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La Liga’s 31st matchday ends late Thursday evening with a relegation hit in Andalusia. Two teams that lag far behind their own expectations face each other in Benito Villamarin – Betis Sevilla welcomes Espanyol Barcelona.
The green-whites from Seville had their sights set on returning to Europe, but can only be found in the La Liga table at the 15th place, which was completely disappointing. The situation is even more precarious for the Catalans from Barcelona. Espanyol adorns the bottom of the table and is already five points behind the saving bank.
Espanyol is slowly but surely running out of time and with each game the pressure on the shoulders of the Abelardo team increases. The kick-off is on Thursday evening at 21:00 p.m.
Almost 100 million euros can be found on the expenditure page in transfer summer 2019 at Betis Sevilla. Some exits also flushed money into the cash register, but a big transfer minus persisted. After tenth place in the previous year, the view should be turned up again. Quique Setien was separated at the request of the coach, who now works for FC Barcelona after a break.
Setien’s successor was Rubi, who played big with Espanyol Barcelona last year. However, there will be no more duels with his ex-team. Due to the continuing negative trend, the club management was forced to change. After the 0-1 defeat at Athletic Bilbao, the ripcord was pulled, only two wins in the recent 14 league games Rubi lost.
The sporting director Alexis Trujillo initially takes over the tasks. It is quite possible that he will remain in office until the end of the season because the extremely dense program means that a new coach would not have much time to develop the team.
34 points after 30 game days ensure that the Andalusians are far from being able to dream of qualifying for Europe. Compared to the previous year, the team currently has six points less on the credit side; two years ago, Betis Sevilla had even collected twelve points at the same time of the season.
One of the main reasons for the poor score is the performance abroad. Only in Mallorca was an away win, in the 14 remaining games Betis Sevilla won.
At home, however, the record with seven wins, four draws and four defeats is quite impressive. In this respect, the role of favorites against the tail lights is also understandable.
Espanyol Barcelona has been an integral part of the Spanish football upper house for 26 years now. This season, however, the situation is extremely precarious, after all, the club has been on a relegation zone continuously since matchday seven. 24 points after 30 games are by far the weakest season in recent years. In the past decade, Espanyol has always accumulated at least eleven points.
There are not many encouragers in the fight to stay in the league. Head coach Abelardo took over the club at the end of December and is already the third coach in the current season.
After the departure of top striker Borja Iglesias (to Betis Sevilla, who cannot convince there), the Catalans lack a striker with a goal guarantee. 26 goals mean the second weakest offensive, the top scorers Lei Wu and Raul de Tomas have only scored four.
Raul de Tomas was only signed in the winter and was able to meet the high expectations straight away with four goals in seven games. The 20 million purchase from Benfica Lisbon, however, injured his knee at the restart and was missing in the last two games. Even if the comeback is getting closer, the Betis game is still too early.
Great pressure, weak offensive, only eleven goals in foreign places and the loss of the most dangerous player are by no means arguments between Betis Sevilla and Espanyol Barcelona for a prediction on the guests.
Betis vs Espanyol head to head matches
15.12.19 LL Espanyol Betis 2 : 2
29.04.19 LL Betis Espanyol 1 : 1
30.01.19 CDR Betis Espanyol 3 : 1 (1 : 1)
24.01.19 CDR Espanyol Betis 1 : 1
16.12.18 LL Espanyol Betis 1 : 3