Preview: Real Betis vs. Alaves

Preview: Real Betis vs. Alaves

Real Betis will be looking to make it four La Liga victories in a row when they continue their campaign at home to an out-of-form Alaves team on Monday night.

The hosts are currently sixth in the table, having picked up an impressive 39 points from 25 matches, while Alaves, who have lost their last three in Spain’s top flight, occupy 18th position.

Betis finished 15th in La Liga last season, but the Seville outfit are very much in the race for a potential Europa League position this term, picking up 39 points from 25 matches to occupy sixth position in the table.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are actually only three points behind fifth-placed Real Sociedad, while they are two points clear of seventh-placed Villarreal with a game in hand over the Yellow Submarine.

Betis have lost 10 times in Spain’s top flight this season, which is a high number considering their position in the table, but an impressive record of 12 wins has left them in a strong position.

The Green and Whites have won four of their last five in the league, including back-to-back 1-0 victories over Getafe and Cadiz, while they have lost just one of their last nine during an excellent run of form.

Alaves, as mentioned, will enter Monday’s contest off the back of three straight losses, conceding 10 times in the defeats to Barcelona, Real Sociedad and Osasuna, managing just one goal in the process.

Abelardo’s side currently sit 18th in the table, just two points above basement side Huesca, but they are level on points with Real Valladolid in 17th ahead of this weekend’s fixtures.

The race for survival is Spain’s top flight is fascinating as just five points separate the bottom six teams, while Getafe in 14th position are only five points clear of the relegation zone.

Alaves have lost 13 of their 25 league matches this season, which is the worst record in the division in terms of defeats, and the team’s next away game is a trip to leaders Atletico Madrid on March 21.

El Glorioso actually recorded a 2-1 victory in the corresponding game between the two sides last season, but Betis ran out 1-0 winners when the pair locked horns back in September.

Real Betis La Liga form: DWLWWW

Real Betis form (all competitions): WLLWWW

Alaves La Liga form: LDWLLL

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