Real Betis

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Benito Villamarín

17/03/2018 | 7:45 pm

RCD Espanyol

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Benito Villamarín

17/03/2018 | 7:45 pm

In a sentence: Real Betis are chasing Europe, while Espanyol are chasing Betis – five points separate the teams as we take a look at a tight game in this La Liga preview.

Last time: Espanyol sneaked a close encounter at the RCDE Stadium. A second-half strike from forward Gerard Moreno was enough for Quique Sánchez Flores’s side to take the points.

This time: Betis are 6/5 for the win with Espanyol at 5/2 and the draw is 21/10.

You might remember: A Marco Asensio-inspired Espanyol ran out 3-1 winners at the Benito Villamarin in October 2015. The young Spanish talent provided three assists that night, as three goals before the hour mark sewed up the points.

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Betting Tips and Predictions

Real Betis take on Espanyol in this weekend’s round of La Liga fixtures

The mid-table battle in Spain’s top division makes La Liga predictions very difficult. Both sides come into this game in similar form and off the back of wins last weekend. Visitors Espanyol are proving difficult to beat in recent weeks having won two and drawn five of their last seven matches. Over the same period of games, home side Betis have matched Espanyol’s points total despite losing a couple along the way.

Los Beticos have faced tough home fixtures recently and will be looking to return to winning ways in front of their fans. Betis are 6/5 favourites for this fixture but there is better value in the market for this game, the free football betting tips below are worth a closer look.

Espanyol have been a difficult object to overcome in recent weeks, they have fallen behind in three out of their last five games and have responded every time. Los Periquitos are an extremely efficient side as their goal a game average proves. The visitors are looking to make it a hat-trick of wins in their hosts’ backyard and are 5/2 to do so.

A pattern has occurred over the last few years when Betis and Espanyol have met in Seville, making football predictions look simple. The last six meetings at the Benito Villamarin has seen two draws, two home wins and on the last two occasions, two away wins. With little to separate them and draw specialists Espanyol in town, the game ending all square at 21/10 looks to be one of the decent football betting tips for the weekend.

Match Summary

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Look out for

Football score predictions involving Espanyol have been worth a punt this season. Their season so far has consisted of eight one-nil games and six one-all games, it is worth looking at those results in any La Liga preview that involves the Catalonians. It’s 7/1 for a Betis 1-0, 9/1 for an Espanyol 1-0 win and 6/1 for the 1-1

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We fancy

A safe football prediction here is the draw at half-time and at full-time at 15/4. Espanyol have drawn their last three away La Liga matches and have been drawing at both half-time and full-time in all three.

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It’s a long shot, but

Leo Baptistao and Gerard Moreno have been responsible for all four of Espanyol’s goals in their last three games. Given the away side’s preference for falling behind, you can get odds of 11/2 for Moreno to score last and 8/1 for Baptistao to do the same. The away side are also 15/1 to win from behind.

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Written by Elio Salerno

Elio Salerno is a Peterborough-based family man, Juventus fanatic, football coach and football obsessive. A serial tweeter, Elio counts Alessandro Del Piero’s World Cup 2006 goal against Germany as his favourite in the sport’s history.