Granada vs Real Betis match preview and predictions for Sunday’s LaLiga match. Read on for the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups ahead of this Andalusian derby clash.
- DATE: Sunday 20th December 2020
- KICK-OFF: 16:15 (local time)
- VENUE: Los Carmenes
- COMPETITION: LaLiga
Granada vs Real Betis Preview
Granada and Real Betis face off in an Andalusian derby in LaLiga on Sunday. It has been a great season so far for clubs from Andalusia with all four top flight teams from the region currently in the top half of the table heading into the weekend. Betis have been the least impressive or at least the most inconsistent, but they would climb above their opponents with victory here and would suddenly be knocking on the door of the European places.
Having played nine Europa League matches this season, Granada boss Diego Martinez will probably be grateful for the break from continental action and the chance to really focus his side’s energies on league football for a couple of months. With a midweek round of games following this, there’s not going to be a great deal of rest though which means both coaches here may think about some rotation.
Granada bounced back from a dip in form with a 1-0 win at Elche last weekend, having taken just 2 points from their previous 5 league fixtures. However as was the case last season, they’ve almost earned the right to have a bit of a slump in form, courtesy of their impressive start. They were also winners in the Copa del Rey in midweek, seeing off AD San Juan Pamplona 2-0.
Real Betis meanwhile had the toughest assignment of any of the top flight clubs in the Copa. They travelled to Segunda B side UCAM Murcia and despite being under the cosh early on in the game, Manuel Pellegrini’s side ultimately progressed, also by a 2-0 margin. As one of the few big Spanish clubs with no European commitments, the Copa del Rey could be a real target for Betis this season.
Their last two league results have been better with four points coming from games against Osasuna and Villarreal. Pellegrini is still searching for the right combination up front with Borja Iglesias and Aitor Ruibal currently looking the favoured choices in a front three alongside Nabil Fekir.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 2 Granada Wins, 1 Betis Win, 3 Draws.
- Granada went top of LaLiga with a 1-0 win in this fixture last season.
- They also drew 2-2 at the Benito Villamarin in the return clash have netted 9 goals in their last 4 games vs Betis.
- Betis have taken just 1 point from their last 4 league visits to Los Carmenes since a 5-1 win in 2013.
Centre-back German Sanchez is available again for the hosts but Carlos Neva and Fede Vico are doubts for this one.
Betis are still missing Sergio Canales while Alex Moreno and Sidnei are doubts.
Predicted Granada Starting Lineup:
Silva – Neva, Duarte, German, Foulquier – Herrera, Gonalons, Milla – Suarez, Soldado, Machis (4-3-3)
Predicted Betis Starting Lineup:
Bravo – Moreno, Bartra, Mandi, Emerson – Rodriguez, Guardado, Carvalho – Fekir, Iglesias, Ruibal (4-3-3)
Granada vs Real Betis Predictions
Score Prediction: Granada 2-1 Betis
Granada may just have the edge here. Overall, they look a stronger side and certainly have a stronger squad than last year. New signings Luis Milla and Luis Suarez have both settled quickly and look very much at home at this level and they currently have a bit more than Betis at both ends of the pitch.
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