Real Betis vs Real Sociedad
Spain – Copa del Rey.
Date: Thursday, 10th January 2019.
Kick-Off at 19:30 UK/ 20:30 CET
Venue: Estadio Benito Villamarín (Sevilla).
Betis will be aiming to keep their title hopes alive as they host Sociedad in the first leg of round of 16 battle in the Copa del Rey.
The hosts are having a better league season compared to their rivals for Thursday. But the last game saw them lose to Huesca which was a total surprise. This defeat saw the end of a 7-match unbeaten run in all competitions.
Another 7-game unbeaten run is going on for them in front of their own fans. This great run of form includes 4 wins in a row. Fewer than 2.5 goals were scored in 5 of the last 6 matches at home. So, we may be seeing yet another low scoring game against the Royal.
The Greens had a comparatively easy last round, winning both legs against Santander with clean sheets. The 5 goals they scored in both legs shows their strength in attacking and will pose a problem for Sociedad.
Things are completely different for the visitors. After a 3-match losing run in the league, they managed to beat Spanish giants 0-2 in an away fixture. Including this game 4 recent matches had a score with fewer than 2.5 goals at the finals whistle.
But still away record of the team from San Sebastian is unconvincing in many ways. With only 2 wins in their last 5 matches on the road they will have a tough night against the hosts Betis. They also don’t have a clean sheet in 4 of those 5 games.
The Royal had a scare in the last round of the Copa del Rey against Celta Vigo. They managed to settle for a 1-1 draw in the first leg but later went on to qualify thanks to a 2-goal win in the return fixture.
Real Betis vs Real Sociedad: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Sociedad has 2 wins and a loss against this opposition in their last 5 meetings.
- Less than 2.5 goals were scored in total on 4 of their last 7 h2h matches.
- Both sides have won 2 games each from the previous 5 h2h matches played at the home of the Big Greens.
- Under 2.5 goals came in 4 of those 5 matches held at this venue.
- The most common score in those 5 matches was 1-0 which was the result of 3 matches.
Real Betis vs Real Sociedad: Prediction
Betis are a hard team to beat in front of the home fans. They are yet to lose a match here since October 2018. So simply based on the home form I would bet on Real Betis to win this game with a modest 1.90 odds.
Th hosts managed to keep a clean sheet in both their matches in the Cup this year. They also did it against Sociedad in their last visit here. In 4 of the last 5 home games of the Greens a clean sheet was awarded for the hosts. So, we can surely bet on Betis to keep a clean sheet with 2.38 odds.
Real Betis vs Real Sociedad: Betting Tips
A win for the home side @ 1.90 (9/10).
Clean sheet for Betis @ 2.38 (11/8).