Real Madrid hosts Betis in round 38 of Spanish LaLiga. The match will be played on Sunday, May 19th at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu (Madrid)
The Madrid Club had spent a bad season, as for its level. In the Champions League, the Whites were shamefully knocked out by Ajax at the 1/8 finals stage, and they will definitely be in third place in LaLiga. Real will begin the next season in the Champions League group stage, which means that the team will need major changes in the offseason. The president Florentino Perez understands that serious money is needed for the resuscitation of the team, and he will allocate it, besides Zinedine Zidane will have an incredibly large credit of trust in the upcoming season.
Exactly a year ago, Zidane wanted to make a restructuring, but Perez did not allow it then; as a result, the Frenchman resigned, but now the head coach will dictate the rules. As for the position of the goalkeeper, Navas will leave and Courtois will be the first number, but Zidane must decide who will become the reserve keeper: either Ukrainian Lunin or the son of the head coach, Luka. If we talk about defenders, then there is no change foreseen. There will definitely be rearrangements in the central zone - Zidane really wants to get Kante. Casemiro, Modric and Kroos are unlikely to be begged to stay at the club. They will be simply not needed if Pogba comes. Real Madrid also continues to hunt for Eden Hazard, who has a conflict with Sarri in Chelsea. As for the left flank, Asensio and Lucas Vazquez will certainly have to compete for this position, but it’s high time for Isco to leave the team. Jovic from Frankfurt may appear in the attack. However, these are plans for scouts, and the current squad will probably want to finish the final match of the season on the up note – with a victory.
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As for Betis, the season can be divided into two parts: the first was successful, the second is a failure. The club from Seville played in the Europa League, where it managed to rank first in its group, leaving Olympiacos, Milan and Dudelange out. Moreover, under the management of Quique Setien, Betis managed to beat Barcelona. In addition, the Green-and-Whites was in the European cups zone, where they probably wanted to stay at the end of the current season.
However, the team started having problems in winter, and the head coach lost control of the situation. Now, Quique Setien is surely threatened with dismissal because Betis lost to the more modest Rennes in the Europa League (4:6 - in the sum of two meetings). The Green-and-Whites lost a chance to get into the Europa League for the next season, dropping to 13th place so far. Betis will definitely lack motivation in the final match - the only thing the team wants to do is to beat Real Madrid for self-confidence.
The first round match in Seville ended with a defeat of the hosts with a 1:2 score. The Whites scored the winning goal in the 88th minute - Ceballos delivered an accurate shot. However, the result of this match is hard to call fair. Betis suddenly forced Real to snuggle up to its box and to build a “bus”. The team from Seville possessed the ball 74% of playing time, so it deserved at least a draw.
Betis beats Real only on major holidays. It is worth noting that the teams did not play a draw in the last 17 matches. Both teams won’t be motivated in the upcoming match. However, the players of Real Madrid need to prove to Zidane that they need to be left in the team, so each of them will surely try to show himself from the best side.
Prediction for the match: Real Madrid to win