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Real Betis take on Espanol at the Estadio Benito Villamarin

Betis will be looking to record their third straight victory in all competitions tonight and Pellegrini’s side currently sit 12th in the league, having picked up five points from their opening four matches, while Espanyol occupy 16th spot with two points from their four games played.

The home side will play tonight off the back of a seven goal thriller against Celtic in the Europa League, Pellegrini’s team actually trailed 2-0 in the first half but then scored four goals to go 4-2 up, before Celtic bagged a third in the final minutes of the game.

Betis had an impressive 2020-21 campaign, collecting 61 points from their 38 matches, which was enough to finish sixth, their joint-best season at this level since 2004-05, and that qualified them for the Europa League.

The Seville outfit opened their La Liga season with draws against Mallorca and Cadiz before suffering a 1-0 defeat to Real Madrid before the international break.

Betis returned to winning ways on September 13th, as a late goal gave them a 2-1 win against Grenada.

Espanyol, who were relegated from La Liga at the end of 2019-20, as they picked up just 25 points from 38 matches during a very poor campaign, but the club secured an immediate return by winning last season’s Segunda Division.

They are still waiting for their first victory of the new season, and I have a feeling it wont be coming tonight.

The away side opened their 2021-22 campaign with 0-0 draws against Osasuna and Villarreal, before suffering a 1-0 defeat at Mallorca before the international break.

Espanol then played at home to Atletico Madrid on September 12 and suffered another disappointing result, despite an improved performance, getting beaten 2-1 at home by the Spanish champions.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Espanol have not beaten Betis in the league since October 2017 but two of the last three meetings have finished in draws.

In their first four games this season, Betis have scored four, conceded four, whilst Espanol’s lack of firepower (just that one league goal to date), suggests they will struggle this term.

The two teams have met 20 times before and stats suggest it’ll be a tight game. They have drawn six and won seven games apiece and I’m expecting another very tight game this evening.

TONIGHT

I am having to factor in the fact Betis only played on Thursday but given they are at home and that despite an improved display last time out Espanol lost again and cannot score goals, I’m thinking home win.

Betis are averaging 1.6 goals per game on home soil, whilst Espanol are 0.9 per game away from home and the home side manage to score in 90% with the away side having a 40% away game clean sheet average.

Consider the following bets:

  • HOME WIN @ 2.18
  • BETIS TO WIN 1-0 @ 7.4
  • BETIS TO WIN 2-0 @ 11
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