Bank on nets bulging at Betis
Villarreal midfield provide plenty of goals
Real Betis’s first game back in La Liga last season was a 1-1 home draw with Villarreal and a bet on both teams to score at Estadio Benito Villamarin looks good again.
Neither club seems at their best right now, yet finding the net is not the problem.
Betis, who finished the last campaign in mid-table and were looking cosy again before Christmas, have won only two of their last 12 league games and one of those victories was at home to basement boys Osasuna.
However, Victor Sanchez’s side have scored in nine of their last ten matches including a 1-1 home draw with Barcelona, a 2-1 home defeat to city rivals Seville and a 2-1 away loss at Real Madrid.
Villarreal are back in a six-team scrap for Spain’s two berths in the Europa League next season after Sunday’s 3-2 defeat at home to Eibar. They were knocked out of Europe’s secondary club competition in February after a sorry 4-0 home loss to Roma left too much to do in the Eternal City. First-choice keeper Sergio Asenjo’s season has been ended by a serious knee injury too.
But the Yellow Submarine have scored in six of their last seven league matches with Roberto Soriano, Bruno and Manu Trugueros’s goals from midfield – 17 between the trio for the campaign – taking pressure off Fran Escriba’s forwards.
Escriba’s strikeforce of Roberto Soldado, Nicola Sansone, Cedric Bakambu and Rafael Borre are still contributing their fair share though. Betis lost 2-1 at Espanyol on Friday and their penultimate home game was a 3-2 reverse to Real Sociedad.
Ruben Castro heads the Betis scoring charts with ten goals while Arnaldo Sanabria, Joaquin and Alex Alegria have chipped in on more than the odd occasion.
Both teams to score
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