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Prediction: Real Betis vs Girona

Jamie Jones in Free Soccer Predictions, La Liga 19 Dec 2023

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Prediction: Girona to win 2-1

Best Odds: 8/1

Bookmaker: Zetbet

Real Betis and Girona will lock horns with each other in La Liga this week. The match between Manuel Pellegrini’s side and Míchel Sánchez’s team will be held at Estadio Benito Villamarín and is scheduled to kick off at 6 pm UK time on Thursday.

Real Betis

Real Betis are one of the biggest and most established clubs in La Liga. While they do not tend to finish in the UEFA Champions League places in the league table, their aim every season is to qualify for Europe. Betis ended up as high as sixth in the league table last season.

Betis are doing well at the moment. Manuel Pellegrini’s side are ow seventh in the La Liga table. Los Verderones have picked up 27 points from 17 matches. They are seven points behind fourth-placed Atletico Madrid.

El Glorioso will head into the match against Girona this week on the back of a goalless draw with Real Sociedad away from home in La Liga. It came after a 3-2 loss at the hands of Rangers in UEFA Europa League Group C.

Team News:

Real Betis are likely to line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Rui Silva will be in goal for the home team. Aitor Ruibal, German Pezzella, Chadi Riad and Abner will be the four defenders. Sergi Altimira and Marc Roca will be the two holding midfielders. Ayoze Perez, Isco and Abde Ezzalzouli will be the three attacking midfielders, Willian Jose will lead the line for the home team.

Girona

Girona have been the surprise package of the season in Spain. Not many expected to even end up in the top 10 of the La Liga table this campaign, but Blanquivermells could actually win the title. It would be a remarkable defeat for the Spanish club.

Míchel Sánchez’s side finished 10th in the La Liga table last season. Girona are now at the top of the league table with 44 points from 17 matches. They are two points clear of Spanish and European giants Real Madrid, who are second. Barcelona, who won the league title last season, are nine points behind Girona.

Girona will head into the La Liga match against Real Betis this week on the back of a 3-0 victory over Alavres at home in the league. It came after a 4-2 victory over Barcelona on the road in the league.

Team News:

Girona are likely to line up in a 3-4-2-1 formation against Real Betis. Paulo Gazzaniga will be in goal for the home team and will have Eric Garcia, David Lopez and Daley Blind ahead of them in defence. Tan Couto, Ivan Martin, Aleix Garcia and Miguel Gutierrez will be the four midfielders.  Artem Dovbyk will lead the line for Girona and will have Savio and Portu behind him in attacking midfield.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Real Betis have scored 19 goals in 17 La Liga matches this season.
  • Real Betis have conceded 17 goals in 17 La Liga matches this season.
  • Girona have lost just 1 La Liga game all season.
  • Girona have won 4 of their last 5 La Liga games.
  • Artem Dovbyk has scored 10 goals and given 4 assists in 16 La Liga matches this season.

Conclusion

Real Betis are doing well at the moment and are also at home. However, Girona are doing much better and have been the surprise package of the season. It is hard to see the visiting team lose. Blanquivermells are likely to eke out a narrow win.

Prediction: Girona to win 2-1

Best Odds: 8/1

Bookmaker: Zetbet

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jamie Jones


Jamie Jones is an experienced football journalist who has been working in the industry for years. Jamie watches all the major leagues in Europe, especially the Premier League and La Liga.

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