Real Betis v Las Palmas – Friday 19:45, Sky Sports 5
Victor Sanchez takes the reins at Real Betis for the first time this Friday following the departure of Gus Poyet during the international break, and he will be under pressure immediately in front of home fans who have seen their team win just once at home this term. Las Palmas’s passing model has not always generated wins this season, but they sit in ninth place, five points clear of Real Betis (14th).
Las Palmas will be travelling with a full-strength squad, and despite a four-match run without an away league win, they will have taken confidence from a victory over Eibar immediately before the international break. They have got on the scoresheet in all of their last seven away league games, but have struggled to turn these goals into victories, taking only four points from a possible 21. Victor Sanchez drew his first games at both Olympiakos and Deportivo, but with Alvaro Cejudo suspended and Charly Musonda a doubt through injury, Real Betis lack depth in attacking positions and that’s a concern for a side that’s failed to score in half their last 10 and they can be expected to focus on keeping things tight at the back.
Five of Betis’ last six home games have had fewer than two goals as did both meetings between these sides last season, and this fixture has produced more than two goals only once since 2011, so Under 2.5 goals seems a pretty safe bet.£10 Free Credit and a £500 Deposit Bonus