Real Madrid will try not to get out of the fight for the title in LaLiga Santander taking the victory on Sunday in a new test at home in the Benito Villamarín against a Real Betis also irregular and will return to examine a Madrid team even more depleted in its offensive strength with the steely philosophy that stands Quique Setién.[[Follow the match of LaLiga Betis-Real Madrid]
The team of Santiago Solari is already before closing the first round of the championship in Heliopolis ten points behind the leadership of FC Barcelona and their margin of failure has been reduced to nothing after a poor start to 2019, with a draw at Villarreal and defeat at home against Real Sociedad, stumbles somewhat relieved by the win (3-0) against Leganés.
With the possibility of starting the match against the green and white to 13 points, the current European champion can not afford any more stumbles if he does not want to bid farewell one more year to LaLiga before even facing the decisive stage. But nevertheless, his exit this Sunday is not easy because his rival, despite his irregularity, he is sixth with only four points and he wants to prove to himself that he can extend the quality jump that he already had last season.
In addition, Betis usually show their best face to their fans, who will want to reward with a triumph of value that apart from strengthening in the European area, help to somewhat placate some criticism of the game again after the setback of the last week at El Alcoraz where he fell by 2-1 despite advancing on the scoreboard.
Anyway, the merengue set already knows about the bético potential. Last season he fell at the Santiago Bernabéu (0-1), ending a streak of 73 consecutive games scoring, an offensive potential diametrically opposed to the one he is living in today, an aspect in which he rivals those of Quique Setién, and who will be more depleted for this important duel.
And is that Santiago Solari has the infirmary to overflow with players of all lines, but above all in the front where only one hundred percent healthy to the French Karim Benzema, 'pichichi' with six goals, almost a quarter of the total scored by the Madridistas (26).
Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio are injured, Lucas Vázquez sanctioned and the presence of Vinicius Junior, the most positive note of this 2019 for his self-confidence, is much more than doubtful because of a flu process that has left him without training the last days. If the Brazilian does not arrive on time, the Argentine coach does not have much 'gunpowder' to choose from, something that could favor the options of a Isco Alarcón, 'eternal' protagonist for his lack of minutes.
The malagueño is one of the options that Rosario manages for his elevenAnd Kroos will also be missing in the middle, place that should be for Ceballos, who returns to 'home' with better spirit than last year. Casemiro and Modric, who rested in the Cup, are fixed and Valverde has 'grown up' with the arrival of Solari, who if bet on the Uruguayan for having more muscle in the fight for the ball, would leave only a theoretical free site for the eleven between the '22' and the newcomer Brahim Díaz. The rest will be the expected Keylor Navas and Marcelo trying to earn credit in goal and the side.
Betis seizes Canales and Lo Celso
For its part, Betis, who in exchange for his victory at the Bernabéu gave a triumph full of goals in the second round at Villamarín (3-5), will try to be faithful to Setien's style, that has not finished curdling among his fans, despite the great last season and the return to European competition.
The Andalusian team also did not start well in 2019 and after their trip to bottom side, was not able to win at home to Real Sociedad in the 'k.o' tournament, signing a goalless draw that shows that the bética offensive does not go too thin and that must improve to take advantage of defensive visitor doubts.
The responsibility in this facet for the visit of the champion of Europe will be for the canterano Loren, who will be supported by two of the most fit players in this campaign as they are the exmadridista Sergio Canales and the Argentine Giovanni Lo Celso. These two players, plus William Carvalho and a fourth half that should leave between Guardado and Javi García will try to take the ball away from Real Madrid.
Betis: Pau López; Mandi, Bartra, Feddal; William Carvalho, Guardado, Tello; Canales, Lo Celso; and Loren.
Real Madrid: Keylor Navas; Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Ceballos, Valverde; Isco and Benzema.
Referee: Hernández Hernández (C.Las Palmas).
Stadium: Benito Villamarín.