Can Los Blancos temporarily close the three-point gap that currently places them third behind joint-leaders Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in the Spanish La Liga? Real Betis are fighting a tough relegation battle. The visitors will want to take advantage of the Sevilla-based club’s worries.
Real Madrid have 47 points with seven wins in 10 away games. So far, they have conceded 13 goals away from home already. In 2014, however, the Spanish giants have been remarkably good defensively with five consecutive clean sheets (one in a friendly against PSG, two in La Liga and two in the Copa del Rey). Meanwhile, Real Betis are firmly rooted at the bottom of the league table with 11 points.
“I remember that they played very well against Barcelona at their place for the first 20 minutes,” Ancelotti stated during the pre-match press conference.
“We have to be careful in this match, do our best and be very focused. We’ll have to play well like we have done in recent matches.”
Carlo Ancelotti will likely pick Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema to form a trio upfront with Cristiano Ronaldo in his starting line-up. Marcelo may also return to the first XI to replace Portuguese defender Fabio Coentrao.
The team had a warm reception at Seville’s airport as about 200 supporters welcomed them. The players signed autographs before heading to their hotel. They will be hoping to have an easy time on the pitch as well this Saturday.
Watch Real Betis vs Real Madrid live on Saturday, January 18, 2014:
In Canada at 10:00 ET:
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In USA at 10:00 ET:
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In Spain at 16:00 CET:
|Spain||GOL T, Gol Stadium, Canal+ Liga / HD, C+ Liga Multi|
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