Real Betis are keen to bounce back from the humiliating 5-1 defeat against Atletico Madrid, when they welcome relegation candidates Levante to Benito Villamarín on Saturday evening.
Real Betis are positioned 14th in table with 34 points, 6 clear-off the relegation zone. They have failed to win their last three matches and judging by their recent form they carry substantial risk of dropping into the danger zone.
Levante are bottom of the league table and need 4 points to stay out of the relegation zone. There are slight improvements in their performance lately as they managed to take 5 points from their last 4 matches. And with a number of teams above them going through a barren run in form, they still have a good chance to save their season.
Real Betis are on a losing streak in Spanish La Liga, before staying unbeaten in 6 previous matches. They have conceded a massive 9 goals from their last three and managed to score just 2.
Betis are a bit better at home and their form in the last 6 matches read 2 wins, 3 draws and a loss.
Levante lost once in their last 4 matches, but lost 5 of their previous 6. Their away is still terrible as they managed just 1 win from their 15 matches this season and lost in 7 of their last 8 matches on the road.
Real Betis: Team News
Italian striker Cristiano Piccini is sidelined through injury and other than this Betis head-coach Juan Merino has no other players missing.
Juan Vargas is a minor doubt after struggling for fitness, but is expected to make the team-sheet on time.
Real Betis: Expected Starting Line-up (4-4-2)
Adan – Vargas, Gonzalez, Westermann, Vargas – Musonda, N’Diaye, Ceballos, Kadir – Castro, Damiao.
Levante: Team News
Ivan Lopez and Tono will miss the trip to Seville through respective injuries. While Zouhair Feddal and Verza are suspended.
Simao Mate returns to the squad after serving his ban, while left-back Juanfran is pushing for a start after recovering from a knock.
Levante: Expected Starting Line-up (4-4-2)
Marino – Lerma, Navarro, Medjani, Juanfran – Verdu, Camarasa, Mate, Morales – Rossi, Deyverson
Real Betis vs Levante: Head-to-Head
- Betis are unbeaten in their last 5 matches against Levante.
- Levante last win against Real Betis was at home in the 2011/12 season. And they have also won against Betis in the reverse fixture of the same season at Benito Villamarín, 5 months earlier.
- Betis are unbeaten in their last two home matches against Levante, with the latest being a 0-0 draw.
Real Betis vs Levante: Prediction
Real Betis have tasted defeat in their last three matches and there is no better opponent than Levante to put an end to the bad streak. The Valencia based side haven’t won an away game in 10 outing and lost 8 of them.
Real Betis are favourites here and its upto Juan Merino to raise his troops and grab vital three points to prevent a slip into the relegation zone. Both teams have problems in scoring goals lately and this is likely to remain a low-scoring affair.
Recommended Bet: Double Chance – Draw or Levante @ 1.65