Preview: Getafe vs. Real Betis

Preview: Getafe vs. Real Betis

Real Betis will be looking to boost their hopes of a top-four finish in La Liga when they travel to Coliseum Alfonso Perez on Monday evening to take on Getafe.

The visitors are currently fifth in the table, four points behind fourth-placed Atletico Madrid, while Getafe sit 15th, five points ahead of the relegation zone with five games left.

Getafe are not yet safe from the threat of relegation to the second tier, as a total of 35 points from 33 matches has left them in 15th spot in the table, just five points ahead of 18th-placed Granada.

Back-to-back defeats to Real Madrid and Villarreal earlier this month had seen the capital outfit drop dangerously close to the bottom three, but they recorded a huge 2-0 victory over Celta Vigo last time out to open up a cushion heading into the final straight.

Getafe will take on Rayo Vallecano, Osasuna, Barcelona and Elche in their final four league matches of the season, and they are bidding to avoid being relegated to the Segunda Division for the first time since 2016.

The Deep Blue Ones have been relatively strong in front of their own supporters this season, picking up 25 points from 16 matches, which is a solid record considering their position in the table.

However, in Real Betis, they will be welcoming a team that has the third-best away record in Spain’s top flight this season, having collected 28 points from their 16 matches on their travels.
Getafe need the points to stay clear of the bottom three, but Real Betis will not be in the mood to hand out any favours, as the Green and Whites are bidding to secure a Champions League spot for next term.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side have enjoyed a brilliant campaign, currently sitting fifth in the table, four points behind fourth-placed Atletico and two clear of sixth-placed Real Sociedad in the race for European football.

Real Betis managed to win the Copa del Rey for just the third time in their history last weekend, meanwhile, by beating Valencia 5-4 on penalties following a 1-1 draw in Seville.

Pellegrini’s team have not claimed a top-four spot in La Liga since 2005, but they could be six points behind Atletico heading into this match, as the reigning champions will have the chance to extend their advantage in Saturday night’s clash with Athletic Bilbao at San Mames.

Real Betis have a tough end to the season on paper, so they will have to do it the hard way, facing Barcelona, Valencia, Granada and Real Madrid in their four league matches after this one.

Getafe La Liga form:
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Real Betis La Liga form:
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Real Betis form (all competitions):
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We say: Getafe 1-1 Real Betis
Real Betis have only lost four away matches in the league this season, but Getafe have been strong at home, winning seven of their 16 fixtures. Both teams will be fired-up to secure all three points, but we are struggling to separate them here, ultimately settling on a low-scoring draw.

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