Real Betis vs Espanyol: A Mission to Avoid Segunda Division
There are eight games left in La Liga and the threat of relegation is more intense. Both are on mission to avoid it. The greater pressure might be on the visitor’s side as they are still stuck at the bottom of the table. However, Joaquin and Co must not lose focus too as they are approaching the red zone with only ten points away from Espanyol. Their negative trend since the restart has been the main concern. Once they slip, they might end up drowning into Segunda division next season.
Real Betis news
The Andalusian side were unluckily to fail in snatching a poin in the previous fixture against Athletic Bilbao. They lost 0-1 with the early goal of Inigo Martinez. Real Betis fought back with at least three great chances, including a penalty by Sergio Canales. Yet, they blew them all, not to mention the impressive form of Bilbao’s goalie, Unai Simon.
Espanyol had a similar disappointing result while meeting Levante last week. Diego Lopez and Co were dismantled 1-3. Levante’s forward who once played for Real Madrid, Borja Mayoral, scored an opener. Yet, David Lopez equalised quickly at the first. Yet, Enis Bardhi could double the visitor’s lead and Adrian Pedrosa’s own goal added up another goal for Levante.
Missing players and probable lineups
The terrible results Real Betis have in the last three games should push Rubi to consider different formation than 4-3-3. The 4-3-2-1 might be worth trying as it could provide the first layer of defence to help the team filter the opponents’ attack. With only Javi Garcia and Joaquin on the injury table, their squad has more than enough to employ such tactic
Real Betis: Joel Robles; Marc Bartra, Aissa Mandi, Emerson, Alex Moreno; Andres Guadrado, Edgar Gonzalez, Carles Alena ; Nabil Fekir, Christian Tello ; Loren Moron.
The former Barcelona man, Abelardo Fernandez has brought a new spirit in Espanyol. His 4-4-2 formation could help his team gain more positive results including holding Barcelona, Sevilla and Atletico Madrid in draw plus a win over Villareal. Yet, Abelardo is likely to be unable to play his best starting IX as some names will be unavailable due to their injury for Sebastian Corchia and Raul de Tomas and because of suspension for Bernardo Espinosa and Leandro Cabrera.
Espanyol: Diego Lopez; David Lopez, Didac Villa, Naldo, Javier Lopez ; Marco Roca, Sergi Darder, Esteban Garnero, Ander Ittaruspe ; Wu Lei, Adrian Embarba.
In the head-to-head encounters, Real Betis has better records in the last six meetings with three wins and three draws. However, considering the host’s negative trend lately, it might change at some point on the pitch.
This is a definite battle for safety. A win will definitely help Nabil Fekir to catch a break from relegation threat while for Espanyol, three points are everything for them to guarantee their future in La Liga next season. Considering Betis’s better squad yet with negative results lately and Diego Lopez’s fighting spirit, a draw seems more plausible for this fixture.
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