Preview - Real Betis vs Deportivo Alavés 18 February 19

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Match Day 24
Real Betis vs. Deportivo Alavés
Monday, February 18th 2019
03:45am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Benito Villamarín

Real Betis: 
Last five matches form: L W L W L
Average goals per match: 1.19
Average goals against per match: 1.26
Top Scorer: Canales (6)

Deportivo Alavés:
Last five matches form: D L L L W
Average goals per match: 1.04
Average goals against per match: 1.17
Top Scorer: Jony, Jonathan Calleri & Borja Bastón (4)

We look set for a closely fought encounter at the Benito Villamarín on Match Day 24 in La Liga as two sides on the cusp of the Champion's League positions do battle. It's eighth vs sixth as Real Betis play host to Deportivo Alavés. With only three points between the sides heading into the game, there's plenty to play for here.

There was nothing to split the sides in the reverse of this fixture, with the game in Alavés ending in a goalless draw. Betis made the most of home advantage to claim a 2-0 win in this game last season.

Cristian Tello and Júnior Firpo are out injured for the home side who will also be without the suspended Javi García. No confirmed absentees for Alavés at present.

Betis have been pretty up and down of late with only two wins in their past seven and will be looking to bounce back from a poor performances when going down 3-0 at Leganés on Match Day 23. They have been good at home though in losing only three of twelve and will be looking for their third win on the spin at the Benito Vilamarín here.

Alavés themselves aren't in their best form at present but did at least put an end to a three game losing - and goalless - steak with a 2-0 win over Levante last week.  They have however won only one of their last seven away from home, scoring only three goals across those games and conceding seven in their past two.

Two sides who look to running out of steam just a little. We would be more confident about Betis getting on the scoresheet though and that may well be enough to take this.

Prediction: Real Betis 1 - 0 Deportivo Alavés


Half time:  1 - 1
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots:  18 - 6
Shots on target: 9 - 3
Corner Kicks: 6 - 3
Possession: 66% - 34%

Andres Guardado, Sergio Canales, Diego Lanes and Aissa Mandi of Real Betis were all booked in this one, with referee Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz also taking the name of Ruben Duarte of Deportivo Alaves.

The home side probably did deserve more out of this game. You don't get points merely for dominating though, and in the end it was honours even. Alaves for their part will view this as a solid and hard-fought performance on the road. They likely would have lost this in most weeks though.

It was Betis who struck first in the 15th minute. Breaking into the area and firing a shot on goal, keeper Fernando Pacheco did well to save it, but his block rebounded back off one of his own defenders and into the path of Giovani Lo Celso who had the simple task of slotting in from a couple of yards. The home side were within millimetres of doubling their advantage soon after when seeing another effort being blocked on the line.

Alaves had their equaliser in the 28th minute. A cross from the right by-line being nodded towards goal by Ximo Navarro and Guillermo Maripan just getting a toe to it before the outrushing keeper to stab home into the roof of the net. 1-1 at the break.

Both sides had their chances in the second half; Jonathan Calleri of Alaves nearly hitting the corner flag when well placed in the right of the area and Loren Móron of Betis hitting the keeper with a diving header from point-blank range. 1-1 it finished.

No change for either side in the standings with Deportivo Alaves remaining in sixth spot - just a single point off the top four - and Real Betis down in eighth - three points adrift of the Europa League positions.

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