Real Betis host Rayo vallecano at the Estadio Benito Villamarin, with the visitors having secured an important victory against Real Sociedad last weekend that lifted them off thefoot of the table. While Real Betis are safe in 12thplace, Rayo Vallecano are 4 points behind 15th placed Villarreal and already look threatened by looming relegation.
The two sides have had contrasting starts to theseason. Betis have picked up 19 points from 14 games, having scored 14 and conceded 17 goals. Rayo have outscored Betis by a goal, buthave conceded 28. They have only picked up 10 points from 14 games,and have the second worst goal difference in the division..
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This encounter promises to be open and full of goals. 64% of Real Betis’league games have featured at least three goals. They have performed well in the Europa League and Copa Del Rey, having already secured qualification to the next round of either competition. Their attacking game has resulted in god viewing and even better performances, with the side beating Barcelona, AC Milan, Sevilla and Real madrid.
Rayo Vallecano are back in the top division after getting promoted last season. While they have already been knocked out of the King’s cup, supporters will be more worried about picking up points in the league and cementing their stay. They have had close games against Villareal, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona, even though they failed to record a win. While their quick attacking game has had mixed fortunes, it can be very ordinary. They lost to Valencia, who had not recorded a home win all season, and barely survived against Eibar to record much needed win.
Rayo Vallecano are Real Betis’ bogey team. They have only won once against them in 9 games. However, they have more quality than their opponents, and are more comfortable on the ball. Rel Betis have the league highest possession tally in home games, with a 68% average in their games. They have not yet won consecutive league games at home this season. However, Betis could be motivated by Rayo Vallecano’s away day blues, with no wins in their last 23 La Liga away games.
Only Andres Guardado and Gorka Elustondo are absent for the two sides, with in-form Sergio Canales returning for the home side. Betis have shared goals around the park, and have the league’s top scoring defender from open play. It promises to be an open and attacking encounter that should have plenty of goals.