Malaga vs Betis / La Liga – Both teams are big disappointments so far, and Malaga is in the relegation zone and it is clear that they cannot be satisfied with it, but it is comforting that they are playing better lately. Betis had European ambitions and their individual quality is not questionable, but they are playing far below that quality and that is why they are at the bottom of the table, but they still have seven points more than their host. Betis is without a win for almost two months, and Malaga had three matches without defeat. Last season Betis celebrated in both mutual duels. Begins: 18.12.2017. – 21:00 CET
Overall, this is the weak first part of the season for Malaga, but they can be comforted that they are playing their best football ever. In the previous six rounds they have achieved all three victories, and they also played one draw and lost twice against Villarreal and Real, which was also to be expected. In Madrid they had even excellent resistance and lost with 3-2, and those were the first goals for Malaga away this season.
They were eliminated from the Cup by Numancia and played a weak draw with Levante in their field, while they in the last round finally recorded their first home win, namely, those were their first points outside Malaga in general and they defeated Real Sociedad with 2-0. Because of their excellent game, they will send a completely same composition to the field, because they do not have new problems with absences.
Probable lineups Malaga: Roberto – Rosales, Hernandet, Baysse, D.Gonzalez – Keko, Recio, A.Gonzalez, Castro – Penaranda, Borja Baston
At the beginning of the season, there was some euphoria in the ranks of Betis because they started pretty well, they even defeated Real in Madrid and were the fifth on the table at one moment. They are now in depression because they have not celebrated in six championship matches and they have clearly fallen in the bottom of the table. They were eliminated from the Cup and all they did in the mentioned six rounds were two home draws with results 2-2. They were saving themselves both times from the defeat, while they have not scored any goals in the aforementioned series.
Especially painful was the one at Eibar with as many as 5-0, and then at Las Palmas and from Atletico in their field, when they lost with 1-0. After all, this last defeat was expected, given the strength of their opponent. Center-back Amat was not in the team due to suspension, and J.Garcia did not play due to injury, while Camaras remained on the bench. Now, J.Garcia should be ready and in that case he will replace Guardado, who cannot play due to cards.
Probable lineups Betis Sevilla: Adan – Barragan, Mandi, Feddal, Durmisi – J.Garcia, Fabian, Boudebouz – Joaquin, Tello, Sergio Leon
Malaga vs Betis PICK
It is an important match for both teams, because Malaga is in the relegation zone and they are hoping to continue with good games, while Betis hopes to stop a series of bad results. They could be set a little more cautious and there will not be a lot of goals in that case.
Pick: Under 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.93 at William Hill (down to 1.83 can be played)