Real Betis v Real Madrid – Saturday 19:45, Sky Sports 5
Some of the concern following Real Madrid’s draws against Villarreal, Las Palmas and Borussia Dortmund were a bit over the top. Villarreal finished 4th last season, while the other two were away games against high-flying sides. However, a 1-1 stalemate at home to Eibar, a town whose whole population would fill just a third of the Bernabeu, has really given the fans something to worry about.
The atmosphere was one of angst and frustration amongst the locals a few weeks ago so Real will probably be happy to get away from Madrid as they have a W10-D3-L0 away record under Zidane. They travel to a Betis side struggling for form and that find themselves 15th in the table after losing to Real Sociedad last time out. Gus Poyet’s side have actually lost only two of their last 13 at the Benito Villamarin, but their recent record there against the ‘Big Three’ is poor, losing six of their last seven.
A major part of Real’s recent stutter has been injuries to key players and in particular controlling midfielders Luka Modric and Casemiro. The latter’s absence in front of the back-four has left them particularly exposed as they’ve now failed to keep a clean sheet in the last 10 he’s missed. However, with the likes of Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema in the team we fancy Los Blancos to get the job done against this Betis side, so a Madrid win and both teams to score is our pick.Bet £10 get £20