Betis v Real Madrid Sat 21:00
One would find it hard to see past an away team victory on Saturday when La Liga leaders Real Madrid travel to bottom half side Real Betis as odds on favourites with Betfred in the ‘Battle of the Royals’.
The fixture will see on of the league’s worst home defences (Betis) going up against a Real Madrid team that has proven to be a potent force when playing away from home this season.
Scoring an average of 2.58 goals per game when away from the Santiago Bernabeu this campaign, the league leaders are on the best team when playing on unfamiliar soil.
To round off the challenge for Betis, the Los Blancos is just as dangerous with the Madrid outfit leaking an impressive average of 0.50 goals per league outing when away from home this term.
The Spanish giants are currently enjoying a ten match winning run of form in the Primera Division and it will take something special from Los Béticos to end that streak on Saturday.
In the reverse fixture of this matchup, Real Madrid ran out a 4-1 victory over their lower league opposition and statistics would suggest that Jose Mourinho’s side will complete the double over Betis this weekend.
Mourinho has a few injury concerns with Karim Benzema still struggling with a knock, picked up in last month Champions League encounter with CSKA Moscow, while influential Ricardo Carvalho is suspended at the heart of the defence.
Pepe will return after his own suspension however.
The last time Real Betis managed to beat Los Merengues came some four seasons ago in the 2007-08 campaign and was the only victory of such a fixture over the last decade.
Pepe Mel’s side sit in 13th spot as things stand and although three points wouldn’t have much an impact on their league standing, it would make their chances of seeing the drop far less likely.
However, as aforementioned, Real’s away record this season makes them an unstoppable force but after 2012 wins over the likes of Atletico Bilbao and Atletico Madrid as well as others, Betis’ ‘nothing-to-lose’ attitude will be an important factor this weekend.