Real Betis vs. Espanyol 6/25/20 La Liga Soccer Picks and Prediction
Espanyol (5-9-16) at Real Betis (8-10-12)
La Liga Soccer: Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Estadio Benito Villamartin)
The Line: Real Betis +120 / Draw +230 / Espanyol +235 -- O/U: 2.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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Real Betis play host to Espanyol in La Liga soccer action from the Estadio Benito Villamartin on Thursday afternoon.
Real Betis enter this match sitting in 14th place, tied with Valladolid on 34 points with a record of 8 wins, 10 draws and 12 losses after a 1-0 loss to Athletic Bilbao in their last match. In the loss to Bilbao, Real Betis fell behind in the 7th minute and the goal would hold up through the half and for most of the second half when Betis were gifted a lifeline to try and tie the game from the penalty spot, but Sergio Canales would step up and sky the penalty about 20 rows deep, leaving Betis empty-handed at full time. Loren Moron leads Betis in scoring with 9 goals while Joaquin has 8 goals and Nabil Fekir has 7 goals with 4 assists. Emerson leads Real Betis in the assist department with 5 assists this year. Joel Robles leads Betis in goal, conceding 1.35 goals per 90 minutes with 4 clean sheets in 29 league appearances this season.
Espanyol on the other hand, come into this match in last place, sitting in 20th out of 20 with 24 points and a record of 5 wins, 9 draws and 16 losses following a 3-1 loss to Levante last time out. In the loss to Levante, Espanyol fell behind after just 14 minutes but David Lopez would tie the game at one for Espanyol in the 28th. Levante would retake the lead in the 67th minute, and despite owning 57% possession in the second half, Espanyol wouldn’t be able to get back into the match, with the nail in the coffin coming in the form of an 87th minute own goal from Adria Pedrosa to make it 3-1 Levante. Wu Lei and Raul de Tomas lead Espanyol in scoring with 4 goals apiece, while Adrian Embarba, Matias Vargas and Jonathan Calleri each have 3 assists on the year. Diego Lopez is the top goaltender for Espanyol, conceding 1.56 goals per 90 minutes with 4 clean sheets in 29 league appearances this season.
The last four meetings across all competitions have ended in a draw, and to be honest, I think it becomes five here. Betis just haven’t been playing well out of the gate since the restart and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them fighting for survival in the last couple of games, while Espanyol is running out of chances to pick up points down the stretch, but I mean at least they’re trying. I’m going to side with the draw here as well as the correct scores of 1-1 and 0-0 for sizeable plus odds for some side action.