Real Betis vs Malaga
Spanish La Liga 2016/17
Date: Friday, 23 September 2016
Kick-Off: 19:45 UK
Venue: Estadio Benito Villamarin, Sevilla.
Gus Poyet managed Real Betis has started this season in unconvincing fashion. The 1-0 narrow loss to Sevilla in the local on Tuesday evening was not something to surprise. But they have a lot of catching up to do as they are left with 1 win from their 5 matches so far. And with 5 points altogether they are agonizingly close to the relegation zone.
While Malaga got their first win of the season as they muscled past a stubborn Eibar on Tuesday night in front of their home fans. They lost the previous two and drawn the other two and are level on points with Betis. Despite the win, their problems are pretty similar to their Friday’s host. Both teams have overseen a change of management this summer and are still adjusting to the new principles.
Real Betis vs Malaga: Head-to-Head Stats
Malaga earned a narrow 1-0 win when they visited Betis for the Spanish League fixture on March 2016. While Betis won the reverse fixture by the same margin on November 2015.
Malaga have won in three of the last 4 league meetings with Betis, with a lone defeat which came in last season.
Betis have lost back to back home games against Malaga and managed just 1 win from their 7, drawing and losing 3 each.
Real Betis vs Malaga: Prediction
The tightly scheduled fixtures could have an adverse effect of player’s fitness. Especially for Betis after a high intensity derby match against Sevilla in the middle of the week. They haven’t done well at home in over a dozen home fixtures against their Friday’s opponents Malaga and this could be another tough test for Guy Poyet and his men.
Malaga’s away form in the league last season is nothing spectacular. But their new manager Juande Ramos has plenty of experience in these kind of situations. The mid-week victory over Eibar could certainly do wonders on the player’s confidence. For me they look good for another win and lay a good platform for the rest of the season.
I will also leave you with my correct score prediction of a 2-1 win in favour of Malaga at the odds of 11/1 (12.00).
Real Betis vs Malaga: Bet Tips
Both Teams to Score and Malaga to win at 6.00 (5/1)
Malaga to win at 3.10 (21/10)
Over 2.5 goals at 2.10 (11/10).
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