Espanyol vs Real Betis: Match Odds, Betting Tips & Predictions

Martin Green

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 3:35 PM UTC

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 3:35 PM UTC

Borja Iglesias could show Espanyol fans what they are missing...
<div><h2>Espanyol vs Real Betis</h2><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Sunday, December 15, at Cornella-El Prat</strong></a></p><p>It turns out that selling your two best players and failing to replace them in the summer transfer window is a pretty disastrous idea. Espanyol finished seventh in the table last season and secured qualification for the Europa League. Yet they then sold key defender Mario Hermoso to Atletico Madrid and star striker Borja Iglesias to Real Betis, and did not replace either of them. We are now 16 games into the new campaign and Espanyol are rock bottom of the table after losing 11 of them. They will find it difficult to contain an improving Betis side on Sunday, while Iglesias could show fans what they are missing.</p><h2>Team News</h2><p>Espanyol look seriously lightweight without Hermoso and Iglesias in the team. The only summer arrival of note, left-winger Matias Vargas, is out injured, and they are bereft of creativity at the moment. Their top scorer for the season, Victor Campuzano, has scored just three times and he cannot get into the team right now. Their last game was a 2-0 defeat at the Bernebeu and they played Wu Lei and Jonathan Calleri up front. That duo has scored just three goals combined all season. Their three-at-the-back system does not seem to be working either, as they have only kept two clean sheets in 16 games.</p><p><a href=";a=4417b7df-a48f-47f3-9b45-f79858bc083a&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></p><p>Real Betis enjoyed a strong summer transfer window as they signed Iglesias along with French winger Nabil Fekir from Lyon. Both men have struggled with injuries this season, while key midfielder William Carvalho has also been out, but Real Betis are much improved in recent weeks. They have picked up four wins and a draw in their last six games and that has seen them soar up the table. They are now comfortable in mid-table, 13 points clear of Espanyol and just five points off a Champions League place. They have injury concerns – Sidnei, Juanmi and Alfonso Pedraza are out – but they have a pretty deep squad these days.</p><h2>Betting Analysis</h2><p>Real Betis picked up a 3-1 win when they visited Cornella-El Prat last season and they should be confident of a similar result this time around. Espanyol have the worst home record in the league, with zero wins, one draw and six defeats from seven game. They have a midweek Europa League game, but they can rest players for that as they are remarkably already through to the knockout stages after topping their group. That will allow them to prepare for the game against Betis, but they simply lack quality, which their opponents have in abundance.</p><p><strong>Tip: <a href=";a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Unibet">Real Betis draw no bet at 2.07 (107/100) with Unibet</a></strong></p></div>
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