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  • November 5, 2011
  • • 3:00 PM
  • • Estadio Benito Villamarín, Sevilla
  • Referee: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes
  • • Attendance: 36000
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La Liga Preview: Real Betis - Malaga

La Liga Preview: Real Betis - Malaga

PROSHOTS

Goal.com previews the weekend meeting between Pepe Mel's hosts, who are currently in freefall after a promising start, and Manuel Pellegrini's big-spending visitors


PROBABLE LINEUPS

BETIS


Casto
Isidoro, Dorado, Ustaritz, Nacho
Iriney, Benat, Canas
Castro, Pereira, Pozuelo


MALAGA


Caballero
Gamez, Demichelis, Mathijsen, Monreal
 Toulalan, Duda
Joaquin, Cazorla, Isco
Rondon


Roque Santa Cruz remains on the sidelines as Betis look to reverse a torrid run of form that has seen them lose six games on the bounce.

Last weekend’s narrow defeat at Racing Santander means Pepe Mel's promoted side sit just four points off the relegation zone. The coach may persist with the same team that played on Sunday, with defenders Javi Chica and Mario remaining injury doubts.

Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini has no new injury concerns ahead of the Andalusian derby, with Willy Caballero and Apono expected to shake off minor knocks sustained in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Espanyol. The game comes too soon for Brazilian midfielder Julio Baptista however, who sits out with a foot injury.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Real Betis was league leaders a little over a month ago, having won all four of its opening matches
  • Betis’ last home win against Malaga was a 3-0 triumph in January 2004.

  • Seville-based Betis hold the distinction of being the first team from Andalusia to compete in La Liga.
  • Malaga has avoided defeat in their last five league encounters with Betis (W3 D2 L0) – a run that stretches back to late-2005.
  • Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla is Malaga’s leading scorer this season with four goals.
  • Malaga became one of the richest clubs in La Liga following last year’s takeover by Sheikh Al-Thani, a member of the Qatari Royal Family.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Real Betis

Málaga

Wins
3
0
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Real Betis Balompié BET
Real Betis Balompié Real Betis
Draw
Málaga CF MAL
Málaga CF Málaga
22%
65%

Top 3 Predictions

Real Betis Balompié BET
1 - 2
Málaga CF MAL
Real Betis Balompié BET
0 - 1
Málaga CF MAL
Real Betis Balompié BET
0 - 2
Málaga CF MAL

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