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November 5, 2011 7:00 PM GMT
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La Liga Preview: Betis v Malaga

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

By Karthick Arvinth

Van Nistelrooy, Baptista and Cazorla (Malaga)
PROSHOTS

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 were league leaders a little over a month ago, having won all four of their 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 have 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.



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Spain - Primera Division ‎(LIGA)‎ Nov 3, 2013 Malaga 3 - Betis 2
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Spain - Primera Division ‎(LIGA)‎ Feb 24, 2013 Betis 3 - Malaga 0
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Spain - Primera Division ‎(LIGA)‎ Sep 29, 2012 Malaga 4 - Betis 0
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Spain - Primera Division ‎(LIGA)‎ Mar 31, 2012 Malaga 0 - Betis 2
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Last Five Matches
Betis
Apr 13, 2014Betis 0 - Sevilla 2LIGA
Apr 5, 2014FC Barcelona 3 - Betis 1LIGA
Mar 31, 2014Betis 1 - Malaga 2LIGA
Mar 27, 2014Levante 1 - Betis 3LIGA
Mar 23, 2014Betis 0 - Atletico Madrid 2LIGA
Malaga
Apr 14, 2014Athletic Bilbao 3 - Malaga 0LIGA
Apr 6, 2014Malaga 4 - Granada 1LIGA
Mar 31, 2014Betis 1 - Malaga 2LIGA
Mar 25, 2014Malaga 1 - Espanyol 2LIGA
Mar 21, 2014Celta 0 - Malaga 2LIGA
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
13CastoGoalkeeper
2IsidoroDefender
5DoradoDefender
15UstaritzDefender
23NachoMidfielder
7BeñatMidfielder
-IrineyMidfielder
21José CañasStriker
24PozueloMidfielder
19Jorge MolinaStriker
24Rubén CastroStriker
30Fabricio Agosto RamírezGoalkeeper
36Álex MartínezDefender
5MatillaMidfielder
-EzequielMidfielder
14Salva SevillaMidfielder
23Jonathan PereiraStriker
-Jefferson Antonio MonteroMidfielder
13Willy CaballeroGoalkeeper
2Jesús GámezDefender
26Martín DemichelisDefender
-Joris MathijsenDefender
17MonrealDefender
17JoaquínMidfielder
8Jérémy ToulalanMidfielder
19Santi CazorlaMidfielder
17DudaMidfielder
23IscoMidfielder
23RondónStriker
25RubénGoalkeeper
3WeligtonDefender
18EliseuMidfielder
6CamachoMidfielder
-Diego BuonanotteMidfielder
21Sebastián Fernández MiglierinaStriker
26JuanmiStriker
Players to Watch
Jonathan Pereira
Jonathan Pereira
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 23
Games Goals YC RC
25 3 3 0
With the continued absence of Roque Santa Cruz, Pereira remains a key goal threat for Betis, and his team need him to start finding the target if they are to break their current run of six consecutive defeats.
Santi Cazorla
Santi Cazorla
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 19
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The club's most expensive signing has so far lived up to his billing, producing a series of superb performances even as his team have in general struggled for consistency. His creativity remains vital for Malaga to achieve what their ambitious owners desire this season.
Prediction
After a promising start Betis are suffering from a desperately poor run of form, and are unlikely to be given sympathy by a Malaga side still with much to prove after their expenditure in the summer.
Editor's Prediction
Betis 1
Malaga 2
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
27 5
Messi Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0