La Liga early season surprise package, Real Betis, have taken six points from six available. Now, Los Verdiblancos host reigning champions Real Madrid at the Estadio Benito Villamarin. The match will headline Saturday’s games in La Liga. It will also be a test for Manuel Pellegrini’s team. Can they continue collecting points against one of La Liga’s biggest clubs?
Real Madrid head into matchday 2 after a frustrating nil-nil draw away to Real Sociedad. Zinedine Zidane will be satisfied with the point after Los Blancos started the La Liga campaign a week later than the rest of the division.
Zidane should take note of recent history against Real Betis. Although Los Verdiblancos finished in the lower half of the La Liga table last term, they took four points from six off of Real Madrid. Their game at the Benito Villamarin ended in a 2-1 win for Real Betis. It wasn’t until the La Liga restart in June and July that Real Madrid really started to show their title credentials.
Real Betis have claimed back to back wins. They are yet to concede a goal. Can Pellegrini’s team take points off of the champions once more or will Zidane’s team kickstart their campaign?
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Real Betis are playing their second straight match at home. Last weekend, they claimed a 2-0 win against Real Valladolid thanks to goals from Nabil Fekir (penalty) and William Carvalho. While Real Betis needed a second-half stoppage-time winner on matchday 1, both goals against Real Valladolid came in the opening 18 minutes.
Pellegrini has put an emphasis on Real Betis’ defence. They have not conceded a goal and only allowed two shots on target against Real Valladolid. Last season, Real Betis won at home against Real Madrid 2-1 thanks to goals on either side of halftime from Sidnei and Cristian Tello. Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema scored in the first half from the penalty spot.
Inspite of dominating the possession against Real Sociedad and tallying 16 shots, Real Madrid could not get through the Royal’s defence. Real Madrid had 68% of the game’s possession but couldn’t finish chances. Just four of their 16 shots landed on target.
Real Betis are unbeaten in four of their last six games against Real Madrid in La Liga. Three of those four games finished in wins. Real Betis can certainly spring a surprise on the reigning champions. If Real Madrid cannot find their shooting boots, they could drop points once more.
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The big news surrounding Real Madrid this week was the departure of Gareth Bale. Although just sent on loan to Tottenham Hotspur, Bale’s massive contract is off the club’s books. Bale’s salary hung around the club’s neck like a millstone as Zidane’s relationship was unrepairable with the Welshman. Now, with Bale gone, fans have turned to Eden Hazard. After an injury-plagued first campaign, fans are calling for him to step up for Los Blancos.
Real Madrid continue to rely on forward Karim Benzema. The Frenchman has been brilliant over the years at the club. However, there seems to be no one to step in when Benzema is off form. Real Madrid have a very old squad with many players like Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Benzema, and Raphael Varane that have been at the club for a long time. High wages mean it is difficult for Real Madrid to overhaul their squad no matter how badly they need it.
Zidane is unlikely to have defender Eder Militao fit for the game. Mariano Diaz is also listed as a doubt for Saturday. Pellegrini could be without around four players due to various fitness issues. Andres Guardado is the player closest to being fit, but could still miss out through a knock. Dani Martin, Victor Camarasa, and Francis Guerro are all ruled out.
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It is difficult to believe that Real Madrid will be shut out for a second straight week. Although Pellegrini has improved Real Betis’ defence, the club have not played an opponent with the potential in attack that Real Madrid possess. Six of the last nine games between Real Betis and Real Madrid in La Liga finished with both teams finding the back of the net. Real Betis have their tails up and, with a good recent record versus Real Madrid, could get on the scoresheet.
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Fourteen of the last 20 matches between Real Betis and Real Madrid in all competitions finished with over 2.5 goals scored. These sides have the ability to score goals against one another. Real Betis have started well but their defence will be challenged more by Real Madrid than in the opening two weeks of the season.
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Karim Benzema didn’t get on the scoresheet to start the season, but he did average 4.00 shots over the 90 minutes. Last season, Benzema scored 21 goals and was right on his expected goals total of 21.25. He averaged an expected goal figure of 0.60 per 90 minutes last term. The Frenchman scored 21 goals in each of his last two La Liga campaigns. He is still Real Madrid’s most important goalscorer.
Real Betis’ defence has not played against a striker of Benzema’s quality this season. They should be stretched. Real Betis have helped their cause for winning matches by improving their possession per game. The team average 55.6% possession per game. Pellegrini could choose to concede possession and set Real Betis to hit on the counter-attack.
Los Verdiblancos have been turned around by Pellegrini tactically. The team average 13.5 shots per game and are taking things to opponents. This week will be a big test and Real Betis could come away with a point. Don’t be surprised to see Real Madrid drop points to their former manager’s team.
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Real Betis vs Real Madrid Frequently Asked Questions
What stadium will host Real Betis vs Real Madrid on Saturday?
Estadio Benito Villamarín will host Real Betis vs Real Madrid on Saturday in La Liga.A
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The kick-off time for Real Betis vs Real Madrid is 20:00 on Saturday 26 September.A