Real Betis vs Alaves match preview and predictions for Monday’s LaLiga match. Read on for the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as the hosts aim to extend their impressive run of form.
|Monday 8th March 2021
|21:00 (local time)
Real Betis vs Alaves Preview
Real Betis are back in their Monday night slot this week. There’s one way to ensure they play less Monday night games next season and that’s to qualify for Europe, something that all of a sudden they are potentially on course to do. They host struggling Alaves here in a clash between one of Spain’s most in-form teams and one that is badly out of sorts.
A few months back, there was a general assumption that Betis would meander inconsistently along to at best a mid-table finish this season. However suddenly they have found a couple of missing ingredients and they are getting results on a pretty regular basis. Their return of 19 points from their last 8 games is the second best in LaLiga heading into this matchday, and they’ve climbed above Villarreal and into 6th place which will be good enough for European qualification.
If Barcelona win the Copa del Rey, that would mean Europa League football with 7th going into the inaugural UEFA Conference League. With Villarreal fading a bit and the clubs immediately below with cup distractions of their own, this is a really good opportunity for Betis to get back into Europe which could make a big difference when it comes to their summer recruitment. Despite their good form, there are still positions they really could do with strengthening and it could be an interesting few months in the green and white half of Seville.
Over in Vitoria, these are worrying times for Alaves fans. After a poor start in admittedly difficult fixtures under the returning Abelardo, their home derby against Osasuna last time out was a good chance to get back on track. However a 1-0 defeat leaves Alaves in the bottom three and in real trouble with their gamble to replace Pablo Machin already looking a questionable move.
With Joselu and Lucas Perez up front, Alaves should really have enough firepower to get themselves out of trouble. Those two players would walk into any other team in the bottom six and if Abelardo can manage to reinstill that organisation and defensive discipline that delivered success during his first spell, it’s certainly not too late for Alaves to turn things around.
20 points from 27 in 2021. ?
— LaLiga English (@LaLigaEN) February 28, 2021
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 2 Betis Wins, 1 Alaves Win, 3 Draws.
- None of the last 6 clashes have resulted in a home win.
- Alaves have won on 3 of their last 5 trips to the Benito Villamarin.
- Betis won 1-0 in Vitoria on the opening weekend this season.
William Carvalho and Nabil Fekir are available again this week for Betis but long-term absentees Dani Martin and Victor Camarasa are still sidelined through injury.
Rodrigo Ely is the only injury absentee for Alaves.
Predicted Betis Starting Lineup:
Joel – Miranda, Sidnei, Mandi, Emerson – Guardado, Rodriguez – Fekir, Canales, Ruibal – Loren (4-2-3-1)
Predicted Alaves Starting Lineup:
Pacheco – Duarte, Lejeune, Laguardia, Navarro – Cordoba, Pina, Garcia, Mendez – Joselu, Perez (4-4-2)
Real Betis vs Alaves Predictions
LaLiga Expert Predicts: Real Betis 2-0 Alaves (follow us on Tipstrr to view our betting tips)
Betis are playing with real confidence at the moment and with home advantage, you have to fancy them to see off an unconvincing Alaves side here. Even with a few selection issues, Betis won at Cadiz last weekend and with the likes of Nabil Fekir available again here, they will fancy their chances of extending their fine recent run.