Preview - Real Betis vs Leganés 01 October 18

Started by Harry85, Sep 30, 2018, 01:57 AM

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Match Day 7
Real Betis vs Leganes
Monday, October 1st, 2018
03:45am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Benito Villamarín

Real Betis:   
Last five matches form: D W D D W
Average goals per match: 0.67
Average goals against per match: 0.83
Top Scorer: Four players on one goal

Last five matches form: D L L L W
Average goals per match: 1.00
Average goals against per match: 1.83
Top Scorer: Nabil El Zhar (3)

Leganés had largely struggled in failing to win any of their first five games in La Liga - losing four - and then last week they beat defending champions Barcelona. Go figure. Clearly that result can't have done their confidence any harm at all and fans will be hoping the players can use it as a springboard from which to kick start their season. Next up its another tough one on paper as they travel to take on Real Betis.

Betis began the season in disappointing style when slumping to defeat at home to Levante, but have rebounded pretty well since with three draws and two wins in their subsequent five games. A lack of goals would be something of a concern for a side wo can play some lovely attacking football at times, but on the flipside,  they have looked very solid at the back.

These sides treat us to two five goal thrillers last season. Leganés winning this game 3-2 and Betis returning the favour when winning by the same score line at home.

Real Betis have a fully fit squad from which to select here. Leganés must do without Alexander Szymanowski.

Leganés pulled off an excellent result when beating Barcelona. The current Barca side will always give team's chances though and they are unlikely to find this stingy looking Betis side in the same mood. With home advantage in their favour, it's Betis by a couple for us here.

Prediction: Real Betis 2 - 0 Leganes


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots:  8 - 10
Shots on target: 5 - 6
Corner Kicks: 7 - 1
Possession: 76% - 24%

Four bookings in this one, all for the away side. Youssef En-Nesyri, Unai Bustinza, Ivan Cuellar and Ruben Perez being the men to have the names taken by referee Jose Maria Sanchez Martinez.

Considering they only had 24% of the ball here, Leganés did remarkably well to come out ahead in the total shots and shots on target statistics. Their counter attacking strategy was probably the right one to adopt here against a Betis side who do keep the ball well. They just couldn't score though and in the end that proved costly.

Leganés were being largely restricted to efforts from range on their rare forays forward in the opening period. The best chance of the first 45 minutes falling to Betis when Ivan Cuella somehow clawed a Joaquin header off the line. 0-0 at the break though.

Betis continued to almost exclusively dominate the ball in the second half, and whilst they did weave some pretty patterns at times, they wee struggling to find that killer pass or finish in order to edge themselves into a lead, as the visiting defence held firm.

Just as it looked like Leganés would hang on for a point, the visitors were finally undone in the 89th minute. Cristian Tello sent scampering free in the left channel and outpacing the defence to send a low ball into the area. Loren Moron the man racing onto it to gleefully finish into the right-hand side of the goal. 1-0 final score.

Real Betis move up to fifth on the back of this win. Leganés remain rooted to the foot of the table, with that victory against Barcelona remaining the only win of the season to date.

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