Real Betis vs Villarreal predictions and match preview for Sunday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for expert analysis, the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as two European contenders clash.
|Sunday 6th February 2022
|18:30 (local time)
Real Betis vs Villarreal Preview
Two of Spanish football’s free-scoring sides meet at the Estadio Benito Villamarin this weekend, with Real Betis hosting Unai Emery’s Villarreal. Los verdi-blancos aim to take three points from this match in order to widen their lead in the race for a Champions League spot, especially with top four rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid playing against each other at the Camp Nou only hours prior. Villarreal will look to keep their hopes of reaching the top four alive, although a loss this weekend could see their dreams crumble.
Real Betis may have endured a mediocre start to the season, but have remained mainly consistent ever since with poor results only arising sporadically. Betis will come into this match full of confidence after advancing into this season’s Copa Del Rey semi-finals on Thursday night with a win at Anoeta against Real Sociedad. Manuel Pellegrini’s men scored four goals that night, after doing so in their two previous matches as well. The division’s joint second top goal scorer Juanmi was on the scoresheet yet again, adding two goals to his tally for this season.
Sergio Canales and the “panda” Borja Iglesias have also been in goalscoring form as of late, with Nabil Fekir as ever pulling strings in midfield. Rui Silva could challenge Claudio Bravo for the goalkeeping spot, after making a stunning save in midweek from La Real’s Alexander Isak.
Villarreal’s season has gone in a parallel direction to that of Betis, with consistency seeming to be the main issue surrounding the Yellow Submarine. Unai Emery’s side have been able to dominate the majority of their matches, however they’ve not been clincial enough in many of their away games and that has often left them without the three points.
The international break could prove to be a blessing in disguise for Villarreal, as it could allow key players such as Juan Foyth, Etienne Capoue and star forward Gerard Moreno to return to the squad after missing out in a 3-0 win over Mallorca on the last matchday.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 2 Betis Wins, 3 Villarreal Wins, 1 Draw.
- Villarreal won the reverse fixture 2-0 earlier this season.
- The last 6 meetings in Sevilla have produced 2 wins each and 2 draws.
- Betis’ last home win over Villarreal was by a 2-1 margin in 2019.
Claudio Bravo is out injured for Betis. Some rotation is likely in the middle of two big Copa del Rey games.
Gerard Moreno is expected to be fit after injury providing he doesn’t suffer any relapses between now and kick-off. Samu Chukwueze, Serge Aurier and Aissa Mandi are back from AFCON duty but Boulaye Dia is involved in the Final of that tournament and will miss out.
Real Betis vs Villarreal Predictions
Score Prediction: Real Betis 3-1 Villarreal
With Betis’ goalscoring form as of late, it’s difficult to see them not being able to create and take their chances in this match. We expect Manuel Pellegrini’s side to take the three points, hence getting closer to finishing the season in a top four spot and leaving Villarreal to consider making their Champions League tie against Juventus their top priority.
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