Santander League 2018-19TOEmergency duel at the Villamarn
TOthese heights of the season each game is decisive. But some acquire a special relevance because they can mark a before and after. This is the case of the duel that faces Betis and Villarreal on Sunday at the Benito Villamarn stadium,both sets arrive with their margin of error reduced practically to nothingand with the imperative need to get hold of the three points.
In the case of Setin's team it is now or never. If you really want to fight until the end of LaLiga by repeating continental qualifying you need to cut distances as soon as possible.A victory will help him to forget what happened in Vallecas and Anoeta and to face the derby of the next Saturday with renewed illusions. A negative result, however, could open the Pandora's box in Helipolis, placing your technician in a delicate situation.
The popularity of Setin among the btic fans has lost whole at full speed. And although neither the hard core of the locker room nor the top managers of the club want to talk about anything other than that the technical body ends the season and it is then when a valuation is made, allknow that the next results are essential to avoid that the environment in Helipolis is unbreathable.
With doubts in almost all lines for the phase of low performance through which they cross several of their key players, it does not seem that the coach is going to carry out a revolution in the starting lineup.His plan B has always been to try to make plan A better, and so it seems to remain until the end, trying to increase the defensive intensity and, above all, that their football control is translated on goal occasions.
But if for the Betis the urgencies are important, let's not say for the Villarreal … Those of Calleja arrive at the Villamarn with the water to the neck. They live on the edge of the knife andonly the tie in extremis of the Huesca in the last day frees them to fall to the posts of descent. A position in which they can start the game, depending on what Celta does against Real Sociedad, minutes before.
And if for its rival in the morning the main problem is the effectiveness, for the submarine everything happens to seal its defense.In his last two games he has scored six goals and has only served to rescue a point. Winning Betis, in a match for which he recovers Gerard Moreno, seems vital if he wants to escape the burning and, incidentally, put more teams in the lo.