9/13/20 8 am
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Deportivo Alaves is hosting Real Betis at Estadio de Mendizorroza in round 1 on Spanish LaLiga.
Deportivo is in terrible, terrible form, and they haven’t won any of their 4 friendly games in the preseason. Deportivo has 3 losses and 1 draw. During this stretch, Deportivo has conceded 8 goals, 2 in each game, while scoring 5 goals. Deportivo ended in 16th place last season, which is outside the relegation zone, but they were shivering until the last game if the 39 points they have won will be enough to stay in LaLiga. Alaves has scored only 34 goals last season while conceding massive 59 goals. Pacheci, Duarte, and Navarro are all injured, and they will miss the start of the new season. There were a lot of activities in Alaves in the transfer market, and a lot of players left the club because their loan expired, but only 1 player was sold, and that was Demirovic who left for Freiburg. As many players left, also many players got back from loans, but none of the notable names, except maybe Guidetti. Alaves has a good team, with some fantastic players, and I truly hope this season will be better than the last one for Alaves. Deportivo is coming into the new season with the new coach, Pablo Machin, and it’s not working so far, but the preseason is the time to experiment with the team, and that is exactly what Alaves is doing.
Betis was in the Europa League spot before the break last season, but they pooped their pants after the restart. Betis has ended the season in 15th place with 41 points, and they were actually closer to the relegation than to the Europa League. It’s a shame what happened to Betis because they are a great team, but their defense was simply to bad for the more notable result. In the preseason, Betis has 3 wins, alongside 6 scored goals, and only 2 conceded goals. Martin, Camarasa, and Kaptoum are all injured, and they will need to wait a little bit to start their season. Betis has made some great moves on the transfer market in the offseason, and they brought reinforcements where they need them. Betis signed Montoya as the right-back, a former Barcelona player, Claudio Bravo on the goalkeeping positions, a goalkeeper that has won everything, and Victor Ruiz, and experienced center back. Betis has made some cash by selling Lo Celso to Tottenham for 35 million Euros, and I expect we will see a few more signings until the end of September. Betis also lost Alena, a talented midfielder who went back to Barcelona after his loan expired. Betis also has the new head coach, Manuel Pellegrini, a really good coach that should take Betis to the next level, and I think he will. I believe we can expect a better season from Betis, much better.
The trends are mixed here, but Betis is the better form, and they are the better team. Deportivo hasn’t won any of their friendly games, while Betis hasn’t lost any. I will stick with Betis on the road.