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Our Spanish expert has been impressed by the side from Seville and expects them to be ahead at half-time on Thursday

For a side that have lost their opening two league matches, Betis can feel extremely positive about their start to the season.

Four minutes from claiming a well-earned draw at Santiago Bernabeu on the opening weekend of the season, the Verdiblancos had nearly 20 shots on goal in their home defeat by Celta Vigo on Sunday.

Pepe Mel's men have been playing attractive, attacking football and lead 2-1 from the Europa League playoff first leg against Jablonec, and BetVictor price them at 4/11 (1.36) for the win.

The Czech visitors, meanwhile, can be backed at 9/1 (10.00) with the draw offered at 21/5 (5.20).

Given Betis' impressive performances so far, it would make sense to back them in their own stadium against - in theory - much weaker opposition.

Investing in them to win outright does not overly appeal at the price quoted yet backing them to win the first half at 3/4 (1.75) looks much more attractive.

Betis have opened the scoring in the first half in two of the three competitive fixtures they have contested this season, and one would think that a repeat this evening should see them leading at the break.

Given the score is only 2-1 from the first leg, Betis will still have to field a strong side and force a high-tempo start and if they do that they should comfortably win the first half.

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Real Betis to lead at half-time at 3/4 (1.75) 1.5pts with BetVictor

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV Presenter in Madrid

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