José Luis Mendilibar’s Eibar head to Seville to take on an in form Real Betis side, knowing a win would see them climb into the top half of La Liga.
Real Betis vs Eibar – Estadio Benito Villamarin – Saturday 22nd December – Kick off 12pm UK time
Los Armeros have drawn their last three games in La Liga but remain among a cluster of teams tightly grouped in midtable ahead of their clash with a Betis side who have lost just once since the start of November, 2-1 away at Villarreal.
The Seville club have also been in European action, which Eibar will hope to use to their advantage, with their players fresher after less midweek action.
Last year’s meeting at the Villamarin ended in a comfortable 2-0 home win for Betis but they were comprehensively beaten in the Basque country with Eibar hammering them by five goals to nil.
Junior Firpo is out for the hosts with a torn hamstring and he joins Andres Guardado on the sidelines for Saturday’s game but otherwise, Quique Setien has a fully fit squad to choose from.
For Eibar, Marko Dmitrovic and Pedro Leon remain sidelined through injury. Jordi Calavera doesn’t make the squad and will sit alongside the injured duo in the stands.
Real Betis (3-4-2-1): Lopez; Mandi, Bartra, Sidnei; Fracis, Lo Celso, Carvalho, Tello; Joaquin, Canales; Loren
Eibar (4-4-2): Riesgo; Pena, Oliveira, Ramis, Angel; Orellana, Diop, Jordan, Cucurella; Charles, Enrich
Real Betis 2-1 Eibar