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A tactical explanation of Quique Setien’s Real Betis

Real Betis have been one of the most entertaining sides in not only Spain, but across Europe this season. What has made them so intriguing and desirable to watch orientates around the tactics used by manager Quique Setien. The Spanish coach was in charge of Las Palmas last season and made them equally entertaining. The use of the 4-3-3 system set the islanders up to play an attacking, ball retaining style with little focus on defending. This format has been transferred to the Andalucian outfit this season also. Last season,…

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Celta Vigo 3-2 Real Betis: Aspas brace takes Celta to seventh

Monday night’s football was expected to showcase a number of goals and fans were not disappointed on that front. Celta Vigo and Real Betis shared five goals in a game where Betis started and finished strongest, but saw the home side dominate the remainder. Celta Vigo’s organisation in midfield was particularly pleasing with Pione Sisto playing as a wide midfielder. Iago Aspas was man of the match and grabbed two goals to bring him up to 14 goals in La Liga. The opening period saw Betis display their quality in…

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Real Betis midfielder Camarasa linked to Brighton

Reports in Spain claim Real Betis midfielder Victor Camarasa is in ‘advanced talks’ with English club Brighton and Hove Albion. Having only joined the Andalucian club during the summer, it would be surprising to see the midfielder leave in January. After a terrific spell with Alaves on loan last season, Betis bought the midfielder from Levante for €7 million. According to a report by ABC de Sevilla, the Spaniard is believed to be close to agreeing a move to the Premier League side for €10 million. Camarasa has started 11 of the 20 La…

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Celta Vigo entertain Real Betis in potential European decider

Celta Vigo vs Real Betis On Monday night, Celta Vigo and Real Betis will go head-to-head in what should be a cracking game in front of an expected 30,000 at Balaidos. Celta currently sit eight in the table and Betis in 13th. With only one point the difference between the two sides and European deams in sight for both clubs, they will be all out to grab three points. A win for either side will see them move into seventh place in La Liga. Looking at the recent form of…

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Bilbao want Inigo Martinez to replace Aymeric Laporte

With Aymeric Laporte’s move to Manchester City imminent, a decent replacement is sought for Athletic Club. Due to the club’s strict policy of only signing Basque players, this process is made more difficult. Inigo Martinez of Real Sociedad has been touted by Marca as a potential replacement for Laporte. A €65 million release clause is included in Laporte’s contract. Should Man City trigger this, it will leave Athletic Club with ample funds to spend. The San Mames side are believed to be putting €32 million of this aside for Martinez….

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Nicolas Gaitan set to leave Atletico Madrid but where

The end of the January transfer market is less than a week away. Managers are now reaching the stage of mid-season panic where they assess whether their squad is good enough to win the league, qualify for Europe or avoid relegation. There are also some clubs looking to offload some ‘deadwood’ and disruptive figures within their squads. Nicolas Gaitan of Atletico Madrid is seen as one of these ‘deadwood’ players. Having brought in Vitolo from Sevilla during the summer, Atleti now need to trim their squad of some wingers. Nico…

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Gossip La Liga 

West Ham manager dismisses Real Betis’ Fabian

West Ham United manager David Moyes ahead of his side’s FA Cup fourth round game against Wigan Athletic, was questioned on his supposed interest in Real Betis midfielder Fabian Ruiz. During the pre-match press conference, the former Real Sociedad manager’s response to such questions were posted on the club’s official website. With Joao Mario only after arriving from Inter Milan, any move for another central midfielder would seem unlikely. Moyes himself hinted to a lack of depth and balance shortly after taking the hotseat in London. As a result, West…

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Real Betis close to sealing Miguel Layun deal

As reported by both  ABC de Sevilla and Cadena Ser, Real Betis have made significant moves to sign Miguel Layun. The Mexican international is currently playing with Porto in Liga NOS. Reports say the deal may be completed this week. Liverpool seemingly having an agreement in place with Real Betis’ current left back Riza Durmisi. Should that move come to pass, Betis would be looking for an adequate replacement. With Alin Tosca not being of the required standard, a move for Layun makes sense for Betis. The 29 year old has…

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Real Betis 0-5 Barcelona: Messi reigns supreme in masterclass

After Real Madrid’s convincing 7-1 win over Deportivo la Coruna, it was table toppers Barcelona’s turn. Even though Real Betis were in a close contest for the first 60 minutes of the game, Barcelona’s quality pulled them away from their hosts thereafter. Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez were on song as they both grabbed two goals each, supplemented by an Ivan Rakitic breakaway goal. With an attendance of over 53,000, the Benito Villamarin was in full voice once again on Sunday evening. The home stadium for Real Betis has been…

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Real Madrid centre back Vallejo out for two months

As confirmed by both Marca and Real Madrid’s official website; Los Blancos centre back Jesus Vallejo looks set to spend another spell on the sidelines. The club have confirmed on Saturday following a scan that the Spain under-21 star has a hamstring issue. Having been forced to come off in Thursday’s 1-0 win over Leganes in the Copa del Rey, Real Madrid were left with only Nacho and Varane as their only fit centre backs available to play against Deportivo. Captain Sergio Ramos is also currently out of action due to injury….

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