Betis-Athletic Bilbao Betting Preview: Why the home side should score at least twice

After four winning selections over the weekend our Spanish expert Phil Kitromilides believes Betis have more than enough to find the back of the net twice this evening
Betis are fast becoming one of the most entertaining sides in La Liga, with the team from Seville on an impressive run of form.

Five wins in their last seven matches has elevated them to genuine contenders for fourth spot and if they are to cement their place among this season's Champions League candidates, three points against Athletic Bilbao on Monday are a must.

Bet365 make them odds-on favourites for the victory tonight at 10/11 (1.90) while Athletic can be backed at 3/1 (4.00) and the draw is offered at 5/2 (3.50).

One of the fundamental reasons behind Betis' attractive style of play and indeed their recent success is their ability to score goals.

Pepe Mel's men have failed to score only twice in their last 22 league games, and backing them to continue being in the goals seems to be the best way forward, especially considering Athletic's poor defensive record.

The Basques have conceded two or more goals 11 times in the league this season, and with Betis in decent scoring form and boasting one of the most confident strikers in the division in Ruben Castro, backing the home to side to score over 1.5 goals at 5/6 (1.83) would appear to be an excellent option.

This bet looks even more inviting when you consider than Athletic have conceded two or more goals in nine of their last 11 away matches in the league.

For a value bet invest in the evergreen Castro to open the scoring for Betis at 4/1 (5.00). With three goals in his last four matches. The man from Gran Canaria is in superb form and is always a decent shout for first goalscorer.

Real Betis to score over 1.5 goals at 5/6 (1.83) with Bet365
Ruben Castro first goal scorer at 4/1 (5.00) with Bet365

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports broadcaster working on TV in Madrid. You can also follow Phil on Twitter.