Betis has not scored any goals in their last two matches, but it doesn't mean that they have a problem.
One of those matches was against Atletico Madrid (losing is normal), and in the other match, they lost a player early and had another player sent off after being down 2-0. Before that, they had a six-match unbeaten streak (winning four).
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Betis is still in the top six, and their position is relatively stable. However, there are still some issues that Coach Pellegrini needs to address.
Although Espanyol won against Betis in the first leg of the season, it was the only time they have won in eight encounters with this opponent in the league. Moreover, the current point difference between the two teams and Espanyol's poor form make the handicap of only 1/2 in favor of Betis not reasonable, making the chance of Espanyol winning seem unreliable.
It's worth noting that in their last home match against Cadiz, Betis gave a handicap of 3/4, and Cadiz is currently ahead of Espanyol in the standings. In the previous round, Espanyol gave a handicap of 1/2 against Bilbao (ranked below Betis) at home, so it's hard to imagine what would happen when they are playing away. Therefore, Espanyol is predicted to lose.
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Regarding the total goals scored, in three out of five recent encounters between the two teams, at least two goals were scored. Espanyol is scoring but has poor defense, which results in their last six La Liga matches having more than two goals scored. Betis needs to attack and score, and they are likely to score against Espanyol.
However, the total goals line of only 2 1/4 is not high, so it's not certain that there will be many goals in this match. Therefore, under 2 1/4 is the recommended option.
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The expected lineups for Betis and Espanyol are listed below: Betis: Rui Silva; Guardado, Gonzalez, Luiz Felipe, Juan Miranda; Rodriguez, William Carvalho, Canales; Joaquin, Borja Iglesias, Ayoze Perez
Espanyol: Pacheco; Sanchez, Montes, Cabrera, Oscar Gil; Exposito, Bare, Sergi Darder; Puado, Joselu, Braithwaite.
The final prediction for this match is a 1-1 draw.