Real Betis vs. Real Sociedad – Estadio Benito Villamarín – Sunday 2nd December – Kick-off 11AM UK time
Mid-week European commitments can sometimes take away from a club’s league form. Real Betis have impressed at times in LaLiga during 2018-19, but it is their Europa League results that need to be duplicated. Unbeaten in their five group-stage fixtures, Los Verdiblancos and manager Quique Setién will host Real Sociedad on Sunday afternoon.
La Real will be looking for their third consecutive league win, having improved their form greatly after a difficult stretch beginning at the end of October. After struggling to find goals in three consecutive LaLiga fixtures, Real Sociedad have netted five in their last two outings.
This match-up will likely come down to the overall consistency of Betis, which has not necessarily been a strength for the team in LaLiga this season. Entering the weekend 14th in the table, Setién has not been able to keep their attacking magic present in every game. However, their recent victory at the Camp Nou against Barcelona may ultimately be a turning point for the campaign.
— Real Sociedad (@RealSociedadEN) November 30, 2018
For Real Sociedad manager Asier Garitano, a win on Sunday could vault his side into the top six. The return of Juanmi up front has been a tremendous boost, along with a switch to a 4-4-2 formation. Juanmi pairs well with fellow forward Willian José, and they have been able to put more pressure on the opposition in the final third.
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— Real Betis Balompié (@RealBetis_en) November 30, 2018
The key absence will be for Betis, as midfielder Sergio Canales will not be available. After an impressive showing in the Europa League on Thursday versus Olympiacos, the 27-year-old is suspended for Sunday’s game due to yellow card accumulation.
Real Betis (3-1-4-2): López; Mandi, Bartra, Feddal; Carvalho; Francis, Lo Celso, Guardado, Firpo; Morón, Joaquín
Real Sociedad (4-4-2): Moyà; Zaldúa, Llorente, Moreno, Hernández; Januzaj, Zubeldia, Zurutuza, Oyarzabal; Juanmi, Willian José
Real Betis 1 – Real Sociedad 1