Cadiz take on the visitors Betis in the round 24 match of Spanish LaLiga. The match will be played on Friday, February 9th at Estadio Nuevo Mirandilla (Cadiz).
Cadiz takes the expected step amidst the threat of relegation. The Yellow Submarine are a modest project, as evidenced by the fact that their best result is still 12th place in the league table. They replicated this record in the 2020/2021 season immediately after returning to the country's top division. However, things quickly deteriorated into a desperate fight for survival. Initially, their coach, Sergio Gonzalez Soriano, managed to cope, given his relevant experience at Valladolid. He succeeded twice, but in the current season, numerous problems piled up, proving difficult to overcome. Thus, it's not surprising that they replaced the coach at the end of January, believing in Pellegrino. Mauricio made a promising start: he secured a goalless draw against the top-four contender, Athletic, and repeated the 0-0 result away to Villarreal.
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Betis continue their collaboration with Pellegrini. He returned to Spain in 2020 and immediately led his team to European competitions. In the 2021/2022 season, they won the cup alongside a 5th-place finish. However, instead of further progress, there was a decline. The setback of neighboring Sevilla didn't help much - they still ended up in 6th place last spring. And now, they risk not even achieving that. The Green and Whites were eliminated from the cup, losing 0-1 to Alaves. In the Europa League, they managed to lose 2-3 at home to the Rangers, ultimately losing the battle for second place to the Scottish team from Glasgow. Now, the Spanish team is left to compete in the less prestigious Conference League. Alongside, their performance in La Liga hasn't been the best, with a risk of dropping below 6th or even 7th place. Naturally, they want to improve, and just before the transfer deadline, they acquired Chimi Avila, Bakambu, and Fornals - although they also sold Luis Enrique to Brazil and loaned Borja Iglesias to Bayer. With the revamped squad, they only managed a draw against Getafe last weekend, exchanging goals via penalties in the first half.
Despite Betis having the overall advantage, the last five encounters have seen parity: each team has won once. For instance, in September in Seville, the match ended in a 1-1 draw. Seville's visitors are still given a slight advantage, but it's very marginal. However, it's clear that the match in La Liga won't kick off with fireworks - therefore, a bet on total under 2.5 goals seems reasonable.
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 scored goals.