Elche has only won one of 22 games. It currently sits in place with nine points, 13 less than Almeria, the team sitting in 17th place and last in the safe zone. In other words, Elche only has one option: win.
As for Real Betis, Los Verdiblancos are back in the UEFA Champions League race after winning their last two games in great fashion. As expected, they come in as the betting online favorites but have struggled a little when playing on the road.
Elche: Milla Leading the Way
Last Sunday, Elche put up a really good fight against Espanyol but ended up losing 1-0. Sergi Darder scored the lone goal in stoppage time. Besides losing the match, Elche also lost Jose Carmona, who was sent off in the second half, for Friday’s game.
Elche has just one win in 22 games. That win was at home against Villarreal, a team very similar to Betis. Elche won 3-1, with Pere Milla named the Most Valuable Player after scoring all three goals. Milla is the main reason for you to consider including the home side in your La Liga picks. He has scored six goals and will lead the attacking unit as the lone striker since the team will rely on the counterattack.
The coaching staff has no major injury concerns. Besides Carmona, the rest of the team is ready to die on the field in order to keep hope alive.
Betis: Dark Horse
I hope you followed our advice of wagering on the over in Betis vs Real Valladolid because Real Betis won the game 2-1. Juanmi Jimenez scored the opener only two minutes into the game, while Sergio Canales sealed the deal right before halftime.
That result allowed Betis to remain four points behind Atletico Madrid, the team currently sitting in fourth place, which is the last to grant a ticket for the Champions League. If the season ended today, Betis would qualify for the Europa League, but the club wants more.
Borja Iglesias leads Betis in scoring with nine goals. There are also Jimenez and Canales, who have scored four goals each. In the end, we’re talking about a well-balanced squad on both sides of the field.
Los Verdiblancos are Ev (expected value) in the sportsbook to win straight up. Yes, there’s a 28-point gap between these two, but Betis has lost four games when playing on the road, and one was against Valencia, the team sitting in nineteenth place.
Elche vs Betis Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 51
- Elche Victories: 15 (59 goals)
- Betis Victories: 20 (88 goals)
- Draws: 16
Betis was the La Liga betting favorite in the first meeting against Elche, winning 3-0 with Juanmi Jimenez as Man of the Match after scoring a brace.
But don’t feel bad for Elche. Believe it or not, we’re talking about a pretty even series. Betis won three of their last seven encounters, while Elche won two, including the last time they collided in Seville.
Elche vs Betis Match Information
- Match: Elche vs Real Betis
- Date/Time: Friday, Feb. 24, 3:00 p.m. ET
- Location: Martinez Valero, Elche
- Elche vs Betis Live stream: fubo.tv
Elche vs Betis Betting Lines
Elche vs Betis Picks and Prediction
Elche will put up a good fight. If being on the verge of relegation doesn’t motivate it, nothing will. Nevertheless, it won’t be enough to pull off the stunner. Betis has won five games when playing on the road, scoring two or more goals in four of them. I expect that trend to continue Friday, meaning you should include the team’s total in your betting ticket. Iglesias, Jimenez, and Canales are too much to handle, and no other team has allowed more goals than Elche with 45.