In losing game of the season last time out for Real Betis, they will be looking to bounce back with a win. The 6-3 loss to Valencia saw a record nine goals scored at Benito Villamarín for the first time in La Liga history. The Andalusian side have been playing great football all season under Quique Setien beating Real Madrid along the way. They currently stand ninth in the table with 13 points.
The visitors Deportivo Alaves are not doing so well at the moment. They have lost seven of their last eight La Liga games. A big contributing factor in them losing has been their failure in front of goal. They have failed to score in six of their eight games so far this season. Remarkably, they managed to score one of their three goals against Real Madrid. Currently sitting in 19th position with only Malaga having accumulated fewer points than Alaves three.
Betis do have the joint second worst defence in the league thus far and Alaves will be looking to exploit this. They would need to take a lot more shots in order to do so however. Last year’s Copa Del Ray finalists have attempted the fewest shots on target in La Liga this season with 21.
The home side will certainly be looking to continue their run of form. Having scored three or more goals in their last three matches, their pose a serious attacking threat. Despite their clear defensive frailties, Betis are dangerous opponents. Their games against Real Sociedad and Valencia are proof they are carefree about defending but are confident in winning all the same.
Regarding their defensive frailties, Quique Setien shared his thoughts on the matter during Friday’s press conference: “We have to adjust more … it may appear we have conceded a lot, but I think we have enough solvency. Of those goals that we conceded, there are missed blockages and perhaps [the goals] should not have jumped on the scoreboard”
Under Quique Setien, Antonio Sanabria’s confidence is at an all-time high. He has hit the back of the net five times already this season in La Liga. On top of this, he has been in great form for Paraguay, rescuing a win against Colombia during the break. With Betis scoring an average of 2.75 goals per game at home this season, you can expect a few today.
For Alaves, their lack of attacking threat will be a big concern for them all season. Having lost vital players from last season during the summer, they were not replaced adequately. Munir was expected to take the load up front this season but has only managed one goal so far. Alaves are down in confidence also. Having unexpectedly beaten Levante before the break, they returned to losing ways by falling 2-0 to Segunda B side Badajoz in a friendly. They followed this up by losing 2-0 to Real Sociedad also
Alavez manager Gianni De Biassi gave clear indication to his side’s lack of goalscoring so far this season in Friday’s press conference: “We have to have more peace of mind when we have chances because the differences are small”. The Italian, also claimed his Alaves side will seek to harm Betis via “the counterattack because the team has the quality to do that.”
Real Betis are expected to be without the injured Riza Durmisi for three weeks and Zou Feddal is also a doubt for the game. There are also question marks on whether Javi Garcia will return to offer defensive stability to midfield.
For visiting Alaves, they will be without Ibai Gomez who has been confirmed out with a knee injury. Christian Santos, Hector Hernandez and Victor Laguardia will also not feature.
Expected line ups
Real Betis: Adan; Barragan, Mandi, Amat, Tosca; Guardado, Camarasa, Fabian; Sergio Leon, Joaquin, Sanabria
Alaves: Pacheco; Alexis, Ely, Maripan, Duarte; Torres, Manu Garcia, Medran; Katai, Pedraza, Munir