Betis vs Deportivo by Jimeno
Betis took a point away from home against Valencia last weekend, staying to a goalless draw and making a rather positive result from it. Home side looked dominant during whole ninety minutes and pressed for the goal, especially since 48th minute when visitors stood playing with a man less following exclusion of midfielder Ceballos. Despite everything, their defensive lineup looked rather well, rock solid in all defensive tasks and pulled out a deserved point in the end.
After four rounds played, Betis has only five points, however the team generally can't be disappointed with their performances and outcomes since they had rather tough schedule in first four matches played. They suffered defeat against Real Madrid which was more than expected, have won at home against Real Sociedad and took two draws, but times playing against above average sides - at home against in form Villarreal and on the road against Valencia. Of course, midfielder Dani Ceballos (4/0) is suspended for this one, while substitue defender Didier Degard (1/0) and right back Cristiano Piccini (3/0) remain injured. Doubtful for this game remain left full back Juan Vargas (4/0) and offensive midfielder Francisco Portillo (3/0), but with chances to play. Hosts will surely continue with 4-4-2 formation and Castro and Moline upfront.
Deportivo, on the other side, managed to secure their stay in Primera in previous season only in the last round and the only target of their club for the new season is the same - to remain in the first class of Spanish football, but also to detach themselves away from the relegation battle and try to secure the status before the last weeks of Championship. Till now, they have five points which makes them being two points above the relegating candidates.
In the most recent game last weekend, they suffered 2:3 defeat at home against Sporting Gijon, even though they were coming from improved performance on the road against Vallecano where they got a 3:1 victory and had every reason to be favorites against players from Gijon. Visitors struck them with two goals in first ten minutes and even though the hosts replied with goals from Juanfran and Alberto, they had too many defensive gaps and again conceded, in 34th via Menendez, while the hosts remained with ball control and domination till the end of the game, but without any more goal scored. Manuel Pablo and Cani should be back in the lineup after recovering from injuries. Despite suffering defeat against Gijon, they shouldn't change much in the starting lineup continuing with 4-2-3-1 formation.
Real Betis had more difficult opponents till now and their performances look way more stable so far. Moreover, visiting side looks really unreliable at the back and I See plenty of value with the home victory here.