Primera Division Gameweek 3
Aug 28, 2021 KO: 20:00

Real Betis - Real Madrid

Estadio Benito Villamarín Sevilla
Referee: Alejandro Hernández
  61' Carvajal

Match preview

Vinicius to start – How Real Madrid could line up against Real Betis

Vinicius Jr’s mesmeric double off the bench against Levante could earn him a start this weekend.

Carlo Ancelotti will be looking for a return to winning ways for his Real Madrid team in La Liga against Real Betis this week after a draw against Levante last time out.

The Italian’s return to Madrid has generated four points from the opening two games, and he could be about to add some strength to the squad with Kylian Mbappe rumoured to be seeking a move from PSG.

For this weekend’s fixture, though, Mbappe remains in Paris, and Ancelotti will be focusing on a number of headaches within his current squad.

Dani Carvajal came off the bench last week and could make his first start of the season at right-back, with new signing David Alaba on the left and Eder Militao and Nacho in the centre.

There is a mini-injury crisis in midfield, with stars Toni Kroos and Luka Modric both ruled out along with Dani Ceballos. Isco is enjoying some early opportunities under Ancelotti and will likely start again, with Casemiro and Federico Valverde making up the midfield trio.

Gareth Bale has returned to Real after his loan spell at Tottenham last season, and he could continue on the right-wing after opening his account for the season against Levante.

The true star of that clash was Vinicius Jr, though. The Brazilian came off the bench to score an outstanding brace, helping Madrid come from behind twice to salvage a 3-3 draw.

That could warrant Vinicius a start ahead of Eden Hazard, with Karim Benzema leading the line and looking to add to his two goals on opening day.

Real fell two points short of rivals Atletico in the La Liga title race last season and are looking to return to the top this season, starting with a positive result this weekend.

Real Madrid starting XI versus Real Betis

Real - Football tactics and formations

Recent Ratings

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  Average Match Rating  
6.6
  Home  
6.8
6.3
  Away  
6.7
6.4
  Total  
6.8

Match statistics

Real Betis
Statistics
Real Madrid
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
8
12
Draws
9
7
Losses
3
1
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
26
38
Goals Per Game
1.30
1.90
More > 2.5 Goals
6
11
More > 3 Goals
4
7
Scored First in a Match
12
11
Scored Both Halves
3
6
Won More > 1 Goal
1
8
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
19
17
Did Not Score
3
4
Both Teams Scored
13
12
Kept Clean Sheet
6
7
Won Without Conceding
4
4
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
648
761
Possession
52
57
Passes
463
574
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
12
15
Shots on Target
4.05
4.85
Goals out of Shots
0.11
0.12
Crosses
14
18
Offsides
2.27
2.25
Penalties
0.25
0.10
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.30
0.35
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
19
15
Interceptions
12
12
Own Goals
0.05
0.00
Aerials Won
15
11
Total Shots Conceded
9.65
10
Shots on Target Conceded
3.32
3.50
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.11
0.10
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
15
10
Yellow Cards
2.60
1.80
Red Cards
0.05
0.00

Injuries

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  4. Groin/Pelvis Injury image description
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