Real Sociedad vs Real Betis
Spain – Copa del Rey
Date: Thursday, 17th January 2019
Kick-off at 18.30 UK/ 19.30 CET
Venue: Estadio Anoeta (San Sebastian).
The famed Anoeta welcomes one of the most exciting teams in Europe right now, for the second leg of the Round of 16, Copa del Rey.
Quique Setien’s men have branded themselves as masters of entertaining football, and have slowly garnered a bunch of fans. Just last day, their match against Real Madrid, saw the Whites holding the ball for just 26% of the time. Just imagine, a team with Luka Modric – the current Ballon d’Or holder, the man who put an end to the duopoly of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, having possession of a mere 26%. That’s who Real Betis is.
La Real has a very good record at home, and it always has been their trump card. Neutral Spanish football fans will be monitoring this game to see how El Glorioso would be dealing with this particular challenge.
Real Sociedad vs Real Betis Head-to-head (h2h)
- Imanol Alguacil’s men have failed to score in their last three appearances against this opponent.
- Five of the last six h2h ties at this venue saw both teams on the scoresheet.
- The last three games between these sides had just one goal in grand total.
- The highest-scoring match that involved these groups was a 4-4 draw at the Anoeta, in 2017.
Real Sociedad vs Real Betis Prediction
It’s true that the Anoeta is the stronghold of Erreala. But Beticos, the team that inflicted Barcelona with one of their heaviest defeats in recent history, at the Camp Nou nonetheless, will find a way somehow to overcome this challenge.
The Whites and Blues will come up with their usual defensive strategies, and in turn, the match will be low-key in terms of goals. But the visitors should turn up the heat with their intricate passing and incessant attacking.
The last three matches in a row, between these teams, were extremely low goal-scoring affairs. To be precise, the three games had a combined scoreline of 1-0 in favor of Betis. Expect under 2.5 goals in this tie too.
It will take some time for the visitors to break down the determined defense of Imanol Alguacil’s men. But at one point or the other, the non-stop attacking threat should be fruitful.
Once the goal comes for the visitors, they will take the foot off the gas, avoiding a chance to concede and jeopardize their hard work. They will try to finish off the game by passing the ball around, and attacking only when there’s a clear opportunity. Keeping in trend with La Real’s home games, such opportunities might be rare. Expect a 0-1 scoreline in favor of the guests.
Real Sociedad vs Real Betis Betting Tips
Under 2.5 Match Goals @ 1.60 (3/5)
Correct Score: 0-1, Real Betis @ 9.00 (8/1).