Betis hosts Rayo Vallecano in the second leg of the Spanish Copa del Rey. The match will be played on Thursday, March 3rd at Estadio Benito Villamarín (Sevilla)
Betis started its way in the Spanish Cup from the first round. The Green-Whites eliminated Independiente Alicante (4-0), Talavera (4-2 after ET), Valladolid (3-0), Sevilla (2-1), and Real Sociedad (4-0). So far, Betis can bring this season into their assets. Pellegrini’s men have a good chance of reaching the final of the Spanish Cup, hold their position in the top three of the La Liga standings, and will play against Eintracht Frankfurt in the 1/8 finals of the Europa League. However, the Green-Whites may be slightly upset ahead of the upcoming game. On February 27, Betis interrupted a 5-match unbeaten streak, losing to their bitter rival Sevilla away (2-1). Sergio Canales scored for the Green-Whites in the 94th minute.
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Andoni Iraola’s team started their performance in the Spanish Cup from the 1st round. Rayo Vallecano knocked out Guijuelo (1-1 and 4-3 on penalties), Bergantinos (3-1), Mirandes (1-0), Girona (2-1), and Mallorca (1-0). However, the latest results of the Red Sashes do not inspire optimism. After a victory over Mallorca in the Cup, they lost five consecutive games in all tournaments. Moreover, they earned only one point in the last seven LaLiga matches, having suffered six defeats. On February 26, Rayo Vallecano did not cope with Real Madrid in the derby (0-1), losing the third game in a row in front of their native stands. The Red Sashes could have achieved a draw if they hadn’t conceded a goal from Karim Benzema in the 83rd minute.
The last head-to-head match took place on February 9 in the capital of Spain. The first semifinal leg of the Spanish Cup ended with the victory of the guests from Sevilla (1-2). Rayo Vallecano only needs a victory now, and Betis will be satisfied even with a draw. For the Red Sashes, who are used to playing defense first, the match in Seville will be a difficult test, as they perform poorly on foreign pitches. They have the worst away indicators in LaLiga. In 12 away matches, Rayo Vallecano gained only one victory and two draws and scored eight goals. Betis plays in three tournaments, so the coaching staff will bet on maintaining the advantage obtained away. The Green-Whites acted similarly in the last Europa League match against Zenit. Having won away with a score of 3-2, they played the score in the second leg and were satisfied with a goalless draw. Therefore, you can take a chance and bet on low production in the upcoming match.