Real Betis vs Villarreal: Preview, Team News, Likely Lineups, And Prediction
The last time Real Betis beat Villarreal was in September of 2013, when they defeated the Andalusians 1-0.
Mid-table side, Real Betis, will be looking to end their two-game losing streak, when they host Villarreal this Saturday, in the La Liga Santander.
The green and Whites have failed to win any of their last six La Liga game against Villarreal having drawn three and lost three games in the process. Real Betis lost 3-2 against Celta Vigo on Monday, in their last league game. Celta Vigo’s Iago Aspas scored a brace in the game.
This was the third loss in the last five league games for Quique Stien’s side, 0-5 defeat against Barcelona and the 0-2 defeat against Athletic Bilbao earlier in the run.
Meanwhile, Villarreal won 4-2 at home against Real Sociedad in the league last Saturday. This was their third consecutive win in the league. In fact, Javi Calleja’s side have won five of their last six games in the La Liga. They have let in just four goals in the process, having scored ten goals themselves.
Betis are currently 13th in the La Liga table, having managed 27 points from 21 games played this season.
Los Verdiblancos have won eight games in the league so far, which is the most among the teams who are currently in the bottom half of the table. They have drawn three games in the league. Only two other teams have drawn fewer games in the Spanish top division.
The away side on Saturday, Villarreal, are currently fifth in the league table. They have managed 37 points in the league so far, which is just a point less than what Real Madrid have managed.
Madrid are currently just a place and point above Jave Calleja’s side having played a game fewer. Same time last season, the El Submarino Amarillos were just a place and a couple of points below compared to now.
Villarreal have failed to score in just one of their last 13 away games against Real Betis in the La Liga. Calleja’s side are currently on their best unbeaten run in the league under the new manager, having won five and drawn one among the last six games.
The side have scored at least once in 14 of their 15 matches in the league under Javi Calleja, only failing to score in a 0-2 loss at home against Barcelona.
Betis have won only one of their last six league games at home having drawn two and lost three. The Green and Whites have failed to score in three of those six games. Meanwhile, Villarreal have won all of their last three away games in the league.
The last time Villarreal won four consecutive away games in the La Liga was in 2008 when Manuel Pellegrini was the manager of the club.
Real Betis have scored 10 headed goals in the league so far. No team has scored more goals in the Spanish top division this season.
Antonio Sanabria has been out since the first week of December due to a meniscus injury. The Paraguayan is expected to be back in March.
Long-term absentee Joel Campbell has been out for almost three months. The winger is expected to return in a couple of weeks.
Former Barcelona player Marc Batra is doubtful for this game.
Leonardo Suarez is out for the season. Andres Fernandez is expected to be back in the final week of February. Alvaro Gonzalez is carrying a hamstring injury. He is a doubt for Saturday.
Ruben Semedo has been out with a thigh injury. He is expected to be back in March. Nicola Sansone is out due to a calf injury.
Real Betis vs Villarreal Lineup (Probable XI)
Real Betis Lineup (4-1-4-1)
Defense: Guerrero (RB), Feddal (RCB), Mandi (LCB), Durmisi (LB)
Midfield: Garcia (CDM), Joaquin (RM), Tello (LM), Fabian (RCM), Guardado (LCM)
Attack: Leon (ST)
Villarreal Lineup (4-4-2)
Defense: Gaspar (RB), Bonera (RCB), Ruiz (LCB), Costa (LB)
Midfield: Castillejo (RM), Hernandez (RCM), Trigueros (LCM), Fornals (LM)
Attack: Bacca (RS), Unal (LS)
Real Betis vs Villarreal Prediction
In previous nine meetings in the league between these two teams, the Los Verdiblancos have won just two while Villarreal have managed four wins. The reverse fixture earlier this season was a 3-1 win for Villarreal.
Real Betis have been less than impressive in recent games in the league. Meanwhile, Villarreal have been in sensational form of late.
Our prediction is a 1-3 away win for Villarreal this weekend.