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La Liga: Los Blancos Aim to Build Off El Clasico Win

Real Betis vs Real Madrid

Real Madrid will look to build a sizeable advantage at the La Liga table as they visit the 14th-seeded Real Betis at the Benito Villamarin Stadium this Sunday evening.

Los Blancos are back on top of the standings after winning over their El Clasico rivals in Barcelona and it also helps that they will be entering the easier part of their schedule.

Zinedine Zidane’s men will encounter bottom seeded teams in their next two matches before turning their attention to Manchester City in the second leg of the Round of 16 stage in the Champions League. Los Blancos have 56 points at the La Liga table while they trail 1-2 in aggregate goals against City.

On the other hand, Real Betis are still looking for that win after failing to do so on six straight occasions. They lost against the likes of Getafe CF, Barcelona, and Valencia, while they drew level against fellow bottom-feeders in Eibar, Mallorca, and Leganes.

Los Verdiblancos are sitting at the 14th spot with 30 points and they would be keen on avoiding the relegation zone, so expect for them to come out and do their best against the league leaders.

Allow SBOTOP to give you a preview of this La Liga matchup.

 

Talking points

Real Betis looking to stave off relegation

Real Betis would have to do much better than in their last few games in order to stay afloat in the La Liga. Rubi’s men have been lacklustre, to say the least, particularly against opponents who are beneath them in the standings.

They failed to seal the deal when they took a quick lead against Eibar. And then against Leganes, Real Betis’ offence sputtered when they only mustered up three total shots for the whole game. While their attack slightly improved against Mallorca, it’s their defence that became suspect as they weren’t able to stop Takefusa Kubo from scoring the equaliser.

This run of inconsistency is sure to irk Real Betis fans since they have yet to find a breakthrough. Their top scorers in Joaquin and Loren Moron also had their share of struggles in supplying goals and La Liga 2020 highlights for coach Rubi.

Real Betis have a tough La Liga match up ahead of them as they host the fiery Los Blancos
Real Betis’ Nabil Fekir celebrates after scoring their second goal

 

With the two being keyed in by opposing defences, it’s refreshing to see Nabil Fekir step up to the challenge for Real Betis. So far, the Frenchman has scored seven goals along with two assists, making him the x-factor for Los Verdiblancos in this match.

Rubi would need to prepare his boys for the late push in order to stay away from relegation. Since Quique Setien left for Barca, their backline has been one of the worst in La Liga so far. They have conceded 42 goals already which is good for third to the last in the league.

 

Can Los Blancos stay up there for good?

Real Madrid have been through a lot even before the La Liga season started, which is why seeing them on top once more is already a great story in itself.

From a worrisome preseason to dealing with a myriad of injuries, Zinedine Zidane’s resolve has been the guiding force to put Los Blancos to where they are now.

Things looked bleak when their attack suffered a huge blow. Marco Asensio tore his ACL just before the season started while their star acquisition in Eden Hazard continues to suffer from his ankle problems.

But this has turned into a blessing in disguise as it gave their youngsters more time to develop.

Vinicius Junior has been slowly rounding into form as shown in the last El Clasico while Rodrygo has shown glimpses of his potential after several spectacular performances against Galatasaray in the Champions League.

These young turks, along with their key veterans in Isco, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, and Karim Benzema, will be needed more than ever should Real Madrid plan on winning their first La Liga title in over three seasons.

 

History

While Los Blancos lost their last away match against Levante, the La Liga 2020 prediction indicate that it won’t happen again since they have yet to lose back-to-back on the road all season.

Real Betis are winless in their last five La Liga matches against Real Madrid (D1, L4) and it doesn’t help that they’ve already received a league-high of seven red cards for this term.

 

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