If the season ended today, these would be the four La Liga teams to qualify for the UEFA Champions League: Villarreal, Real Madrid, Real Betis, and … Osasuna. That’s right, Real Betis and Osasuna have had a great start, which is why we couldn’t ignore this matchup.
Yes, the season is only beginning, but whoever wins on Friday will end up even more motivated, and possibly atop the standings. As expected, Los Verdiblancos come in as the soccer betting favorites, but Los Rojillos already defeated Sevilla, a team with which Betis is heavily compared.
Real Betis: Iglesias on Fire
Forget about Karim Benzema and Robert Lewandowski and make some room for Borja Iglesias, La Liga’s top scorer with three goals in two games.
First, Iglesias scored the opener against Elche on Matchday 1, a game Real Betis ended up winning 3-0. Most recently, he scored a brace as Los Verdiblancos defeated Mallorca 2-1 on the road. Both goals were from the penalty spot, but he still deserves a lot of credit. Scoring twice from the penalty spot isn’t easy. Just ask Eden Hazard, who couldn’t even score one. The Belgian missed a penalty during Real Madrid’s visit to Vigo.
Anyway, you can expect Iglesias to be highly motivated. And if for some reason Iglesias is having a bad day, Los Verdiblancos can rely on Juanmi Jimenez, who scored a brace against Elche. Last season, Jimenez scored 14 goals while Iglesias scored 12, so you can expect a lot more from them.
Basically, they’re the main reason for you to consider including Los Verdiblancos in your soccer picks, especially at -130, which is a very good price considering we’re also talking about the Copa del Rey reigning champs. Summing up, this is a very confident team. Plus, playing 4-5-1 allows them to heavily rely on the counterattack when needed.
Osasuna: Feisty Underdog
Osasuna opened the season with a 2-1 victory over Sevilla. Los Rojillos weren’t the favorites, but that didn’t prevent them from putting up a good fight right from the start. Ezequiel Avila scored the opener only nine minutes into the game while Aimar Oroz scored the winning goal in the second half.
On Saturday, they were the betting online favorites against Cadiz and didn’t fail to meet expectations in a 2-1 win. Avila and Kike Garcia were the scorers, both from the penalty spot. Last season, Avila scored seven goals, meaning he’s on pace to set a personal record while playing for Los Rojillos.
“To begin the season with two home games and get six points is the best-case scenario, and we are happy. We can improve in some areas but earning points in this league is important. These six points will give us confidence and encourage us to keep improving,”said manager Jagoba Arrasate in an interview.
Yes, Osasuna haven’t played on the road, but last season they won more games away than at home. Additionally, they scored more goals and allowed less when playing as the visitors. That and a +350 price makes them a really tempting online gambling underdog. A $100 wager could turn into a $450 payout.
Real Betis vs Osasuna Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 73
- Real Betis Victories: 37 (106 goals)
- Osasuna Victories: 24 (93 goals)
- Draws: 12
Last season, Real Betis had no trouble defeating Osasuna twice. First, Los Verdiblancos won at El Sadar 3-1 with Kike Hermoso, Jimenez and William Jose as the scorers. Later, they won 4-1 at Benito Villamarin with Jimenez as the Man of the Match after scoring twice.
Los Rojillos defeated Betis for the last time, in La Liga, in the 2013-14 season. It was a 2-1 victory at home.
Real Betis vs Osasuna Game Information
- Date: Friday, Aug. 26
- Time: 4 p.m. ET
- Location: Estadio Benito Villamarin, Seville
- Real Betis vs Osasuna Live Stream: fubo.tv
Real Betis vs Osasuna Betting Lines
Real Betis vs Osasuna Prediction
Real Betis owns a 7-1-2 record in its last 10 meetings with Osasuna. In that span, Los Verdiblancos scored 19 goals while Los Rojillos only scored seven. In other words, forget about an upset. The home side is highly motivated, especially its attacking unit, which is why our soccer prediction is a 2-0 victory for Los Verdiblancos. The team total (1½) for Real Betis going over is offering a -115 price, which means you need to invest $115 to win $100.
Score Prediction: Real Betis 2, Osasuna 0