than they should be with the bookies here. The Andalusians have won 4 of their last 6 on the road in La Liga. They netted 12 times in those 6 matches too and only six sides have managed to score more goals than them this term in the Spanish top flight.
One of their biggest threats has been Sergio Leon. His 9 league goals have come at a rate of one every 187 minutes which is very good going indeed and he is someone who has really blossomed over the past 18 months having made double figures in his debut top flight campaign with Osasuna last term. He gets much better service in this Betis side though and backing Sergio Leon to score anytime could be worth a punt here.
Going for Real Betis Double Chance also looks good given their impressive away form and the suspicion that Alaves could just take their foot off the pedal slightly having done all the hard work in their battle for safety.
Head To Head
Alaves have won 4 of the last 6 meetings. However they did lose 2-0 in Seville against Betis earlier this term.
Alaves vs Real Betis Stats
- Alavés have won four of their last six games in La Liga (L2). However, they lost in Anoeta last time out. Abelardo has never lost two games in a row with Alavés.
- Betis have failed to score in their last two league games. The last time the Andalusian team recorded three successive shutouts, Pepe Mel was sacked in January 2016 (six).
- Betis have scored three own goals and conceded four own goals (total: seven), the most in La Liga this season.
- Three Alavés’ players have been sent off in the last four meetings between these sides at Mendizorroza in Primera División: Coloccini, Téllez & De Lucas.
- Alavés have only scored one goal in the first half of the last 10 meetings with Real Betis in La Liga.