Eibar vs Real Betis Match Preview & Predictions

Eibar vs Real Betis

Eibar vs Real Betis predictions and match preview for Thursday’s LaLiga match. Read on for the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as the hosts target a much needed three points in their bid for survival.

Date Thursday 13th May 2021
Kick-Off 20:00 (local time)
Stadium Ipurua
Competition LaLiga

Eibar vs Real Betis Preview

Eibar stadium via Miguelazo84, CC BY-SA 4.0

Eibar are aiming to pull off one of LaLiga’s greatest escape acts. They looked dead and buried a fortnight ago but positive results have seen them give themselves a real chance but they may need to deliver again here with games running out. It won’t be easy against a Real Betis side that is fighting for European places.

Heading into May, even José Luis Mendilibar conceded that his Eibar team were most likely heading towards the Segunda Division. On the pitch his team were still competing though and they finally got reward for some more encouraging displays by beating Alaves 3-0 in their last outing at Ipurua with Kike netting a hat-trick.

They then backed that up with a dramatic late win at Getafe in another relegation six-pointer at the weekend. Eibar would have travelled back to the Basque Country full of belief again after Recio’s late penalty. While they are still rock bottom, they are now back in touch with a host of teams above them. With Barcelona to come to Ipurua on the final weekend, it’s vital they win at least one of their next two games with a trip to Valencia in store this Sunday.

Real Betis won’t roll over though. Manuel Pellegrini’s men are closing in on European qualification. Victory in this match would be enough to guarantee a place in Europe next term and they are looking very good to make the top six which would mean UEFA Europa League rather than UEFA Conference League football.

They took a big step in that direction on Monday night when they saw off Andalusian rivals and fellow European hopefuls Granada. Borja Iglesias was on top of his game again with a brace and his reemergence has been one of the major positives for the Seville club this season. He’ll be hungry to net at least once more to take his league goal tally into double figures.

Head to Head

  • Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 2 Eibar Wins, 1 Betis Win, 3 Draws.
  • Eibar won 2-0 at the Benito Villamarin earlier this season.
  • They are unbeaten in 5 games against Real Betis overall.
  • Betis have taken just 2 points from their 5 previous top flight visits to Eibar.

Team News

Eibar are at full strength with the exception of the injured Alejandro Pozo.

Nabil Fekir returns from a ban for the visitors. Martin Montoya is an injury doubt.

Predicted Eibar Starting Lineup:

Dmitrovic – Cote, Arbilla, Oliveira, Correa – Exposito, Atienza, Diop, Gil – Enrich, Kike (4-4-2)

Predicted Real Betis Starting Lineup:

Bravo – Miranda, Ruiz, Bartra, Emerson – Guardado, Rodriguez – Canales, Fekir, Ruibal – Iglesias (4-2-3-1)

Eibar vs Real Betis Prediction: 1-1 Draw

This is a really game to call as Eibar are clearly believing again and we have seen struggling teams put late season runs together to beat the drop. Betis are a tough nut to crack these days though. They’ve gone 8 without defeat in LaLiga, drawing 6 of them, and you sense they’d be pretty content to take another point from this game.

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Mark is a freelance writer based in Madrid. He has been writing about Spanish football since 2014 and regularly attends and covers matches across Spain. His work has also been published by various newspapers and websites including These Football Times, World Soccer and Guardian Sport. Available for freelance work: marksochon (at) hotmail.co.uk