Villarreal vs. Real Betis Spanish La Liga Predictions, Picks and Betting Tips 7-1-2020
Villarreal (15-6-11) vs. Real Betis (9-10-13)
Spanish La Liga soccer on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 16:00 ET
Venue: Estadio Benito Villamarín, Sevilla, Spain
The Line: Villarreal +148/ Draw +240/ Real Betis +168; O/U 2.75
TV: CANAL+ Sport 2, Digi Sport 3, Spiler2 TV
Villarreal (WDWWW) and Real Betis (LWLDL) will square off in matchday 33 of the Spanish La Liga Santander on Wednesday, July 1st, 2020, at the Estadio Benito Villamarín in Sevilla.
Villarreal occupies the first Europa League spot with 51 points. The fifth-placed Villarreal are just 3 points behind Sevilla and are looking to snap their final UEFA Champions League spot. In their last time out, Villarreal defeated Valencia to record their 15th win this season and extended their unbeaten run to 5 matches. Villarreal is also coming into the match with 6 draws and 11 losses. In their previous match, Paco Alcacer netted a brilliant shot in the 14th minute. Just before half-time, Gerard Moreno doubled the lead for Villarreal to end the game in a two-goal lead over Valencia. Villarreal recorded 57% ball possession, 4 shots on-goal from 17 goal attempts.
Key players featuring for Villarreal are Gerrard Moreno and Santi Cazorla. Moreno will appear for the 31st time in this game and will be leading the team's forward alongside Paco Alcacer. He has recorded a team highest goal of 13, 4 assists, 65 shots out of which 26 are on-target. Cazorla has recorded the team's highest assists. The Spanish attacking midfielder has recorded 8 goals and 8 assists for Villarreal in 29 appearances. Sergio Asenjo will appear for the 29th time as goalkeeper for Villarreal in this match. Asenjo has allowed 32 goals and an average of 1.14 goals conceded per 90 minutes, 85 saves and 9 clean sheets, which puts him in the 7th position.
In contrast, Real Betis sits at the 13th position of the league table with 37 points. Coming into this match, Real Betis has recorded 9 wins, 10 draws and 13 losses. In their last time out, Real Betis suffered a 4-2 defeat to Levante, recording their 4th winless match since league restart. In the match, Levante secured a double goal lead in the first half of the game and extended their lead in the 50th and 59th minute of the second half, recording four goals lead over Real Betis. However, Sergio Canales netted an accurate strike from a cross in the 70th minute for Betis. In the 87th minute, Juanmi scored a late final consolation goal. Still, Real Betis' disappointing concedes couldn't help them find an easy equalizer.
Key players holding Betis' forward are Nabil Fekir, Borja Iglesias, and Sergio Canales. Nabil is the team's third-highest goalscorer, recording 7 goals and 3 assists in 27 appearances while Canales has 6 goals and 5 assists. Joaquin will be absent due to injury. In front of the net for Real Betis is Joel Robles, who will make his 30th league appearance. Robles has allowed a total of 41 goals and an average of 1.41 goals allowed per 90 minutes. He has also recorded 77 saves and 4 clean sheets, ranked 13th in the league.
Villarreal has won 5 out of 7 previous meetings with Real Betis and is looking to extend their lead into the league's top-four positions. In their last meeting in 2019, Betis suffered a 5-1 humiliating defeat to Villarreal. Real Betis have a good home game record, winning 8 out of 16 home games. In contrast, Villarreal has an impressive away game record, winning 7 out of 16 away games, which puts them in the 6th in La Liga.
Coach: Javier Calleja
Goalkeeper: Sergio Asenjo
Players: Mario Gaspar, Raul Albiol, Pau Francisco Torres, Xavi Quintilla, Samuel Chukwueze, Andre Zambo Anguissa, Vicente de La Fuente Iborra, Santiago Cazorla, Gerard Moreno and Paco Alcácer
Coach: Alexis Trujillo
Goalkeeper: Joel Robles
Players: Zou Feddal, Marc Bartra, Aissa Mandi, Alex Moreno, Andres Guardado, Carles Aleña, Emerson Aparecido, Nabil Fekir, Sergio Canales and Borja Iglesias
Prediction: Take Villarreal +148
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