The Yellow Submarine is looking to break into the top 3 in LaLiga with three points at Estadio Benito Villamarín, so check out what we prepared in our Betis vs Villarreal Preview.
Betis Recent Form & Team News
Real Betis remain the only side in LaLiga yet to draw a game (W5, L7), and their matches have averaged 3.08 total goals per-match so far – well above the league average of 2.37. The opener will be crucial in any case, as the scorer of the first goal in each of Betis’ league games so far has gone on to win the game.
Home advantage has proven non-existent to Betis of late, as five defeats across the last eight LL rounds here (W3) is as many as they recorded in 20 home league games prior. Betis subsequently enter this clash as outsiders, and the starting favorite has won ten (L2) of their 12 league games, whilst they are yet to win as home outsiders.
Player to watch: Betis’ Borja Iglesias scored his first LL goal since January last time out, ending his longest ever goal drought in the league (24 games).
Manuel Pellegrini will be without Victor Camarasa (knee) and Sergio Canales (muscle). Sidnei is questionable to play with a muscle injury.
Villarreal Recent Form & Team News
Villarreal will come into this fresher than anticipated, as their midweek outing vs. Qarabag was postponed. They find themselves in excellent form, looking to extend a current 14-game unbeaten run in all competitions (W8, D6). They could do exactly that, given their recent record vs Andulusian-based opposition across the last 12 LaLiga games reads: W6, D5, L1.
In terms of excitement, games often fade over time when Villarreal play away, as all but one overall goal scored in these games has come before HT (1.8 first-half goals per-match on average) whilst they are yet to concede beyond the interval. Consequently, the FT result has mirrored that of HT in each of Villarreal’s LL away games.
Player to watch: Gerard Moreno has scored in three of Villarreal’s last four league games, twice being the final goalscorer.
Hot stat: Villarreal manager Unai Emery has just a 28.57% win-rate across 14 prior meetings with opposite number Manuel Pellegrini (W4, D3, L7).
Unai Emery cannot count on Paco Alcacer (muscle), Carlos Bacca (muscle), Moi Gomez (muscle), and Alberto Moreno (knee).
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