Real Sociedad vs Real Betis predictions, H2H and match preview for this Thursday’s game in La Liga. Read on for analysis, betting tips and predicted line-ups for this mid-table clash in San Sebastian.
DATE/TIME – Thursday 4th April 2019, 21:30 (Spanish Time)
STADIUM – Anoeta
COMPETITION – La Liga
There are 3 points separating these clubs heading into this Thursday’s clash in San Sebastian. Both sides have hit slightly iffy runs of form but neither are totally out of European contention. Certainly a victory for Betis would propel them back towards the fierce battle for 4th place which is brewing.
It hasn’t been a great 2019 so far for the Seville club though in truth. Their cup adventures ended with defeats in disappointing circumstances as the dream of a home Copa del Rey Final died a death against Valencia. They now can focus on La Liga but they’ve not been too consistent. A poor display barely merited a 1-1 draw away to Rayo Vallecano at the weekend and Quique Setien is expected to shuffle his pack quite considerably here.
Sociedad don’t have the same luxuries in terms of options if they wish to rotate. They’ve had a really tough run with key men getting injured at the same time. Striker Willian Jose may be fit enough to return here which is a boost but the likes of Diego Llorente and Asier Illarramendi remain injury doubts. The latter is key to how the side functions as a whole and it’s no coincidence that Sociedad have taken just 3 points from their last 5 games in his absence.
They could easily have lost at Valladolid at the weekend with a late VAR reprieve sparing them defeat although they did subsequently miss a great chance to win the game on the break. This will be a very different kind of game against pass masters Betis and it promises to be tight.
Real Sociedad vs Real Betis Predictions
Score Prediction: 2-1 Real Betis
Betting Tip: Real Betis Draw No Bet @ 2.3 with Spin Palace Sports (18+)
Sociedad’s home record this season isn’t great with just 4 victories in San Sebastian. They also don’t have the same kind of strength in depth as their opponents so Betis’ ability to bring in fresh legs of genuine quality could be significant in a midweek game like this. Injuries have really played havoc with Sociedad’s European hopes and they aren’t totally over those problems yet. Betis could have the edge here but it’s likely to be tight.
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Real Sociedad vs Real Betis H2H
- Last 6 meetings: 1 Sociedad Win, 1 Betis Win, 4 Draws.
- Betis are winless on their last 6 visits to San Sebastian.
- They drew 4-4 here in La Liga last term.
- Betis are unbeaten in 5 games against La Real overall and knocked Sociedad out of the Copa del Rey in January.
One to Watch – Sergio Canales
? El @RealBetis de @SergioCanales empata ? @RayoVallecano 1-1 en ?️ Vallecas!! pic.twitter.com/l1WPvHf2fC
— Best of You (@bestofyou) March 31, 2019
Sergio Canales is back at the Anoeta here. After an injury-ravaged 4 year stay in San Sebastian, he is really flourishing in Seville and earned a deserved Spain call-up over the international break.
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Predicted Line Ups
Real Sociedad Team:
Rulli – Zaldua, Navas, Elustondo, Hernandez – Merino, Zubeldia – Januzaj, Oyarzabal, Juanmi – Willian Jose (4-2-3-1)
Real Betis Team:
Lopez – Sidnei, Bartra, Mandi – Tello, Carvalho, Canales, Barragan – Lo Celso – Loren Moron, Sergio Leon (3-4-1-2)
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