Preview - Real Betis vs Las Palmas 20 April 2018

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Match Day 33
Real Betis vs Las Palmas
Friday, April 19th, 2018
04:30 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Benito Villamarín

Real Betis:  
Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match: 1.66
Average goals against per match: 1.66
Top Scorer: Sergio León (11)

Las Palmas:
Last five matches form: L D L L L
Average goals per match: 0.69
Average goals against per match: 2.00
Top Scorer: Jonathan Calleri (7)

Plenty riding on this clash at the Benito Villamarín as Real Betis welcome Las Palmas to town.

Having worked so hard to make their way into the Europa League spots, Real Betis will be keen to avoid any slip ups here in order to maintain their grip on fifth spot, particularly as city rivals Sevilla are the only side who can realistically deny them European football next term. There are a couple of key absentees for the home side though in the form of regular goalkeeper Antonio Adan who is out through injury and suspended central midfielder Javi Garcia.

For Las Palmas the end appears to be nigh. 10 points adrift of safety with just six games to play, they probably need to win every match if they are to stay up, or certainly five from six. For a side who have only won five games all season that looks an all but impossible task. They also have a few injuries to contend with here, with left sided midfielder Momo looking like the most significant absentee.

Miles better than Las Palmas when it comes to league position, Betis are also the clear pick when it comes to current form. Having won their last five in La Liga by an aggregate score of 10-1 Quique Setién's men are flying at present and should see off todays visitors without too much fuss.

Prediction: Real Betis 3 - 1 Las Palmas


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots: 17 - 1
Shots on target: 8 - 0
Corner Kicks: 6 - 3
Possession: 57% - 43%

Something of a card frenzy from referee Jose Sanchez here. Sergio Leon, Aissa Mandi and Junior Firpo seeing yellow for Real Betis, with Las Palmas having Jonathan Calleri, Nacho Gil and Ximo Navarro booked, in addition to Michel being sent off for two caution-able offences in the 86th minute.

An inept display from an increasingly inept side as Las Palmas never once looked like winning this game, which considering the desperate position they are in is a sad state of affair. A grand total of zero shots on target, and just the one effort on goal of any description was never likely to get the job done, and whilst they did come mightily close to stealing a point, they ultimately got what they deserved.

The home side dominated possession and chances here as Las Palmas seemed content to park the bus at times. Very little in the way of clear cut opportunities in the opening period. 0-0 at half-time.

The visitors remained solid throughout the second half, showing far greater resolve than has been in evidence at times this season. They couldnt quite make it the final whistle without conceding though.

Antonio Barragan's cross from the right finding the head of Junior Firpo to powerfully nod home into the bottom corner.

13 points adrift of safety with five games to play, it will be officially all over soon for this Las Palmas side who have quite simply been way out of their depth this season.

Another win for Betis as their hot-streak continues. That's six wins on the spin in La Liga now for Quique Setién's men as they remain fifth and now seven points clear of seventh placed Sevilla in the race for the Europa League.

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