Portugalete vs Real Betis predictions, head-to-head and match preview for this Saturday’s game in the Copa del Rey. Read on for analysis and predicted line-ups as Betis take on 4th tier opposition.
Portugalete vs Real Betis Preview
Portugalete will be bidding to cause the biggest upset of the Copa del Rey for many years this Saturday as they take on top flight Real Betis. The club based on the outskirts of Bilbao are enjoying a strong season but as 4th tier part-timers, the odds will clearly be massively stacked against them, even if Betis do send out a virtual second-string eleven.
Club Portugalete currently top their section of the Tercera Divsion. They are above local rivals Sestao River (who host Athletic Club less than 2 km up the road on Saturday) on goal difference and securing promotion to the Segunda B will be their objective. They’ve only been defeated twice in 19 league games this term and secured Copa del Rey progress thanks to a shock 1-0 win over Segunda Division Extremadura in the last round.
Real Betis meanwhile eased to a 4-0 win away to Antoniano in the last round and are expected to give some fringe players a go again here. They currently sit 13th in La Liga at the halfway mark and may see a good cup run as a way to bring some light to what hasn’t been a brilliant campaign to date for Rubi’s side.
There was cup heartbreak for Betis last term as they narrowly missed out on a place in the Final at their own ground as Valencia defeated them in the Semi-Final 2nd Leg at the Mestalla. This new format, means they are a long way from getting back to that stage but they’ll be pleased to get this game out the way although it is likely to be a tougher test than their last round.
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Portugalete vs Real Betis Predictions
Score Prediction: 2-0 Betis
Betis have a decent squad size and while we can expect plenty of changes from them here, the players that come in will all be hungry to prove a point to their boss. Portugalete are likely to sit very deep and play with five at the back but Betis should ultimately find the key to unlock the door and we’re expecting them to progress.
Portugalete vs Real Betis Betting Tips & Odds (18+)
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Portugalete vs Real Betis H2H
- No previous meetings.
Predicted Line Ups
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Fernandez – Guerrero, Feddal, Sidnei, Barragan – Kaptoum, Garcia, Montilla – Tello, Loren, Lainez (4-3-3)
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