Saturday, October 15, 2016
Real Betis vs Real Madrid Live streaming
While it seems like nothing of real consequence ever seems to
happen during international breaks (well, nothing other than players getting injured), this past break came at a pretty decent time for Zinedine Zidane. Real Madrid has drawn four matches on the trot, key players are getting hurt, and now even key backups are out, thanks in no small part to the international break. Having a week to decompress and reassess his team’s approach might be just what Zidane needed.
Madrid return to action against Real Betis, who currently sit 15th in the table. Early in the 2015 season, Betis were the team against whom Real Madrid took out some serious frustration. After a 0-0 draw to open the season, Madrid walloped Betis 5-0 (James did this during that game, a goal which still gets me all hot and bothered). The two clubs meet again in a similar spot.
So, Real Betis. What’s exciting about them? Rubén Castro...and that’s about it. No player in La Liga has accounted for as many of his team’s total goals than the journeyman striker, which isn’t a ton of goals (4), but he’s still been effective for them. Fun fact! Playing keeper for Betis is former Madrid player Antonio Adán. Real will now have faced two old friends this season, after having seen Diego López vs Espanyol. This is the end of the fun fact.
If you, too, prefer my international break routine of hiding under a rock with a bottle of booze, here’s what we’ve missed. Sergio Ramos is out for a bit with a knee injury. James Rodríguez is out with a calf injury, though his timetable to return is promising. Luka Modrić and Casemiro are out as well, but’s old news. The good news on the injury front is that Marcelo is set to return, Pepe is healthy, and Cristiano Ronaldo looked fully fit for Portugal.
Players to watch for Madrid include Marcelo, Isco, and Mateo Kovačić. Marcelo’s absence was perhaps overlooked when he first went out, and both Isco and Cristiano Ronaldo will be excited to have him back to help push the ball forward. Meanwhile, Isco and Kovačić are likely to fill in in midfield. Toni Kroos and his fat new contract can’t do everything, so between the three of them, this is a midfield very capable of not only passing into the attacking third, but also dribbling in.
Betis’ position in the table is very indicative of their quality. They’ve lost to good teams (Sevilla, Barcelona, Real Sociedad), drawn against some decent/bad teams (Deportivo and Granada, respectively), and beaten only the hapless Valencia and a struggling Málaga. Real Madrid should have no problems creating chances in this match, but I also said that about Eibar, so who knows? Barcelona and Atlético have plenty of problems of their own which have kept Madrid at the top of the table, but Madrid cannot continue to drop points.
Saturday, 15 October 2016 at 2:45PM EST
Real Betis: Adán; Pezzalla, Bruno, Martínez, Piccini; Petros, Gutíerrez, Ceballos, Alegría; Castro, Joaquín
Real Madrid: Keylor Navas; Marcelo, Pepe, Varane, Carvajal; Kovačić, Kroos, Isco; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo
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