Real Betis vs. Villarreal

Preview and Prediction: Real Betis vs. Villarreal - prediction, team news, lineups

Team News

Claudio Bravo and Martin Montoya will be missing again for Betis due to injury, while Cristian Tello and Victor Camarasa are doubts for the hosts.

Alex Moreno returns from a league suspension and is anticipated to start, while Willian Jose, who scored off the bench against Real Sociedad in the Copa del Rey, is also expected to be included.

Juanmi has 12 league goals this season and will play in a wide role again, while Sergio Canales and Nabil Fekir should lead a formidable assault for the hosts, who are scoring goals at an alarming rate.

Samuel Chukwueze, Serge Aurier, and Aissa Mandi have returned to Villarreal after representing their country at the Africa Cup of Nations, although Boulaye Dia is still competing.

Ruben Pena and Francis Coquelin are out for the game, while Yeremi Pino and Juan Foyth are questionable, but Gerard Moreno should be able to lead the line.

The return of crucial midfielder Etienne Capoue, who was suspended against Mallorca prior to the break, will also help the Yellow Submarine.

Real Betis possible starting lineup:
Silva; Sabaly, Pezzella, Gonzalez, A Moreno; Rodriguez, Carvalho; Fekir, Canales, Juanmi; Willian Jose

Villarreal possible starting lineup:
Rulli; Gaspar, Albiol, Torres, Pedraza; Parejo, Trigueros, Capoue; A Moreno, G Moreno, Gomez

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Our Prediction: Home Win or Draw

This should be a thrilling contest between two good teams, but it’s difficult to see Betis winning. Villarreal has struggled to win on the road this season, while Betis will be on a high after their Copa del Rey quarter-final triumph on Thursday.