Competition: La Liga
Market: Real Betis win
Odds: 3/4 @ 888sport
Looking to extend on their recent purple patch on Monday night, Real Betis will host away day strugglers Alaves to the Estadio Benito Villamarín.
Starting with the hosts, despite their back-to-back defeats when opening February, Real Betis have really bounced back and have largely impressed on either side of the festive break. Despite spending large spells of last season looking over their shoulder at the drop zone, Los Verdiblancos have a European return right at the top of their agenda this time. Finding a route back into the top-six, Manuel Pellegrini’s side were last seen putting in another professional display away at Cadiz. Making a string of improvements since bringing in the former West Ham boss, Betis landed a 1-0 win on their travels and find themselves enjoying a three-match La Liga winning run. With their recent purple patch highlighted by that 2-1 victory away at Villarreal, it should also be noted that they grabbed maximum points when they faced off against Monday’s guests in the reverse fixture.
As for the visitors, while Betis might have a European finish on their agenda, Alaves find themselves in the midst of a real battle to hang onto their La Liga status. Last seen putting in another sluggish display when drawing a close to February, El Glorioso were hit with a 1-0 loss against Osasuna on home soil and they open up Monday’s meeting sat way down in 19th. Losing each of their last three La Liga contests on the spin, including back-to-back 5-1 and 4-0 drummings against Barcelona and Real Sociedad, Alaves have also gained a real reputation for their issues on the road. A run also highlighted by a stunning 5-0 defeat away at lower-league Almería while on Copa del Rey duties earlier in the year, Abelardo Fernández’s side have also collected just a pair of points from their last seven top-flight matchups away from the Mendizorrotza.
Bet: Real Betis 3/4 to beat Alaves in Monday’s La Liga matchup @ 888sport