Real Betis, a La Liga team who last season managed to finish only in 13th position in the final table with a minus nine goal differential, is now a real threat to move into Champion’s League qualifying. A win this Saturday night over Real Madrid would put them a mere four points behind the league champions from last season, poised to overtake them in the final automatic Champion’s League qualifying spot before the winter break.
While Betis’ form in the last two games hasn’t looked as solid as it did earlier in the year, they are currently in the fifth spot in the table and looking to seize the opportunity at hand.
Madrid have insisted that star player Christiano Ronaldo is fine after he returned in their game against Athletic Bilbao from an eye injury. But the leading scorer for Madrid didn’t score any of the teams’ five goals for his squad against the lackluster Bilbao side.
In fact, Ronaldo took a game-high 11 shots and couldn’t find the net in any of them. Could the eye injury still be bothering the gifted player?
Regardless, Betis’ meeting against Madrid is coming at the perfect time. Madrid is down by their standards, and the whole eye issue can’t be good news at all. Betis is confident, and has everything to gain in Saturday’s match.
Betis’ Rubén Castro has led the way in scoring for the team this year with six goals. His form will be needed to help orchestrate an upset. Avoiding a red card will also be crucial, as the color red has plagued the squad this season. Betis have not recently enjoyed success, with their 13th place finish last season being their best in the last five campaigns. They will look to return to their form of the four seasons previous to that, were they finished no lower than ninth and as high as fourth in 2004-05.