Real Betis host Real Madrid at the Estadio Benito Villamarín this Sunday, kicking off at 8:45pm local time. The sides are only 4 points apart in the league, as 5th takes on 6th. Both sides suffered upsets in their latest fixture, and will want to forget their agony and get back to winning ways this weekend.

Home Team: Real Betis

Real Betis were largely underwhelming for the majority of the start this season, only winning 3 of their opening 11 matches, which saw them wavering in 14th position. It’s possible that the Europa League may have caused a distraction for them, as they progressed into the last 32 of that competition. Their season started to turn around when they visited the Nou Camp back in early November, as they shocked the Catalan giants by winning 4-3.

Since that victory, Betis managed to earn 10 points from a possible 15, going into the winter break in 6th position. However, Real Betis suffered a huge setback this past weekend, losing to bottom side Huesca 2-1. Real Betis have only lost two matches at home all season, and the most recent one was back in October, so they will prove to be a real test for Real Madrid.

Away Team: Real Madrid

Real Madrid are playing catch-up in La Liga, as they find themselves in 5th place, 10 points behind Barcelona. 10 points behind most teams does not signal the end of their title hopes, but as it is Barcelona who they are trying to catch, then it does look as if their title charge has finished before it had even got started. Real Madrid were crowned World Champions just before Christmas, but their two matches since the winter break have been overly disappointing, claiming just one point from fixtures against Villarreal and Real Sociedad.

At home, they are struggling to score, and away they are finding it nearly impossible to keep a clean sheet. From 9 away matches, they have conceded 18 goals. Conceding an average of 2 per game, and with the attacking threat far less than it has been in recent years, interim manager Santiago Scolari has a huge job on his hands to put a positive outlook on Real Madrid’s faltering 2018/2019 campaign.

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Head to Head

The good news for Real Madrid is that this is a fixture that they have had a lot of success in. In the last 21 matches, Real Betis have been victorious on only 3 occasions, with Real Madrid winning a dominant 15 occasions. In last season’s meetings, Real Betis won at the Bernabeu, winning 1-0, but in the reverse fixture, the sides served up a classic as Real Madrid ran out 5-3 winners.

In Real Madrid’s prior visit to that, they went one better, by scoring 6 in a 6-1 victory, and also won 5-0 back in 2014. The last time Real Betis won this fixture at home was back in the 2012/2013 season when Jose Mourinho was in charge of Real Madrid in his final year.

Predictions and Betting Tips

bet now betting on footballDespite Real Madrid scoring 11 goals in their last two visits to Real Betis, they are only at 21/20 favourites to win here, with Betis at 11/5. A draw is at 13/5. Real Madrid cannot avoid any more slip ups, and I think that they may win ugly here on Sunday, so my prediction is a 1-0 win for them at 10/1. Both sides don’t score too many goals, so I don’t think we will see a goal fest like we have done in the past, so I would back there to be less than 2.5 goals at 5/4.

Backing Real Madrid to not win should be considered, as you can put money on a ‘double chance’ bet of a Betis win or draw at a kind 8/11. On the other side of the spectrum, you can boost your earnings backing Real Madrid when they are in bad form, so if they decide to perform a masterclass from nowhere, you are the ones laughing. Therefore, my final bet would be to back them to score 4+ goals at 15/2. They have done it 3 out of their 4 most recent visits.

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