Real Betis will play host to Villarreal at Estadio Benito Villamarin on Sunday evening for a La Liga matchup. Both Real Betis and Villarreal have aspirations of finishing in the top four in the league this season.
Real Betis is now in fourth place in the standings, having earned nine points during their first four games of the season, while Villarreal is in third place, having accumulated 10 points through their first four contests of the season.
Match Preview: Real Betis vs Villarreal
The Green and Whites have opened their Europa League season with a victory, scoring two unanswered goals against HJK in Helsinki on Thursday evening to move into fourth place in the standings with nine points from four games.
Last season, Manuel Pellegrini’s team ended fifth in La Liga, only five points behind fourth-placed Sevilla, who are off to a terrible start this season.
Real Sociedad will want to be among the league’s elite this season, and the team hopes to make a deep run in the playoffs and into a European playoff spot.
Last year, Real Betis dropped two league matches against Villarreal without scoring a single goal, and they haven’t beaten the Yellow Submarine in front of their home fans since April of this year.
On the other side of Europe, Villarreal kicked up their Europa Conference League campaign with a 4-3 win against Lech Poznan on Thursday night.
Two minutes in, Unai Emery’s squad found itself down 1-0; however, they responded with three straight goals to take a 3-1 lead; Poznan responded to tie the game at 3-3 just beyond the hour mark; nevertheless, La Liga’s Francis Coquelin scored the game-winning goal for his team in the 89th minute.
With 10 points from their first four matches, Villarreal is in third place in La Liga, just two points behind champion and early leader Real Madrid.
Last weekend, Villarreal got back on track in the league with a 4-0 win against Elche thanks to goals from Gerard Moreno, Giovani Lo Celso, Coquelin, and Jose Luis Morales.
Team News: Real Betis vs Villarreal
This Sunday, Real Betis will be missing German Pezzella, Victor Camarasa, and William Carvalho because of injuries and suspension, respectively.
Luis Felipe, Sergio Canales, Andres Guardado, Guido Rodriguez, Rui Silva, Borja Iglesias, Edgar Gonzalez, and Alex Moreno are all likely to return to the starting lineup after missing the European match against HJK.
However, Nabil Fekir will be out with a thigh injury, and the club will need to evaluate Juanmi for an issue he picked up in Europe, so Rodri and Joaquin might potentially make the starting lineup in his absence.
Villarreal will be without Alberto Moreno, who is still recovering from knee surgery, as well as Arnaut Danjuma and Juan Foyth.
Gerard Moreno, Dani Parejo, Kiko Femenia, Yeremi Pino, Lo Celso, Pau Torres, and Etienne Capoue are all expected to make their way back into the lineup after missing Thursday’s opener in Europe.
Both coaches plan to make changes to their starting lineups on Thursday night after returning from European travels, with Geronimo Rulli returning to goalkeeping duties.
- The Likely Real Betis Starting XI: Silva, Ruibal, Felipe, Gonzalez, Moreno, Rodriguez, Guardado, Canales, Joaquin, Rodri, Iglesias.
- Contingency Plan For Villarreal’s Starting Eleven: Rulli, Femenia, Albiol, Torres, Pedraza, Parejo, Lo Celso, Capoue, Morales, G Moreno, Pino.
Our Prediction: Real Betis 1-1 Villarreal
There is not a huge gap in quality between these two teams, but Real Betis might be without many key players this weekend, which could be to Villarreal’s advantage in their matchup. Having said that, we are having trouble distinguishing between the two sides and have been forced to settle for a low-scoring tie as a result.
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