* Betting odds were correct at the time of publication but are subject to change
Probably the derby of the round in La Liga is the Villarreal vs Real Betis duel, scheduled for Sunday, March 12th. With that in mind, we have a detailed preview of this game for you and some free betting tips for it, along with other La Liga predictions you can check out.
Our Top Villarreal vs Real Betis Predictions & Picks
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Villarreal and Real Betis to Draw
These two teams enter their duel separated by just four points and they are both currently in the race for a Top 4 spot, which would secure them a place in Champions League – with Real Betis currently being ahead.
Real Betis is also in a bit better form recently, but Villarreal enters this game after winning their last two. So, we can expect a very close duel and that's why our first Villarreal vs Real Betis prediction is for the match to end in a draw.
Under 2.5 Total Goals
Four of the last five head-to-head meetings between these two teams have gone under 2.5 total goals, which is why our second Villarreal vs Real Betis prediction is under 2.5 total goals.
On top of this, Villarreal averaged 2.13 goals per game in La Liga this season, while Real Betis averaged 2.38 goals per game in the league so far, which bodes well for our prediction.
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Best Odds, Stats, and More for Villarreal vs Real Betis
If you want to bet on the top Villarreal vs Real Betis odds, check our list of odds taken from different UK bookies:
Here is now a closer look at the top odds and markets for this game:
Villarreal odds: 19/20 (1.95) – 51.30% Probability
Draw odds: 14/5 (3.80) – 26.30% Probability
Real Betis odds: 31/10 (4.10) – 24.40% Probability
We can see that Villarreal is favoured to win this match, perhaps even to a greater extent than we expected. Meanwhile, the main favourite to be the First Goalscorer in this game is Gerard Moreno at 9/2 (5.50) odds, which implies a 18.20% probability. Also, the most likely Correct Score in this duel is a 1-1 draw at 33/5 (7.60) odds – 13.20%.
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Villarreal – Real Betis Preview: Team News, Recent Form, and Possible Lineups
You can find all the latest news and information on both teams here, including our predicted Villarreal vs Real Betis lineups.
After a bad run of form, Villarreal seems to be getting back to their good form since they have won two games in a row in La Liga now. Thanks to this, they managed to get to the sixth place in the standings, although they are still seven points behind the team in the fourth place, which leads to Champions League, and four points behind Real Betis in fifth place, their next opponent.
Meanwhile, only Francis Coquelin is currently on the team's injury list, so the Yellow Submarine is in good shape in that regard.
Villarreal Predicted Lineup:
Reina – Foyth, Albiol, P. Torres, A. Moreno – Capoue, Parejo, Baena – Chukwueze, G. Moreno, Pino
With three wins and one draw in the last four matches in La Liga, the team from Sevilla is once again on a good run and they are currently sitting in the fifth place in the standings. More importantly, Real Betis is now just three points behind Real Sociedad and four points behind Atletico Madrid as they try to get into the Top 4 and play Champions League next season.
When it comes to team news, Nabil Fekir and Juan Cruz are currently out with injuries, while William Carvalho is suspended right now.
Real Betis Predicted Lineup:
Bravo – Sabaly, Pezzella, Felipe, Miranda – Rodriguez, Guardado – Ruibal, Canales, Perez – Iglesias
Teams commonly release their starting lineups around one hour before the kickoff.
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Player to Watch: Raul Albiol
Since we expect a close game and we don't see many goals being scored, our player to watch in this match is Raul Albio, despite the fact that both teams have some interesting offensive weapons.
Still, Raul Albiol's experience on the defensive end is crucial for the Yellow Submarine and since they will likely have to keep a clean sheet if they want to beat Real Betis, the experienced Spaniard will have an important role in this game.