How Have Real Madrid and Betis Started the Season?

Real Madrid might have enjoyed a blistering finish to the 2019/20 La Liga season to usurp Barcelona and claim the title, although Los Merengues were fairly uninspired when drawing 0-0 at Sociedad last weekend, with Zinedine Zidane’s side looking short of match fitness.

This should probably come as no surprise considering there’s been little pre-season to write home about, with Real managing four shots on target at Anoeta, with young Brazilian forwards Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo failing to help their team over the line.

By way of contrast, Betis have begun in a solid fashion thanks to two victories over Alaves and Valladolid, with Los Verdiblancos claiming bloodless wins and it’s already looking as though the home side are going to improve on last season’s fifteenth placed finish.

Manuel Pellegrini has signed Claudio Bravo between the sticks and they actually had decent home form last term despite finishing narrowly above the drop zone, with nine wins and four draws in their nineteen home encounters.

Why Isn’t Eden Hazard Playing For Real Madrid?

There was an enormous fanfare when Eden Hazard arrived at Real Madrid from Chelsea for a staggering £143 million, although the Belgian wasn’t in the squad for the goalless draw against Sociedad and we’d be surprised to see the playmaker even feature on the bench for this encounter.

Zidane was fairly vague when it came to predicting when Hazard would return to the starting line-up, with Martin Odegaard now getting the opportunity in midfield after a series of loan spells and the Norwegian could end becoming the unsung star of the team.

Pellegrini Looking to Improve Betis

Manuel Pellegrini is a vastly experienced football manager who finds himself back in Spain after spells in England and China, with the Chilean having previously been in charge of Villarreal, Malaga and Real Madrid!

Pellegrini only lasted a year in charge at the Bernabeu although that’s not necessarily unusual in that particular role and it appears that he’s taken the defensive part of the game by the scruff of the neck, with back-to-back clean sheets setting Betis up nicely for this encounter.

What Do The Bookies Expect to Happen?

Real Madrid are nearly always favourites to win their respective matches although they let their odds-on backers down when drawing against Sociedad and punters will be wary when it comes to punting Los Merengues for a clash against a team who are unbeaten and yet to concede a goal.

Zidane’s side are no bigger than 5/6 to win this clash and perhaps they’ll benefit from playing that opening game and having more training sessions, although Real Betis are as big as 16/5 to claim three points when they play their third La Liga match of the campaign.

The bookies are leaning towards a high-scoring match and you can back Under 2.5 Goals at no bigger than 8/11, although the absence of Hazard and the fact that both teams have been involved in low-scoring tussles means that it could go either way.

What Are the Best Bets for This Match?

We’re going to take a cautious approach to betting on a match like this considering we have very little data to feed off. Real Madrid simply don’t make an appealing prospect considering that they struggled to create meaningful chances against Sociedad.

You can bet that Manuel Pellegrini will have watched the video of that particular match and he will aim to emulate the same blueprint in this game, although many punters have had their fingers burnt betting too hard against Los Merengues.

We’re going to go for Betis +1 on the Asian Handicap betting market which means that the visitors would need to enjoy a two-goal margin of victory in order to lose the bet. A one-goal victory would see money back and anything else would mean we win with out bet.

The “No” option on the Both Teams to Score betting market also makes appeal as we could see a goalless draw or the game decided by a single goal.

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