Both teams will be fired up for this encounter being fully aware of the importance of the 3 points.
As of late striker Javi Guerra has been scoring goals on a conveyor belt for Valladolid. With 6 goals in last 3 games there’s nothing stopping him, not even a small winter break.
Midfielder Ebert is out injured for hosts. He is more active on the wing and this means fullback Rukavina could be more offensive than usual, leaving many open spaces.
Even if the results aren’t showing it, Betis seemed more confident and vivacious just before the winter break. For example, last round against Almeria Betis clearly dominated from all points of view. But in-spite having 12 shots on target and 60% possession they ended up losing the game. Forwards couldn’t score despite doing their job, and only bad luck prevented Betis from netting at least once (even hit the crossbar).
Betis play a classic 4-4-2, with only 1 midfielder giving a helping hand to defenders. Contrary to what officials at Betis may think (they will transfer in striker Baptistao from Atletico) the problem at the club is the defensive fragility.
In this 2nd part of the season Betis should be Primera’s main contenders for overish games (except Real and Barca of course), especially when up against motivated teams with in-form attackers.
Over 2.5 goals at 5/6 from Paddy Power is a must bet.
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