Date: 25th April 2021
Time: 12:30 AM (IST)
Venue: Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium, Madrid
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As the Spanish Football League enters the business end of the season, title-challengers Real Madrid lock horns with high-flying Real Betis in one of the games to watch out for this weekend. As second-placed Los Blancos look to go top of the table, it is going to be a huge task for them to beat Manuel Pellegrini's side who are unbeaten in their last five league games. When the two sides met last in September, it was a hard-fought 3-2 win for Zinedine Zidane's side and it is expected to be another close contest. With Madrid aiming to win the title and Betis looking for a top 6 finish, the stage is set for an action-packed 90 minutes of football at Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium on Saturday night.
The hosts will have a few key players unavailable in the form of Lucas Vazquez, Ferland Mendy and Sergio Ramos. Federico Valverde is also expected to miss this game as he recovers from COVID-19. Eden Hazard could get some playing minutes in this contest.
The visitors will come into this contest without the services of star player Nabil Fekir who is suspended for this game after receiving a red card against Athletic Club. With Dani Martin and Viktor Camarasa also injured, it could open doors for Andres Guardado to get a place in starting XI.
Karim Benzema has had a brilliant season so far for Los Blancos and is coming in this contest on the back of another impressive brace. The Madrid striker could be a great choice for captain/vice-captain in your fantasy side. Apart from him, Vinicius Jr is another player, who has been in good form off late, could give some valuable points in this contest. With Madrid having a good defensive record in last few games, full-backs like Carvajal and Marcelo could prove to be valuable picks.
Sergio Canales is the player to watch out for Real Betis as he has produced some scintillating performances throughout the season. He would have a point to prove against his former club and should definitely be a part of your fantasy side. Apart from him, Borja Iglesias could be the X-Factor player in this contest, having scored 7 goals this season. He is also expected to step up and take the penalty kick if they get one, increasing the possibilities of him being on score-sheet.
Probable Playing XI
Thibaut Courtois; Eder Militao, Raphael Varane, Nacho; Dani Carvajal, Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Marcelo; Vinicius Jr, Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio
Claudio Bravo; Alex Moreno, Fabian Ruiz, Aissa Mandi, Emerson, Andres Guardado, Guido Rodriguez; Sergio Canales, Diego Lainez, Joaquin; Borja Iglesias
Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois, Claudio Bravo
Defenders: Raphael Varane, Marcelo, Alex Moreno, Fabian Ruiz, Aissa Mandi
Midfielders: Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Sergio Canales, Marco Asensio
Strikers: Borja Iglesias, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Jr
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