Looking to build off what was a stunning El Classico performance last weekend, Real Madrid will be looking to widen their buffer at the top of the La Liga table when they make the trip to a downbeat Estadio Benito Villamarín on Sunday night.
Despite throwing away the lead against Manchester City in the most dramatic of fashion last week and appearing to be in the midst of another sluggish patch, Los Blancos picked up a 2-0 win over their arch-rivals rivals in the capital.
On the flip side, while Madrid might have their sights set on landing their first domestic crown since 2017, Sunday’s hosts find themselves in the midst of a real struggle.
Hit with a 2-1 defeat away at fellow strugglers Valencia and slumping it in the bottom half of the table, Los Verdiblancos find themselves in the midst of a seven-match winless run across all competitions.
While Betis may have managed to snatch a point off of Sunday’s guests earlier in the season, it should be noted that the White and Greens have lost each of their last three meetings against Los Blancos at the Estadio Benito Villamarín.
You might be interested to know that another victory for the league leaders can be found priced at 8/11 with Coral.
Betis’ defensive crisis
While Real Betis might find themselves almost generously on course to land another La Liga campaign for next season, Los Verdiblancos have continued on what can best be described as an abysmal 12 months.
Hit with a 2-1 defeat against fellow strugglers Valencia and hugely outplayed on the road last weekend, Sunday’s hosts have failed to record a La Liga victory over the past month and have landed just a sole win in their last 10 attempts.
Despite shocking many across Europe by bringing in French playmaker Nabil Fekir over the summer, there is no doubt that fans around the Estadio Benito Villamarín will be most concerned by their side’s continued issues at the back.
Shipping another pair of goals against the Bats last time out, Betis also watching Mallorca come from behind to snatch the most dramatic of 3-3 draws on home soil last month.
With only one side outside of the drop zone holding a worse defensive record than Sunday’s hosts, Rubi’s men have also now shipped over 2.5 goals in back-to-back matches at the Estadio Benito Villamarín.
You might be interested to know that Betis can be found priced at 7/4 with Betfair to once again ship three or more goals this weekend.
Madrid make a statement
Although their 2-1 defeat against Premier League champions Manchester City may have seen Real Madrid’s European ambitions take a huge dent in the Spanish capital, Los Blancos really bounced back in some style last weekend.
Making a real statement and landing their first victory over Barcelona since 2014 thanks to a 2-0 win at the Bernabeu, Los Blancos’ 2-0 win has seen them find a route back to the top of the La Liga table.
While the Spanish giants may have seen summer arrival Eden Hazard hit with yet another ankle injury last month, Head Coach Zinedine Zidane should certainly find the mood in his camp on the rise.
Now holding a one-point buffer over their bitter rivals, the Whites currently find themselves priced at 8/11 with William Hill to lift their first domestic title since 2017 this year.
Elsewhere, after scoring with virtually his first touch in the El Classico last weekend, 26-year-old Mariano could be in line for what is a rare spot in Zidane’s starting XI in place of Karim Benzema who has now failed to find the net in his last six appearances on the bounce, his most barren run of the season.