Real Betis vs Real Sociedad Match Preview & Predictions

Real Betis vs Real Sociedad

Real Betis vs Real Sociedad predictions and match preview for Tuesday’s Spanish Copa del Rey 4th Round game. Read on for analysis and a score prediction as these clubs meet for the second time in four days.

  • DATE: Tuesday 26th January 2021
  • KICK-OFF: 21:00 (local time)
  • STADIUM: Benito Villamarin
  • COMPETITION: Copa del Rey 4th Round

Real Betis vs Real Sociedad Preview


Real Betis vs Real Sociedad match preview
Betis stadium image via Anual, CC BY-SA 4.0

In a repeat of a league game from just last weekend, Real Betis and Real Sociedad face off with a Copa del Rey Quarter-Final place at stake for the winners. The venue is different though this time with the two teams making the long journey from San Sebastian to Seville for a night-time encounter at the Benito Villamarin.

Saturday’s clash at Anoeta had a familiar feel to it for Real Sociedad. Having dominated much of the game, and this time even converted a couple of chances, La Real ultimately had to settle for a point. That was courtesy of a spirited fightback from Betis with Sergio Canales and Joaquin scoring in the final five minutes to ensure Manuel Pellegrini’s side claimed a valuable point.

That was the latest in a series of good results for Betis. They are unbeaten in 6 matches so far in 2021 and hopes are suddenly looking a bit higher that this could be a much improved year for Los Verdiblancos.

Their cup progress to date has been relatively smooth, certainly compared to some of the other top flight teams. They’ve seen off UCAM Murcia, Multivera and Sporting Gijon on the road, with two goal margins of victory on each occasion. They are one club that really can afford to target the Copa del Rey and Betis fans will really start to get excited if they can see off La Real here.

Real Sociedad of course still have last year’s Copa del Rey Final still to play. It’s questionable whether they can really afford to have an extended run in this competition, whilst also competing in LaLiga and the Europa League, which resumes next month. So far, Imanol has done his best to rotate and try to maintain a challenge on multiple fronts. They entered the Copa del Rey at the 3rd Round stage due to their Supercopa commitments, beating Cordoba 2-0 last week. However the man who scored both goals in that victory has since left with Willian Jose joining Wolves.

La Real have acted swiftly to replace him by signing Carlos Fernandez for €10m from Sevilla. This could be a good move for the 24 year old who scored 13 goals on loan at Granada last term but has failed to see much game-time back at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan. The Basque side really need somebody to start converting the chances they create and Fernandez should provide good competition for Alexander Isak.


Real Betis vs Real Sociedad Predictions


Score Prediction: Real Betis 2-1 Real Sociedad

Betis are in good form heading into this and they will really be keen to progress, perhaps more so than some other top flight clubs. While Imanol’s commitment to treating every game seriously is to be admired, it feels like a few free dates in the calendar would be no bad thing for a Real Sociedad side that is already going to be playing one Copa del Rey Final this year. We are likely to see the hosts make fewer changes from the weekend meeting of the clubs as a result and Betis could just edge this.

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