Betis – Real Sociedad SOCCER PICKS
Real Betis and Real Sociedad meet at Estadio Benito Villamarín, in a match for this phase of the Copa del Rey (8th Finals). The record of direct matches played in this stadium indicates total balance between these two teams, since there was 1 draw and 2 wins for each team in the last 5 matches. But the last time these two teams met in this stadium was on 02-12-2018, for the First Division, which ended with the victory of Real Betis by (1-0). Junior Firpo (33 ‘) scored the only goal of the game.
The home team reaches this phase of the Copa del Rey (8th Finals) after a home win by (4-0) and a win by (0-1) with Racing Santander. In the last match they played, for the First Division, they lost to Huesca by (2-1). In the last 10 home matches Real Betis has won 6, tied 3 and lost 1 of the last matches. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches. There are 2 periods that stand out in the last 14 home matches for all competitions: they have scored 7 of their 20 goals between minutes (76’-90 ‘); He suffered 4 of his 11 goals between the minutes (61’-75 ‘).
Real Betis leaves for this unmotivated game, after having lost in the field of Huesca, by 2-1, adding in this way the second match without tasting the taste of victory. In the last 10 matches, the locals won 6 victories. In this game against the fans, coach Quique Setién must organize the team in 3-5-2, privileging possession of the ball and attacks through the flanks. Sergio Canales will be the master of the team and he owns enormous technical quality. Giovani Lo Celso is one of the highlights of Real Betis, as it has 8 goals scored in several competitions. For this game the coach can not count on the injured Sidnei, Firpo and Inui.
The visiting team reached this phase of the Copa del Rey (8th Finals) after having eliminated Celta de Vigo, with a victory by (2-0) at home and a draw by (1-1) away in the previous round. The team comes to this match after a win away with Real Madrid by (0-2). In the last 10 away matches for all competitions, Real Sociedad won 4, drew 2 and lost 4. The team allowed goals to the opponent in 7 of the last 10 matches, so there are defensive processes that need improvement. In 15 games, they only had 1 comeback in the 8 games in which they suffered the first goal.
The Real Sociedad starts for this game with a victory, by 0-2, in the displacement to Real Madrid’s field. However, we emphasize that the visitors won only 4 victories in the last 10 matches played. In this game away from home, the coach Imanol Alguacil must act in the usual tactical system, the 4-3-3, privileging the defensive organization and the passes in depth for the attack: Mikel Merino is the brain of the team, being the responsible for organizing and creating the offensive process. On the other hand, Mikel Oyarzabal is the best score of Real Sociedad, with 6 goals scored. For this game the visiting coach can not count on Merquelanz and Moya, both injured.