Real Madrid face a tough test when they welcome Real Betis, who are unbeaten in five, as they try to keep pace with their city rivals Atletico
By Craig Humpage
Published on Friday 23 April 2021
After a somewhat sluggish start to their campaign, Real Betis have found some consistency in recent months, losing only once in their past 10 league games. Real Madrid need to win to keep the pressure on Diego Simeone's men and Barcelona at the top but they are more than capable of dropping points as they showed last weekend in their 0-0 draw with Getafe. Up against a very good sixth place Betis who have drew their last four consecutive matches, a victory here is by no means a foregone conclusion.
Preview: Real Madrid vs Real Betis
Real Madrid are only three points behind their bitter rivals and a win here would send them level on points at the top of the league in Spain just ahead of Barcelona. Madrid will yet again miss big name players like Lucas Vazquez, Ferland Mendy, Sergio Ramos and Federico Valverde through injury and coronavirus. They may however be able to welcome back Eden Hazard who could have played in the 3-0 win over Cadiz in midweek. Karim Benzema will almost certainly lead the line.
Manuel Pellegrini's Betis side are sitting pretty in the Europa League places which has to be seen as an achievement considering where they were when the former Manchester City boss took over. Nabil Fekir will be unavailable due to suspension which could see veteran midfielder Andres Guardado make an appearance. Speaking of veterans, keep an eye out for legendary 39 year old winger Joaquin linking up with Borja Iglesias up top. Betis fans will be hoping for another wondergoal from their star man Sergio Canales.
It's hard to bet against a Real Madrid side which hasn't lost since January and that's why I won't be predicting a Betis win here. I do however think they stand a good chance at making it five draws in a row and tripping up Real Madrid in the process. Pellegrini is an experienced tactician and with veterans all over the pitch, I feel they can eke out a drew but I don't see them winning.
Prediction: Real Madrid 1-1 Real Betis
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Real Madrid vs Real Betis
Saturday 24 April 2021
Expected Kick off: 20.00
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