Betis-Real Madrid: A tough test at the Benito Villamarín to close off the first half of the season

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  • La Liga
  • Matchday 19
  • 13/01/2019
Benito Villamarín
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The Whites hope to follow up the Copa win over Leganés with three important points in LaLiga (8:45pm CET).
LaLiga is at its halfway point and Real Madrid travel to Betis to see out the first half of the season. The Whites head to the Benito Villamarín (8:45pm CET) hoping to get three points on the board before turning their focus back to the Copa del Rey.

The match comes just four days after the Whites beat Leganés by 3-0, a score which Solari's team will take back to Butarque next Wednesday. The madridistas will take to the pitch in Seville knowing full well what they are up against: a Betis side in fine form.

BENZEMA SCORED IN HIS LAST 4 VISITS TO THE BENITO VILLAMARÍN.

The Whites have a lot of injuries too. In trainingKroos, Asensio, Llorente, Bale, Courtois and Vinicius Jr., the latter having the flu, were all absent. Lucas Vázquez is out with a ban, but as Solari mused: “Real Madrid's strength comes from their unity”. Benzema, the team's top scorer, will be available, and he has scored in his last four visits to Betis.

The rival
Quique Setién's side go into the game after a draw against Real Sociedad (0-0) in the first leg of the Copa. In LaLiga, the Andalusian outfit sit in sixth position, with seven wins, five draws and six losses. They have been stellar at home, going undefeated since October and having lost only twice this the season.