Real Betis vs Real Madrid preview, betting tips and prediction: Los Blancos set for easy win
February 15, 2018
Real Madrid are back, baby. This time we kind of mean it, too. Los Blancos have been unpredictable at times this season, barely able to pull two positive results together. But they followed up an impressive 5-2 battering of Real Sociedad with a 3-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. That’s where their season really hinges.
PSG helped out their European rivals with some bizarre tactical decisions. After having the better first half, the French side could count themselves unlucky to be going in level at the break, a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty cancelling out Adrien Rabiot’s opener. The game swung in Madrid’s favour when Unai Emery made one of the worst substitutions of the season, taking striker Edinson Cavani off for right-back Thomas Meunier. A signal that PSG were retreating.
Meanwhile, Zinedine Zidane brought Marco Asensio off the bench and this attacking change inspired Madrid with the Spaniard involved in the two goals that followed. Ronaldo and Marcelo struck to ensure that the UCL holders bring a healthy lead to France. This perseverance paying off will give Madrid no shortage of confidence. They look like they have turned a corner this season and their upcoming trip to Real Betis should see them continue a rich vein of form.