Betis examine their good dynamic against an Athletic in need

MADRID, 18 Dec. (EUROPA PRESS) –

Betis travel to San Mamés this Sunday to take on Athletic Club in an attempt to stay top of the table, while Granada will seek their fourth win of the season against Mallorca and Getafe will try against Osasuna to get out of the pothole in the it’s immersed in LaLiga Santander.

Pellegrini’s men arrive that day 18 third in the standings with 33 points, after their victories against Real Sociedad (4-0) and FC Barcelona (0-1) and after advancing to the Copa del Rey with a game which went as far as extra time. against Talavera (2-4).

The Betica team will have to maintain the level to continue the good dynamic of the last days, since they have four consecutive victories, with only two defeats, against Atlético and Sevilla, in the last nine games. The Chilean coach will not be able to count on the French Nabil Fekir, key in the scheme of Pellegrini, and Camarasa. Sabaly is doubtful with a muscle injury.

For its part, Athletic Club needs to add the three points to get out of the bad patch in which it is immersed, its worst crisis of the season. And it is that the Basques have chained eight games without winning, with three defeats and five draws. In their last match, they succumbed to Sevilla at San Mamés (0-1).

Those of Marcelino cling to the historic results against Betis, since, as locals, they have won the last eight direct confrontations between them. Regarding the absences, Iñigo Martínez and Unai Simón will be absent due to coronavirus, and Dani García, Nolaskoain, Villalibre and Vivian will not be available due to injury.

On the other hand, Granada will host Mallorca at home. Robert Moreno’s men seem to have forgotten their complicated La Liga debut after going three league games without losing to Athletic (2-2), Alavés (2-1) and Cadiz (1-1). Thus, a victory would consolidate the good moment of the Andalusian team and move it away from the relegation places, without Machís and Rochina.

Mallorca face this game four points clear of Granada, and come on a similar streak to their rivals, going three games without losing, having drawn 0-0 against Celta de Vigo. Luis García has the losses of Greif, Hoppe, Raíllo and Junior, with an Ángel Rodríguez on a roll, as he has 3 goals and 3 assists in the last six games.

Also this Sunday, Getafe and Osasuna will meet, the “azulones” needing points to forget the pothole in which they are immersed, more after falling in the Copa del Rey 5-0 against Atlético Baleares. Those of Quique Sánchez Flores occupy 19th place in the standings, three points from the salute, marked by Alavés after their defeat against Rayo Vallecano (2-0).

Although there have been signs of recovery, with just two defeats in the last ten league games, enjoying a poor balance of just two wins and nine games lost, the team, along with Levante, with the most defeats in the league.

Sánchez Flores also has the downside of losses, as Jaime Mata, Chema, Macías and Damián Suárez will not be injured. Osasuna enjoys a calmer situation, after its draw against FC Barcelona thanks to the goal of Chimy Ávila in the last minutes of the match. In addition, they beat Deportivo de la Coruña in the Cup (1-2), so they arrive with confidence, after five consecutive games without knowing defeat.

Although the Navarrese have not beaten Getafe at the Colosseum since 2008, they are the fifth best visitors in the League this season, with a good away record with 4 wins and 2 draws in 8 games. However, they are the worst performing side in the top half of the table (17) and haven’t won any of their last eight visits to Madrid sides.

One of the most sensitive victims of the duel in Getafe is that of David García, who is serving a penalty for accumulating yellow cards and who until now has played every minute with Osasuna.

–LALIGA SANTANDER SUNDAY TIMETABLE FOR DAY 18.

Granada – Mallorca. Muñiz Ruiz (C. Gallego) 2:00 p.m.

Athletic Club – Betis. Gil Manzano (C. Extremeño) 16:15.

Getafe-Osasuna. Munuera Montero (C. Andaluz) 6:30 p.m.

Real Madrid – Cadiz. Jaime Latre (C. Aragonés) 9:00 p.m.

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