Alcorcon vs Betis by Neuro
Alcorcon had a very poor first halftime against Gijon in the previous round, as they conceded two goals within nine minutes, in 20th and 29th minute, but gradually improved in the repetition. They started making chances, but also being vulnerable at counter attacks, just to see themselves reducing the deficit in 78th minute for the final 2:1 loss.
Coach was satisfied after the game actually, saying that they had a chance to tie up the match, but simply blew up their chances with a terrible first halftime, as both goals were conceded after their mistakes, adding that it's almost impossible to overturn the 0:2 in that stadium. This was their end of being undefeated for seven consecutive games, however the team remained with little difference towards the play-off zone. Very important striker Oscar Plano (18/3) is suspended for this game, while the team also can't count at midfielder Bobley Anderson (11/1). Long absent is midfielder Sergio Mora (1/0), while again available is winger Alvaro Rey (7/0).
Real Betis enters the New Year with a new coach, as the team signed Pepe Mel for the new manager, guy who was one of their favorite players in previous decade. He is one of most loved ex players within the club, as seven thousand people turned out to his first conference, while two thousands Betis fans are expected to be on the stands tonight.
Previous coach actually left him a pretty good legacy, as the team has four straight victories in Segunda, as the team comes from a 2:0 home victory over Racing Santander. It was a very steady performance from them, as the team took a comfortable victory without trying to much. Such a great streak raised them to third place in the standings, while the team surely aims to return undefeated from this game, if possible - with all three points. Midfielder Xavi Torres (9/0) and back Francisco Molinero (16/0) are back into the game coming from served suspensions. Absent will be midfielder Javier Matilla (14/1), defenders Perquis (9/0) and Casado (8/0) and substitute striker Nono (3/0).
With four victories in a row in Segunda and improved atmosphere after Pepe Mel took over the team, it's hard to say this two teams have equal chances here. Draw can't be excluded, but there is no doubt that Betis has better chances to walk away with all three points. Current odds gives us some extra value.