On Thursday, the offerings are somewhat weaker than in the previous two days, and this time we have analyzed the match that will be played at Benito Villamarin, where Betis and Girona will measure their strengths. The start of the match between these two teams is scheduled for 19:00.
Betis: Three consecutive draws in the league, is it time for a triumph?
Older football enthusiasts certainly know that Betis has won the Spanish league title once, way back in 1934. Among their significant achievements, it’s important to highlight three trophies in the Copa del Rey, with the last one being just a year ago, when the team from Andalusia was better than Valencia in the grand final, winning after a penalty shootout.
Looking back at the last season, there’s really nothing to criticize about Manuel Pellegrini’s choices, as they finished in sixth place in the table, earning the Greens another spot in the Europa League. Speaking of Europe’s second-tier club competition, it’s worth mentioning that, unfortunately, the Andalusians didn’t manage to reach the knockout phase, ending up third in their group. Therefore, they have to settle for the Conference League, where the Spanish representative is expected to be one of the main favorites for the title.
In a crucial match, Pellegrini’s men were somewhat unexpectedly defeated at their own stadium by Rangers, with the game at Benito Villamarin ending in a 2-3 loss. As for this year’s Spanish La Liga, the Andalusians are currently in seventh place on the table, three points behind sixth-placed Real Sociedad.
These two teams measured their strengths in the last round at Anoeta, and the match ended in a draw, somewhat surprisingly without any goals. It’s also worth mentioning that before this, Betis played a quite good match in front of their home crowd against Real Madrid, ending in a 1-1 draw.
Finally, at home, the Greens have played eight matches so far and are one of the few teams that still haven’t experienced defeat at their stadium, as the former Copa del Rey winners have achieved five victories and three draws during this period.
Girona: Unbelievably good performances by the team from Catalonia!
Last season, Girona was never really in the conversation for relegation, as they played at a very high level for most of the championship and ultimately finished in an excellent tenth place in the table. However, at the start of this year’s edition of Spain’s top football league, the primary goal was again to stay in the top division. As time passes, it seems that even the biggest optimists couldn’t have predicted that Girona would play this well.
Currently, against all expectations, the Catalans find themselves in first place on the table, two points ahead of second-placed Real Madrid and six points more than third-placed Barcelona, which has a game in hand after Xavi’s team narrowly managed to beat Almeria 3-2 at home last night.
So far, under the guidance of coach Michel, who is doing an outstanding job at Girona, the team has played seventeen league matches, achieving an impressive fourteen victories, two draws, and just one defeat. That loss was at their own stadium against Real Madrid, with a score of 0-3.
In their last five league matches, the biggest surprise of the current Spanish La Liga season has secured four wins and only one draw, which was at their home against Athletic Bilbao. Bilbao is also performing well this season, currently sharing fourth place in the table and seemingly closer than ever to qualifying for Europe’s top club competition.
In the previous round, the league leaders played another excellent match, easily winning at their stadium against Alaves with a score of 3-0. The outcome of the match was never in doubt, with two goals in that game scored by Dovbik, who has so far netted ten goals, followed by the experienced Stuani, who has struck the opponent’s net six times.
Before this triumph in the last round, Girona played probably their best match of the season, winning 4-2 away at Barcelona. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that this victory for the league leaders could have been even more convincing.
Finally, it’s worth mentioning that the team from Catalonia is currently the best away team in La Liga, with Michel’s men achieving seven wins and just one draw in eight matches played away from their home ground.
Our Betting Suggestions
As we already mentioned in our analysis, Girona is playing beyond all expectations, and it’s certain that Stuani and his teammates will not easily give up their top spot on the table. However, the Andalusians are playing quite well this season, finding it hard to concede goals, though they also struggle to score. We believe that this time we will see a significantly different encounter, where both teams will aim for all three points, so goals should not be lacking. Therefore, we advise you to try playing Both teams to score – YES with odds of 1.55.
It might be too much to expect the league leader to also win this match. Considering Betis recently managed to hold their ground at home against Real Madrid, we believe they will be able to do the same against Girona. Hence, we boldly recommend focusing on the double chance 1X (home win or draw) with odds of 1.57 at betBonanza.