Real Betis receives Alavés this Tuesday (8:00 p.m.) in a duel corresponding to matchday 21 of LaLiga Santander, after the Verdiblancos eliminated the Sevilla in the Copa del Rey in a controversial derby, while a Cádiz needed and installed in the relegation, but also in the quarterfinals of the cup tournament, will face the Spanish (21.30).
Pellegrini’s team defeated their eternal rival on Sunday in the most controversial derby in recent years, after the match was suspended on Saturday due to the throwing of a plastic stick from the stands on the head of John Jordan. The final victory after the restart gave an extra boost to Betis, which is at its best moment of the season, with the Chilean coach as the leader of this project.
Nabil Fekir and Sergio Canales They were again two of the most outstanding footballers against Nervión. With the two of them on the field, the whole team improves, grows and gives its best version. To this we must add the great state of form of the binomial formed by Guido Rodriguez and William Carvalho, providing solvency and solidity so that the quality and sparkles of Spanish and French shine much brighter.
The Betis are third in the table with 34 points and the cup victory ended a streak of three games in LaLiga without winning, after defeats to Athletic (3-2) and Celta (0-2) and the draw in Vallecas (1-1). Pellegrini’s men need to improve their version at Villamarín, where they have only added 17 points out of a possible 30 and have conceded half of the total goals against this season.
In addition, to the victory against Sevilla, which raises the morale of the entire squad, we must add that Pellegrini will recover troops for Tuesday’s match. Bellerin, who suffered a collision with diego charles, could be available, like Willian José, who has already chained several training sessions with the group. On the contrary, Bravo, Montoya, Joaquín, Miranda and Pezzela are still low, and Bartra is doubtful. Alex Moreno nor can he be part of the game after his expulsion in Vallecas.
For its part, Alavés arrives at this match immersed in one of its worst crises of the season. The Basques have not won in LaLiga since November 6 last year, with four defeats and four draws in the last eight games in the competition. But since the arrival of beggar On the bench the team is undefeated, after draws against Real Sociedad (1-1) and Athletic (0-0), two strong rivals.
Those last two points have allowed the Basque team, 17th with 17 points, to get just one point away from relegation, so a victory would make it possible for Alavés to see salvation as an attainable reality, in addition to breaking the losing streak away from mendizorroza, and is that they are the fourth worst visitor, with 6 losses and only one win. Ximo Navarro and Pons are out due to injury and Lejeune due to suspension.
Sergio’s premiere before his ex
The new Cadiz Sergio Gonzalez, who also made it to the quarterfinals of the Cup after beating Sporting de Gijón on penalties, will face Espanyol at home, with the clear goal of scoring three vital points to get out of relegation. It comes from falling against Osasuna (2-0), a defeat that decided the dismissal of Alvaro Cervera.
Trying to prevent the ‘yellow’ ship from sinking in the second part of the season will be the mission of the new coach, with the penultimate team with 14 points, being the worst local in LaLiga. He will also have to get Cádiz out of that series of negative results, with seven consecutive games without winning, and give the team an identity that it has now lost. To do this, you only have the low of Garrido due to injury, but the line-up is still a mystery.
Meanwhile, Espanyol is experiencing a more placid situation in the middle of the table with 26 points and a victory against his former coach’s new team would allow him to take a closer look at the European positions. In his last league match he fell to Elche (1-2), but the victories against Levante (4-3) and Valencia (1-2) They gave him the necessary oxygen to finish the first part of the season without tension.
The blue and white team, which has only won one away win this season, will have David López out due to injury and Keidi Baré and Pedrosa due to card accumulation. But Vicente Moreno will recover for the starting eleven Darder and Diego Lopez after overcoming COVID-19.
Rest of the day
With the duel Real Madrid against Athletic advanced (1-2 for the whites in San Mamés), like that of the Elche against Villarreal (1-0), and the matches Barcelona-Rayo, Mallorca-Real Sociedad and Atlético-Levante postponed due to the Cup matches, just three more matches are played in the bulk of this day 21.
For Wednesday is the Celta-Osasuna and Valencia-Seville, which is presented as the main course of the interweekly day, while on Thursday there will be a Getafe-Granada, vital to the fight for salvation.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.