The team managed by Manuel Pellegrini is now sitting in third place in the La Liga standings, three points behind the leaders Real Madrid. Meanwhile, Girona is in eighth place in the table after collecting seven points during their first five matches.
Match Preview: Real Betis vs Girona
Real Betis has won four of its five La Liga matches this season to gain 12 points and place third, three points behind Real Madrid. The Green and Whites won their first three games in 2022-23 before losing to Real Madrid 2-1 in September.
Rodri’s second-half strike helped Pellegrini’s squad overcome Villarreal 1-0 in front of their home fans. Real Betis has made a flawless start to the 2022-23 Europa League season, defeating HJK 2-0 and Ludogorets 3-2 to gain six points and lead Group C.
They are in a great position to reach the knockout phase. El Glorioso finished fifth in La Liga last season, five points behind Sevilla. They might challenge for a top-four slot this season.
Girona returned to La Liga through last season’s Segunda Division playoffs after being demoted in 2018-19. The White and Reds have won two, drawn one, and lost two of their first five matches to earn seven points and eighth place in the league.
Girona has begun the season with a 1-0 defeat at Valencia before overcoming Getafe 3-1; Michel’s team then lost at home to Celta Vigo, but they’ve picked up four points from their past two matches, drawing at Mallorca and beating Real Valladolid 2-1.
Oriol Romeu’s late goal against Real Valladolid on September 9 gave the promoted team 10 points before the international break. Girona has lost three straight La Liga meetings against Real Betis, including 3-2 in 2018-19.
Team News: Real Betis vs Girona
Nabil Fekir, Juanmi, Youssouf Sabaly, and Victor Ruiz are all questionable to play for Real Betis at home, while Victor Camarasa (also injured) will be out for the hosts once again.
Several starters from Thursday night’s Europa League match will be replaced, with Guido Rodriguez, William Carvalho, Rodri, German Pezzella, Rui Silva, and Borja Iglesias among those expected to return.
For the Green and Whites, Aitor Ruibal may stay at right back, while Luiz Henrique and Sergio Canales should keep their starting positions in the final third.
Ivan Martin, Yangel Herrera, and Oscar Urena are probable starters, while Borja Garcia, Cristhian Stuani, and Ibrahima Kebe are ruled out.
However, the same starting lineup that played at the opening whistle last time out should be used by the visitors this time around as they have no new injury worries from that group.
Real Madrid loanee Reinier scored a goal against Real Valladolid and will likely keep his starting spot in the attacking third with Rodrigo Riquelme and Valentin Castellanos.
- Potential Opening Day Lineup for Real Betis: Silva, Ruibal, Felipe, Pezzella, Moreno, Rodriguez, Carvalho, Henrique, Canales, Rodri, Iglesias.
- Girona’s Potential Starting XI: Martin, Espinosa, Juanpe, Bueno, Martinez, Garcia, Romeu, Gutierrez, Reinier, Castellanos, Riquelme.
Our Prediction: Real Betis 2-0 Girona
Real Betis are one of the best teams in Spain right now, and we have a hard time seeing anything other than a home victory here. Pellegrini’s side is looking to move onto 15 points after six matches.
That would also represent an excellent start to the season for them. Girona can always be pleased with their run of fixtures, but Real Betis is regarded as one of the strongest teams in Spain right now.
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