Having produced a great 3-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday, Real Madrid travel to play Real Betis in La Liga on Sunday night.
Real Betis start the weekend in 8th place and still have hopes of qualifying for the Europa League this season. The hosts will be hoping they can cause an upset by winning this match and Sevilla and Villarreal both dropping points.
Real Madrid cannot afford to drop any more points this season and despite the win over PSG, Zidane remains under pressure. A win could see them move above Valencia into third.
Real Betis Form
Real Betis have responded well to 2 recent defeats by winning their last 2 matches in La Liga. They suffered a heavy home loss at the hands of Barcelona following by a 3-2 defeat at Celta Vigo but have bounced back with wins against Villarreal at home and Deportivo La Coruna away.
Results have been better away from home recently and Real Betis have won 3 of their last 5 on the road in comparison to 2 of their last 5 at the Estadio Benito Villamarin.
Real Betis have lost 3 of their last 6 home games by 2 or more goals and have struggled when coming up against other top teams on home soil including Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. However, the players are sure to raise their game further and use what they learned from those matches to give Real Madrid a good game.
Real Madrid Form
Real Madrid came back from behind to defeat Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 at home in the Champions League in mid-week and Zinedine Zidane will be hoping that result is the catalyst for a good run of form until the end of the season.
They have produced some good results at home recently but away form has continued to be problematic and last time out Real Madrid were held to a 2-2 at Levante, which was a disappointing result.
Real Madrid have won only 1 of their last 6 away matches in La Liga, which is not good enough to be challenging for the title. However, Los Blancos have remained undefeated in 10 of their last 12 La Liga games and have lost just one away match in the league this season.
Real Betis will be without Joel Campbell, Antonio Sanabria and Zouhair Feddal, who are all injured. Loren may continue in attack as he has performed well since making his debut for the club against Villarreal.
Real Madrid will be without Toni Kroos in midfield and the German will be a big loss to Real Madrid. Zidane is expected to make some changes with a busy schedule ahead and Gareth Bale, Theo Hernandez, Dani Carvajal and Marco Asensio may all start the match.
Top Betting Tips
Real Betis do not draw many games in La Liga but this could be one of them, as they are sure to put up a good fight against a Real Madrid who could be missing some key players. The draws is on offer at 9/2 with Ladbrokes.
Real Madrid matches usually involve goals and Real Betis have been involved in some high scoring matches across the campaign. This could be an exciting match and over 3.5 goals is 4/7 at William Hill.
With Real Madrid struggling to win away from home, the handicap market is providing some good value and Real Betis +2 at Evens with Coral looks a decent bet for this game.