Revitalized by victory in the classic against Sevilla, Betis return to the field on Monday, January 15. The duel against Leganés, scheduled for the Manuel Ruiz de Lopera stadium in Sevlha, complements the nineteenth round of the Spanish 2017/2018 Championship, the last of the first round. The kickoff is scheduled for 18h (Brasília time).
The recent performance of Betis
On Saturday, January 6, Betis entered the pitch to face Sevilla in crisis. After all, he had suffered four defeats in the previous five games. 5 – 3 was the score after the first half.
The gain was not just in self-esteem. Helped by defeats of Getafe (2 to 0 for Atletico Madrid), Real Sociedad (1 to 0 to Leganés) and Girona (2 to 1 to Valencia), won positions in the standings and finished the previous day in the tenth place . He accumulated 24 points (seven wins, three draws and eight losses). It’s the same number as Leganés, but Betis are disadvantageous when using the tie-break criteria.
As all rivals enter the field earlier in the round, it is possible that Sevilla’s seed will appear in a lower position. To avoid falling, you will have to end the series of four games without winning at home. It was two defeats and two draws in the period that made the club only tenth in the ranks of LaLiga constituents.
Coach Quique Setien has doubts about the use of two starters. They are in injury treatment and will need new tests to know if they will be able to play defender Antonio Barragan (17 matches in the 2017/2018 Spanish Championship without a goal) and striker Antonio Sanabria (12 matches, seven goals). Also in the infirmary is striker Joel Campbell (three games, no goal).
The current form of Leganés
Leganés lost but won. On Wednesday, January 10, the team visited Villarreal and took 2 to 1 in the return match of the round of 16 of the King’s Cup of Spain. As he had beaten the rival, 1-0 at home, ended up ensuring his survival in the fight for the cup thanks to the goal scored outside his dominions.
The wave came without much drama. The team took advantage of the “Yellow Submarine” in the 31st minute of the first half (El Zhar goal). The goal of the turn came only 44 minutes from the final stage. Thus, it took a small suffocation only in the additions of the second time, although it has been dominated throughout the game. The owners of the house finished 26 times against four of the visitors. There were 11 of them, while Leganés hit only two shots on goal.
The win in the first leg justified the strike at Villarreal. The posture, however, was nothing new. It has been the strategy of Leganés throughout the season. Due to this option, the team has the worst LaLiga attack. He scored just 13 goals in 17 games. As the defense, which was leaked 14 times, works well, it was ninth place at the end of the penultimate round of the first round.
Leganés has 24 points (seven wins, three draws and seven losses). In addition, held a game unless the rivals. The match scheduled for December against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu was postponed for the merengues’ participation in the FIFA Club World Cup. No new date has yet been set for the confrontation.
The medical department will need to clarify the situation of two players so coach Asier Garitano knows what he will be able to count on Monday. Darko Brasanac (nine games in the 2017/2018 Spanish League without a goal) and Alexander Szymanowski (13 matches, two goals) are undergoing injury treatment.
History of the bouts between Bétis and Leganés
There were only six meetings involving the teams. Leganes has won half. Betis won twice and there was a draw.
Packed by the success in the classic, having had the possibility of a better preparation and working at home, Bétis is the best guess. It has a price of 2.20 in Rivalo. Tie pays 3.20 for each real bet and success of Leganés yields 3.40.