Betis have been really inconsistent lately but they have been participating in a lot of competitions. They will now return home for their next match, where they will host Alaves on Sunday for the La Liga. Alaves have not been in very good shape either lately but are coming off a win. And they can certainly take advantage of the congested period of fixtures for Betis.
Date/Time: 2-17-2019, 14:45 EST
Spread: Betis -0.5
Total: 2.25 Goals
Betis (9-9-5) fought tooth and nail in their away match against Rennes in the Europa League. Their opponents took a two-goal lead in the first ten minutes but Betis were great. They were actually losing by 1-3 at the end of the first half but scored twice in the second half to take a really great advantage. But they have played in the Europa League, La Liga and Copa del Rey in the past week. Betis have a lot to take care of right now and they are struggling. They have won just once in their last seven (1-2-4) and this match spells danger. Betis are sitting at the 8th spot of the league table with 32 points. They are three points behind Alaves and the top-six spots. Betis have been solid as hosts this season (6-3-3), where they have three more wins and five draws in other competitions.
On the other hand, Alaves (10-8-5) were excellent in their home match against Levante. They took an early lead and pretty much dominated the entire match. They sealed the three points with a goal at the stoppage time and were great in the defense too. Alaves really needed that win as they had lost three in a row prior to that match. Even so, they are sitting at the 6th spot with 35 points, one ahead of Real Sociedad. The top six spots grant entrance to the European competitions and there are a lot of teams that are looking to capitalize on any possible mistakes. Alaves have been hit-or-miss on the road so far (4-7-1). They have scored just 11 goals and have conceded 20 in the process. They haven’t had much luck lately, winning just one of their last eight away matches (1-6-1).
The two teams split the points in a blank draw earlier in the season and the match-up is pretty balanced. Betis have won eight times, Alaves have won six and three were draws. Betis just slightly have the upper hand as hosts over the years (4-3-1).
But they have a lot to deal with right now and the fatigue will surely make an appearance. Alaves are not a very easy opponent and this does not look good for a tired Betis side. I don’t know what the bookmakers are thinking with those odds. I will go against the favorite here and pick Alaves to cover the spread.
La Liga Betis vs Alaves Prediction: Alaves +0.5 (+105)
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