Real Madrid vs Real Betis match preview and predictions for Saturday’s LaLiga match. Read on for the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as Los Blancos entertain Betis in the Spanish capital.
|Date||Saturday 24th April 2021|
|Kick-Off||21:00 (local time)|
|Stadium||Alfredo Di Stefano|
Real Madrid vs Real Betis Preview
Real Madrid play their first home game since the collapse of plans to form a European Super League led by their president. Florentino Perez is still hanging on to the idea for now but has won few friends in football this week with some ridiculous comments in two late night interviews, although fortunately for Real Madrid there was no sign of it being a distraction as they won their midweek game at Cadiz.
They won convincingly too with three First Half goals as Zinedine Zidane brought his big guns back in having rotated heavily in the draw with Getafe at the weekend. Managing his players so they remain fresh in both LaLiga and the Champions League is still going to be a real challenge for Zidane who will also have one eye on the 1st Leg of their UCL Semi-Final against Chelsea this coming week.
They can’t afford to take their eye off the ball here against a competitive Betis side in a fixture that has caused Real Madrid problems in recent years. They continue to be in a position where a number of players remain sidelined or doubtful due to injuries while the versatile Fede Valverde has tested positive for COVID-19, so these are still slightly worrying times for Madrid in what has become a four-horse title race where there is little if any room for dropped points.
Real Betis are capable of making this a real contest. They’ve kept clean sheets in each of their last 3 away games against Real Madrid, winning twice and they are fighting hard for a place in Europe this season. At the very least they should make the newly formed Conference League from this position and they just need to pip one of Villarreal or Real Sociedad to secure a place in the Europa League group stage.
Betis has got into the habit of drawing rather than winning games of late though. All of their last four matches in LaLiga have ended all square, the last three of which have all been at the Benito Villamarin. They’ve won six times on the road this season in LaLiga which is a big improvement on recent years but they will have to cope without one of their main dangermen with Nabil Fekir suspended here.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 3 Real Madrid Wins, 2 Real Betis Wins, 1 Draw.
- Betis have taken 7 points from their last 3 league visits to Real Madrid.
- They didn’t concede in any of those games, with Betis recording 2-0 and 1-0 wins prior to a goalless affair last season.
- Real Madrid won 3-2 at the Benito Villamarin earlier this term.
Lucas Vazquez and Fede Valverde are out while Real Madrid also have doubts over Modric, Kroos, Hazard, Mendy and Ramos and may opt to take no chances with their Champions League trip to London around the corner.
Nabil Fekir is suspended for the visitors but otherwise they should be at full strength.
Predicted Real Madrid Starting Lineup:
Courtois – Nacho, Varane, Militao – Marcelo, Blanco, Casemiro, Isco, Carvajal – Benzema, Vinicius (3-5-2)
Predicted Betis Starting Lineup:
Bravo – Moreno, Ruiz, Mandi, Emerson – Rodriguez, Guardado – Joaquin, Canales, Lainez – Iglesias (4-2-3-1)
Real Madrid vs Real Betis Predictions
Score Prediction: Real Madrid 2-1 Real Betis
Betis do have a good record in this fixture and could be competitive here against a Madrid side that is missing some key players. Karim Benzema should start though and the qualities he brings may prove decisive with Los Blancos likely to just edge it and claim a much needed victory in their push for the title.
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