Real Betis Wants Back in Europe Play
Real Betis has just been eliminated from European competition over the week and will face Mallorca on Sunday to remain in the top five of La Liga. If Real Betis can hold this position for the rest of the season, seven points away from dropping out of the top six, the club could be in European play again next season.
Real Betis drew with Villarreal on Sunday, 1-1, unable to hold on to a first-half goal by leading scorer Borja Iglesias. Mallorca also drew with top-four side Real Sociedad, 1-1, coming back from allowing an early goal.
Real Betis Competing For Top Four
With Real Betis eliminated by Manchester United in the Round of 16 of the Europa League, it’s now focusing everything on La Liga. The club is just three points from breaking into the top four and Champions League qualification.
Based on how Betis is playing, the soccer odds may be in its favor. The club has gone undefeated in its last five league games, which featured two draws, including one facing second-place Real Madrid, finishing 0-0.
The balance in the squad has helped the club succeed this season. In attack, Real Betis is averaging the fifth most goals per game (1.3) and seventh-most shot attempts on target (4.2). Iglesias headlines the attacking front, tied for fifth for the league’s golden boot at 11.
Defensively, Real Betis has been good enough. It is allowing a goal per game, ranked seventh in La Liga, but is also tied for the third most clean sheets, with nine. This has helped increase its odds of finishing in the top four in many sportsbooks.
Mallorca Hanging Mid Table
Overall, Mallorca has struggled this season. It is just outside the relegation battle, only six points from placing 18th. However, it is still 10th on the table and also six points from sixth and possible European qualification. Soccer betting has it set up to be a mid-table team, which accurately depicts Mallorca’s season.
The team has struggled to score throughout this term, averaging 0.9 goals on the second fewest shot attempts on target per match (3.2). Its expected goals are 22.8, the second lowest in La Liga.
What the team can do on defense keeps Mallorca holding on. The club allows a goal per game, placing it seventh, tied with Real Betis. On top of that, it has eight clean sheets but not one in its last five matches. Part of the success on defense has been the team’s physicality. It leads La Liga in fouls per game and the total number of yellow cards.
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— Real Mallorca (@RCD_Mallorca) March 14, 2023
In the draw with Real Sociedad, Mallorca was a heavy undergod according to soccer lines. It was a big game for the club to hold its own against a talented team, and it will have to do the same on Sunday.
Real Betis vs Mallorca Head-to-Head
Real Betis and Mallorca last met in the second week of the season. Real Betis won 2-1 with two penalties on the road. Last season, Real Betis won its game at home 2-1. Mallorca has not won this matchup since 2013.
Real Betis vs Mallorca Match Information
- Match: Real Betis (12-6-7) vs Mallorca (9-5-11)
- Date/Time: Sunday, March 19th, 9:00 a.m. EST
- Location: Benito Villamarín Stadium, Seville, Spain
- Real Betis vs Mallorca Live Stream: fubo.tv
Real Betis vs Mallorca Betting Lines
Real Betis vs Mallorca Picks and Prediction
The scores and odds heavily lean in Real Betis’ favor. However, Mallorca was able to hold its own in its last game against a similarly talented opponent.
Still, Real Betis has dominated this matchup in recent history and should be favored. Despite not being able to start its best 11, it still should be able to do enough to beat Mallorca, with Real Betis getting the added advantage of being home.
The Betis are listed at -120 in our Vegas La Liga lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Betis, you have a chance to win $83. The Mallorca is +380 and offers a chance to win $380 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Betis a 54.55% chance to win, with Mallorca at 20.83%.