Leganes will be taking a trip to Butraqe as they face Real Betis for their 24th fixture in La Liga this season. Leganes is currently dwindling in the relegation zone with 18 points and has won one, drawn two and lost two from the last five games. Meanwhile, Real Betis is 13th in the league with 28 points and have won just the one game from their last five games as well. Betis is on the back of 3-2 defeat to Barcelona and would be eager to bounce back with a win.
Date- Sunday, February 16
Kick-Off- 6:30 PM (IST)
Ivan Cuellar will be on the sidelines due to an injury and will be away until March, which should make way for Juan Soriano to start in at goal. Kenneth Omeruo is undergoing suspension for the hosts. Having said that, Dimitrios Siovas and Chidozie Awaziem will be battling for a spot at the centre-half region. Roger Assale could feature at the attacking midfield position in behind Martin Braithwaite, as Guido Carrillo is ruled out due to a muscle problem.
Nabil Fekir was a subject of two yellow cards against FC Barcelona and misses out against Leganes. Andres Guardado and William Carvalho have returned to fitness and could be made available in midfield. Sergio Canales and Joaquin will be in contention to play out wide in the absence of Fekir, while Borja Iglesias plays as the target man.
LEG (Expected Playing 11)- Soriano; Silva, Siovas, Bustinza; Rodrigues, Mesa, Reico, Rosales; Eraso, Rodriguez; Braithwaite
RB (Expected Playing 11)- Robles; Emerson, Mandi, Bartra, Moreno; Carvalho, Rodriguez, Alena; Joaquin, Iglesias, Canales
Martin Braithwaite can be pivotal on the final third for Leganes. Braithwaite has six goals, two assists and has a pass accuracy of 68.8% from 1846 minutes in the league this season.
Joaquin has been one of the standouts for Real Betis. The 38-year-old has seven goals, two assists and a pass accuracy of 83.2% from 22 appearances in the league this season.
Oscar Rodriguez can pack a punch in the advanced role and has five goals as and an assist with a pass accuracy of 71.6% from 1416 minutes in the league this season.
Emerson has been a central figure in defence as well as on the attack for Real Betis. The Brazilian international averages 2.3 tackle per game, while also having three goals, five assists and a pass accuracy of 75.4% from 19 appearances.
It’s neck and neck between the two sides in the last six games. Three games each have been won by Leaganes and Real Betis in that time frame.
Without Nabil Fekir Real Betis might have some problems which could result the game to end as a draw.
Goalkeeper- J Soriano
Defenders- Emerson, M Bartra, R Rosales
Midfielders- Joaquin-Rodriguez, W Carvalho, O Rodriguez, J Eraso
Forwards- B Iglesias, M Braithwaite
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