Preview: Real Betis vs Real Madrid – prediction, team news, lineups
Real Madrid will look to get back on track to victory in La Liga when they head to Seville on Saturday night to face Real Betis de Manuel Pellegrini.
Los Blancos have accumulated four points in their first two league games to occupy third place in the table, while Betis have added two points in as many games to occupy 10th position at this stage.
Betis enjoyed an impressive 2020-21 campaign, accumulating 61 points in their 38 games, which was enough to finish sixth, which allowed them to qualify directly to the group stage of the Europa League this season, and it was their best joint position at this level. since 2004-05.
Pellegrini’s team will be looking to get back up high in the division, but have yet to achieve their first win of the season, sharing the points with Mallorca and Cádiz in their first two games.
Betis had to come back to score a point against Cádiz on August 20, as Juanmi’s effort annulled Álvaro Negredo’s first goal at the Benito Villamarín Stadium.
Greens and whites impressed in their own patch last season, scoring 35 points from 19 games, and have only lost one of their last five La Liga games to Real Madrid, recording two wins in the process, including a home win in March 2020.
Betis has managed to strengthen its squad with the arrival of four new players this summer, while Youssouf Sabaly, Rui Silva, Juan Miranda, and German Pezzella move to Sevilla.
Real Madrid, meanwhile, opened their 2021-22 campaign with an impressive 4-1 win over Alavés in the opening weekend and looked set to score two wins out of two against Levante last weekend.
Gareth Bale gave Los Blancos the perfect start in the fifth minute of the match, but Carlo Ancelotti’s side had to come back on two separate occasions to claim a point, with Vinicius Junior scoring two goals in the final 17 minutes of action in Valencia. .
Los Blancos are trying to boost their squad with the arrival of Kylian Mbappé ahead of the transfer deadline, and it would send a serious message to the rest of Europe if they could complete a deal for the Paris Saint-Germain forward next season. days.
Real Madrid were excellent on their travels last season, scoring 42 points from 19 games, but as mentioned, their recent record against Betis is quite disappointing, and the fact that they conceded three goals against Levante last time will have worried Ancelotti.
The capital giants are looking to regain the Spanish title this season, having finished two points behind champion Atlético de Madrid last season, where a poor start ultimately cost them a chance to finish on top.
Betis will once again be without the services of Alex Moreno, Sabaly, and Diego Lainez for Saturday’s game, while Marc Bartra faces a test late.
However, Pellegrini’s team did not pick up any new concerns in their draw with Cádiz last time, and it would not be a surprise to see the same XI sent to the field.
Joaquín, Cristian Tello, and Loren Morón are among the trade options, but a 4-2-3-1 formation should once again include Borja Iglesias at the top of the attack, with Juanmi, Nabil Fekir, and Rodri operating in the positions just behind.
William Carvalho, however, could be left out of the squad amid suggestions that Portugal international is a leading transfer target for Norwich City.
As for Real Madrid, Toni Kroos, Dani Ceballos and Ferland Mendy remain on the sidelines, while Luka Modric is a great doubt with the problem in his thigh that forced him to miss the Levante game.
Nacho is expected to be available, despite missing a training session earlier this week, while Marcelo and Mariano Diaz are back in training alongside their teammates.
Vinicius’ double from the bench has put the Brazilian firmly on Ancelotti’s mind, but Bale could get the nod again alongside Karim Benzema and Eden Hazard in the last third of the field.
Dani Carvajal returned from an injury from the bench against Levante, but his lack of action means Lucas Vázquez is expected to be a right-back starter on Saturday.
Real Betis possible starting lineup:
Silva; Montoya, Gonzalez, Ruiz, Miranda; Guardado, Canales; Rodri, Fekir, Juanmi; Iglesias