In the Spanish La Liga, it has been a bit hot since Tuesday night in the fight for the championship. With Barcelona struggling to record a 4:0 draw at Villarreal and Atletico Madrid defeating Girona 2:0 in a style. The Catalan side's advantage over the Madrid side has shrunk to eight points with eight games to go. True doubt about the successful title defence of Lionel Messi and Co. is admittedly not.
On the other hand, the race for places four to six, which are known to qualify for the Champions League (4th) and the Europa League (5th and 6th), is much more exciting. Two teams, which are also still hopes of returning to international business, meet on Thursday evening in direct duel each other.
The Basques are currently in the tenth position in the table and six points behind on position six. The home game against Betis Sevilla is, therefore, already a kind of endgame, as the upcoming rival currently claims the ninth place with three points more, currently. The Andalusians have been undefeated in three away from home games in a row, while the hosts have been waiting for five successive La Liga games. So, at first glance, it may well be worth keeping a close eye on potential guests between Real Sociedad and Betis Sevilla.
Both teams will be playing their 104th competitive game against each other on Thursday. Currently, the Royal Society of San Sebastian leads the direct comparison with an astonishing 41 wins, 27 draws, 35 defeats. However, in recent years there has been no fundamental trend in either direction. The first leg in the current season, however, ended 1:0 to Betis. The last away win of the Green-Whites in the Basque Country, however, is already about 15 years ago. Does this series end with nine winless appearances in San Sebastian on Thursday?
At first glance, the encounter between Real Sociedad and Betis Sevilla is a game in the midfield of the classification. However, since things are getting pretty tight in the battle for European starting positions, both sides are still hoping to climb up to at least sixth place. At the moment the chances for the guests are slightly better, after all, they are three points ahead of the blue and white hosts. Also in the direct clash, we will see the Andalusians in the advantage, what we have with our Real Sociedad against Betis Sevilla forecast to express at least two goals undoubtedly.
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