Friday’s La Liga preview: 2012/13 – round 18

24 Dec

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Real Zaragoza v Real Betis

For the third time in two weeks, Zaragoza won away from home – this time against Athletic Bilbao. Apono (penalty) and top scorer Postiga each netted in the 2-0 victory at San Mames.

As feared, Betis came a cropper at home to Mallorca in round 17. Benat opened the scoring before the Islanders completed their comeback to win 2-1. All in all, credit to Mallorca, but this game just goes to show that Betis are alarmingly capable of losing to lesser teams at home. A little complacent perhaps – something a side in need of a win can feed off.

Pepe Mel’s boys – who have won five, drawn zero and lost two on their league travels in 2012/13 – can go to La Romareda with confidence, though, as Zaragoza have lost five times on home soil this season – by a 1-0 score every time.

Betis also won here in 2011/12 and have a strong record in recent years. Maybe the first round of games after the holiday break will produce erratic, unexpected results, but it looks like a poor home team vs a good away team.

Recommendation: Betis (3.45)

Worth a small punt: Real Zaragoza 0 – 1 Real Betis (9.5)

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