There were first points of the season for both Alaves and Real Betis but it was clear which of the two sides would be happier to depart without a win, particularly given that Quique Setien’s newly put together team of titans yet again dominated possession.
Against Levante, the Andalusians dominated the possession and the chances and it was the case again on matchday two as this time they denied their counterparts even a single shot on target, but just couldn’t convert their efforts into goals.
Alaves worked hard throughout and refused to give in, providing a scrappy encounter at times, with Junior and Guerrero having the best opportunities for Betis though even then a goal looked unlikely.
Setien made changes to his team, bringing in Takashi Inui to start, but it did not provide the creativity needed. Alaves’ defensive strength saw them look comfortable throughout, frustrating their opponents until the very final whistle
Alaves: Pacheco; Aguirregabiria, Laguardia, Maripan, Duarte; Gomez, Wakaso, Garcia, Jony (Twumasi, 87); Sobrino (Burgui, 73), Baston (Guidetti, 64). Unused subs: Sivera, Navarro, Marian, Torres.
Real Betis: Lopez; Mandi, Bartra, Feddal; Guerrero (Tello, 76), Carvalho (Boudebouz, 83), Guardado, Junior; Canales, Inui (Sanabria, 61), Moron. Unused subs: Robles, Sidnei, Barragan, Brasanac.
Referee: Pablo Gonzales Fuertes (Yellow cards: Bartra (23), Wakaso (40), Garcia (47), Aguirregabiria (70)).
Stadium: Estadio de Mendizorroza