Predictions Real Betis vs Espanyol, H2H and match preview for this Thursday’s game in La Liga. Read on for predicted lineups and analysis as the hosts play their first game since they brought Ruby out.
Real Betis vs Espanyol Preview
This should have been Rubi’s derby, but Real Betis fired their boss after the loss at San Mamés over the weekend, denying him the opportunity to take the side he left last summer. In truth, neither Betis nor the Spanish benefit much from their decision to change Catalonia to Seville and the same could be said of Borja Iglesias, who went in the same direction but who fought for goals at Benito Villamarín, who had a shot Espanyol to Europe the last period.
Heading into the restart, Betis had a team that didn’t have much to get excited about, but was in no danger of falling. Three games in a row and with just one more dot on the board, the alarm bells aren’t exactly ringing, but the defeat here exactly would leave them glancing over their shoulder at the drop scrap. Alexis Trujillo will take over the side here and his previous spell as interim boss conducted two draws in May 2017 when he replaced Víctor Sánchez.
As for Spanish, they have already hired and fired two coaches since Rubi left with Abelardo, the last man at the helm. He sees himself as the right man for the job, but it is feared that the task of saving the Spaniard this season is too great even for him. A damaging 3-1 loss at home against Levante last time leaves them leaning back at the table and with Barcelona and Real Madrid to face in the next fortnight, a positive result is crucial here.
With a new coach in charge and such poor recent results, it’s hard to know how Betis will line up here with a host of players struggling for form. At least they will be driven by the news that two of Spanish’s first-choice defenders are banned with Bernardo Espinosa and Leandro Cabrera marginalized by him.
Real Betis vs Espanyol Predictions:
Score prediction: 2-2 draw
There’s no shortage of talent on this side of Betis, but I just haven’t really clicked through the season with Rubi struggling to get his ideas across. With an interim boss in place of a new permanent charge boss, it’s not like players are actually playing for spots for next season and that offers a glimmer of hope for a team from the Spaniard that will be affected by those defensive suspensions. While both sides have their issues, there is a quality of attack on both teams and we could still see a decent game and a draw on the scoreboard seems like a likely outcome.
Real Betis vs Espanyol H2H
: Last 6 competitive matches: 3 wins at Betis, 3 draws.
: The teams drew 2-2 at the RCDE stadium earlier this period.
: The last 5 meetings have seen both teams score.
: The Spanish conceded 3 goals in defeats in this field on 2 separate occasions last season in league and cup.
Planned ascent line:
Betis team:
Joel – Moreno, Bartra, Mandi, Emerson – Canales, Carvalho, Guardado – Tello, Loren, Fekir (4-3-3)
Espanyol team:
López – Vila, Calero, Naldo, López – Embarba, Roca, Sánchez, Darder – Calleri, De Tomas (4-4-2)

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