Real Betis - Malaga Betting Preview: Why the hosts should be backed for victory

The home side have been in decent form and our in-form La Liga expert, Phil Kitromilides, expects their late charge for survival to continue with a win on Monday
Real Betis's mini-revival may have come too late to avoid relegation but, if the side from Seville do go down, they will go down fighting.

Los Verdiblancos gave themselves a sliver of hope with their midweek win at Levante and, while they remain massive favorites for the drop, another win against Andalusian rivals Malaga on Monday would further reinforce their belief.

Malaga, for their part, are also very much embroiled in the scrap for survival, with Bernd Schuster's men seemingly unable to drag themselves to safety.

There should be a decent atmosphere in the Benito Villamarin for what is a local derby of massive importance then and bet365 price a home win at 6/5 (2.20). Malaga, meanwhile, are offered at 23/10 (3.30), with the draw available at the same price.

Analysing both teams, it would seem that the hosts offer more value and, in a must-win game, an in-form Betis seem like a better option than a deeply inconsistent Malaga.

Indeed, Betis's only defeat in the last five games has come at the hands of high-flying Atletico Madrid and, even then, Gaby Calderon's side made life extremely tough for Los Colchoneros.

Betis are a better team than their league position suggests and they are finally starting to show it, albeit potentially too late. Malaga's main problem has been finding the back of the net, with Roque Santa Cruz their top scorer on five goals.

That tells its own story and, with Betis's forward pairing of Ruben Castro and Leo Baptistao blossoming, there is every chance they will overcome their opponents from the Costa del Sol on Monday evening.

Real Betis to win at 6/5 (2.20) for 2.0pts with bet365

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