Eibar v Real Betis – Friday 19:45, Sky Sports 5
Victor Sanchez’s Real Betis side looked like a team reborn at the weekend as they brushed past Las Palmas 2-0, and they will be looking for more of the same against Eibar this Friday night. Eibar have looked strong at home, so they will expect to nip hopes of a Real Betis new-manager resurgence in the bud and continue to apply pressure to the top four in La Liga.
Eibar beat Celta Vigo 1-0 to leapfrog them in the table, which snapped a lean stretch of two wins in eight league games, and they carry that momentum and the good news of a fully-fit squad into this fixture. Moreover, Eibar have a record of W4-D1-L1 at home this season, and their sole home defeat was against lowly Osasuna, which might reasonably be considered an outlier. By contrast, Real Betis have a record of W0-D4-L6 against top-half teams on the road since the beginning of last season, and having suffered a 0-4 humiliation at home when Eibar last season and a scrappy 1-1 draw on their visit to Ipurua, they are justifiable underdogs in this match-up.
Eibar have scored first in 13 of their last 16 home matches against bottom-half teams, and Real Betis have conceded first in six of their last eight away matches against top-half non-Big Two teams. Eibar to score first looks safe at 1.73. For a longer shot, five of the eight games they’ve won at home against bottom-half teams have been 1-0 or 2-0, so we’re backing Eibar/Under 2.5 as well.£10 Free Credit and a £500 Deposit Bonus