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Villarreal vs Real Betis Tips - Hosts tipped to bounce back

  • La Liga Week 8 fixture will be held at Estadio de la Ceramica on Sunday (17:30 BST)
  • Villareal battled Real Madrid to a goalless draw in the last round
  • Real Betis have won back-to-back games in the La Liga and 3 in a row in all competitions
  • Real Betis won at Villareal 2-1 back in February
Paco Alcacer
Paco Alcacer (Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Villarreal were impressive as they held Real Madrid to a 0-0 draw on Saturday but will need to be just as good when they host Real Betis on Sunday. 

Both of these sides are in European action during the week but as seasoned continental campaigners, that is unlikely to have too significant an effect on the outcome here. 

Villareal, who are currently ranked 12th in the La Liga with eight points from six matches, return home after losing at Manchester United 2-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday. The rematch of last year's Europa League final seemed to be headed for a draw but Cristiano Ronaldo snatched the game winner five minutes into injury time.

Paco Alcacer gave Villareal the lead in the 53rd minute before Alex Telles equalised seven minutes later. Gerard Moreno will again miss out for the Yellow Submarine along with Samuel Chukwueze and Dani Raba.  

The goal for Real Betis is to make it four wins in a row in all competitions. Manuel Pellegrini's side are coming off a 3-1 win at Ferencvaros in the Europa League on Thursday. Goals from Nabil Fekir and  Cristian Tello plus an own goal gave Betis their second win in as many matches in Group G.

Los Beticos have beaten both Granada and Osasuna away from home in La Liga this season and were 2-1 winners against Villareal at the Estadio de la Ceramica last February. Last week, the Sevilla club beat Getafe 2-0 at home with Willian José registering a brace.


This should be a close match with Villareal expected to return to their winning ways.

Best Bet: Villareal Winner @1/1 at Hollywood bets - 1 Unit
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