Real Betis vs Girona predictions, H2H and match preview for this Sunday’s game in La Liga. Read on for analysis, betting tips and predicted line-ups as two sides who will be in Copa del Rey Quarter-Final action next week meet.
DATE/TIME – Sunday 20th January, 12:00 (Spanish Time)
STADIUM – Benito Villamarin
COMPETITION – La Liga
This Sunday’s clash in Seville should see two teams playing 3-4-3 in opposition. However that’s just about where the similarities end. Betis play possession football with Quique Setien focused on keeping the ball on the ground and wearing the opposition down. Girona meanwhile use Cristhian Stuani as their targetman and get lots of crosses into the box so it should be interesting to see how the styles contrast here.
Girona’s chances are dealt a huge blow by the absence of Stuani to suspension. Anthony Lozano should lead the line as a result and fans of the Catalan club will be preying this isn’t the end of Stuani’s time in Girona with rumours linking him with a move to Camp Nou. The visitors will take confidence from a remarkable 3-3 draw in the Copa del Rey in midweek with a late goal sending them through to play Real Madrid in the last eight.
Betis meanwhile take on Espanyol this week in the cup but they will be keen to put three more points on the board in La Liga first. Betis have lost their opening two games this year in the Primera Division and there’s a concern that cup competitions could increasingly start to have an impact on their league form. They do have a squad of decent depth but the games are starting to mount up and they have a few likely absentees here.
Takashi Inui is at the Asian Cup while William Carvalho is banned. With Junior Firpo also likely to miss out again, there are a few positions where they keep having to name the same players which isn’t ideal. Stuani aside, there are no new selection issues for Girona who are still without the likes of Patrick Roberts and Aday Benitez.
Real Betis vs Girona Predictions
Score Prediction: 2-1 Betis
Betting Tip: Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.90 with Spin Palace Sports
Girona have been able to find a few more regular alternative sources of goals of late and they should have their moments in this game, having scored 3 at the Wanda in midweek against a pretty strong Atleti side. Betis though are a classy outfit these days and should have sufficient creativity to break down the visiting defence and clinch the victory.
Real Betis vs Girona H2H
- Last 6 meetings: 5 Betis Wins, 1 Draw.
- The 3 previous meetings have produced 2 Betis wins and a draw.
- Girona’s only point in the top flight against Betis did come in Seville though, a 2-2 draw last term.
- Betis have won 7 of the last 9 meetings overall.
One to Watch – Sergio Canales
HT 1-1 in Donostia
Really strong teams from both Sociedad and Betis, refreshing to see!
Canales scores on his Anoeta return.
— La Liga Expert (@LigaExpert) January 17, 2019
Sergio Canales has really benefited from his move to Seville and topped it off with a key goal against his former club this week in the cup.
Predicted Line Ups
Lopez – Mandi, Bartra, Feddal – Francis, Lo Celso, Guardado, Tello – Canales, Sanabria, Joaquin (3-4-3)
Bono – Alcala, Juanpe, Espinosa – Granell, Pons, Luiz, Porro – Portu, Lozano, Garcia (3-4-3)