Real Madrid vs Real Betis Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

The Reals will square off on Sunday when Madrid welcome Betis to the Bernabeu in both teams’ final fixture of the season.

Despite the outcome of Sunday’s result not affecting Madrid’s final league position, Los Blancos stars still have plenty to play for. 

With talk of manager Zinedine Zidane ushering in a new wave of Galacticos, Madrid’s current crop will be keen to show that any new additions will not be at their expense. 

Zinedine Zidane

Betis on the other hand will be hoping to secure a tenth place finish and send their fans home with a memorable victory to carry them through the fallow, football-free months to follow. 

Check out our preview of the game below.


Where to Watch

?When is Kick Off? Sunday 19 May?
?What Time is Kick Off? ?11:00 (BST)
?Where is it Played? ?Santiago Bernabeu Stadium
?TV Channel/Live Stream? ?Eleven Sports
?Referee? ?Alberto Undiano


Team News

Following his sending off in last week’s loss to Sociedad, Jesus Vallejo will not be involved in Sunday’s clash, and may already be sunning himself on an exotic beach somewhere. Perched on the hammock beside him may well be Casemiro, who’s suspended for picking up one yellow card too many in the same fixture.

Sergio Ramos won’t feature, but all eyes will be on whether or not Zidane chooses to start Gareth Bale in what many expect to be the Welshman’s final match as a Real Madrid player. Although no transfer has been agreed, it is growing increasingly less likely that Bale will be at the Bernabeu next season.

Betis will be without last week’s hero Joaquin. The winger mixed two goals that secured his team all three points with a yellow card and a suspension that ended his season a week early.

Gareth Bale


Predicted Lineups

?Real Madrid Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Llorente, Kroos, Modric; Diaz, Benzema, Asensio.?
?Real Betis ?Robles; Francis, Feddal, Bartra, Firpo; Guardado, Kaptoum; Jese, Lo Celso, Tello; Moron.

Head to Head Record

The history between these two sides reads exactly as one might expect, with Madrid winning 60 times to Betis’ 24. The other 21 occasions have ended all square.

In the last clash at Estadio Benito Villamarín, Los Blancos once again took the spoils thanks to goals from Luka Modric and Dani Ceballos. 

Joaquin Sanchez,Jordi Alba

However, this Betis squad knows what it takes to pull off big upsets away from home, having left Camp Nou with all three points after a thrilling 4-3 victory back in November.


Recent Form

Madrid have been in less than scintillating form in the last few weeks, having picked up just seven points of a possible 15 – allowing intercity rivals Atletico to comfortably take second place in the process. 

The Madrid faithful had hoped the return of Zidane following their embarrassing elimination from the Champions League at the hands of Ajax would lead to an immediate upswing in results. However, Los Blancos’ form is still patchy, particularly on the road where they have failed to win in their last five attempts. 

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Betis’ recent set of results doesn’t make for better reading. A couple of months ago, Los Verdiblancos may have been eyeing up a potential charge for Champions League qualification. Their last few results have put pay to these slight hopes though, with Betis picking up one solitary victory in their last six outings.  

This is how both sides have fared in their last five fixtures in all competitions.

Real Madrid? ?Real Betis
?Real Sociedad 3-1 Real Madrid (12/5) ?Real Betis 2-1 SD Huesca (12/5)
?Real Madrid 3-2 Villarreal (5/5) ?Eibar 1-0 Real Betis (5/5)
?Rayo Vallecano 1-0 Real Madrid (28/4) ?Real Betis 1-1 Espanyol (29/4)
?Getafe 0-0 Real Madrid (25/4) ?Levante 4-0 Real Betis (24/4)
?Real Madrid 3-0 Athletic Bilbao (21/4) ?Real Betis 1-2 Valencia (21/4)

Prediction

Both clubs enter the fixture with a discernible air of wanting to get the season over and done with. 

Madrid’s pitiful title challenge was all but over by February, and their incredible run in the Champions League over the last few years was brought to a shuddering halt by an Ajax side who showcased the kind of energy and gall that Los Blancos have sorely lacked this campaign.

Gareth Bale

With the signing of Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic believed to be ?completed, and Eden Hazard and Paul Pogba heavily linked with moves to Madrid this summer, Sunday’s fixture could be a last hurrah for several Bernabeu stalwarts who will be desperate to go out on a high. 

Betis will be looking to channel the spirit they showed to beat Barcelona earlier in the season, but their recent form makes it difficult to bet against an out of sorts Real Madrid.

Expect a comfortable Madrid victory with Bale to sign off in style, if he features.

Prediction: Real Madrid 3-1 Real Betis

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Transfer Rumours: Tottenham Ready to Spend Big, Twists in Ndombele & Dani Alves Futures & More

?As the domestic European season draws to a close and a long summer looms large, what better way to occupy the downtime than with an action-packed period of transfer drama?

From the far and wide to the downright unlikely, the rumour mill is already kicking into overdrive with gossip which is sure to capture our imaginations and raise more than a few eyebrows with scepticism.

However realistic, there is nothing better to whet the summer appetite than a juicy roundup of the latest transfer talk. So, here is the latest set of rumours to feast upon.


Tottenham (Finally) Ready to Spend Big on £40m Midfield Target

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It seems almost an age since Mauricio Pochettino managed to twist Daniel Levy’s arm into splashing the cash to land Lucas Moura from PSG for £25m in January 2017.

Without a notable senior singing for Spurs since then, the Brazilian proved his worth with an incredible hat-trick against Ajax to seal ??Tottenham’s passage into this season’s Champions League final, and suggested what the club might be capable of with further investment.

Having suffered a succession of injury problems in midfield this season, the middle of the park seems to be a priority area for Pochettino to strengthen. According to the ?Mirror, Roma starlet Nicolo Zaniolo is a potential solution, and Tottenham are hoping a £40m raid can beat ?Real Madrid, ?Bayern Munich and ?Juventus to his signature.

Judging by the pedigree of their competition, Spurs shouldn’t hold their breath on this one yet.


PSG Threaten to Blow European Rivals Away in Race to Sign Highly-Rated Lyon Star

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Zaniolo is not the only hot young midfielder attracting widespread attention from Europe’s elite sides.

According to ?L’Equipe, PSG have emerged as serious contenders in the race to sign Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, and could use their financial might to steal a march on the likes of ?Manchester United, ?Manchester City and ?Juventus who are also interested.

The race to sign the highly-rated Frenchman? has heated up in recent times amid a string of impressive performances in Ligue 1, but Ndombele could yet be set to remain in the French top flight, despite intense interest from abroad. Ole is certainly not at the wheel of this one.


Real Madrid Name Their Price for Midfield Outcast to Seal Cross-City Move to Atletico

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The remarkable success of English clubs in European competition this season has come at the expense of the previously all-conquering giants of Spain.

?Real Madrid and ?Atletico Madrid won the Champions League and the Europa League respectively last term but, less than 12 months on, the Spanish capital duo are locked in a tug-of-war over Los Blancos’ forgotten man, Marcos Llorente.

According to ?AS, Atletico have already held talks with the player’s representatives, though Real do not want their man to make the move across town. Diego Simeone’s side want Llorente as a potential replacement for Manchester City target Rodri Hernandez, though, and have quoted a fee of €50m to sign the 24-year-old. This one could be a goer.


Inter Offer Former West Ham Loanee to Everton as Part of Ambitious Attacker Swoop

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What better bargaining chip for ?Inter to use in their efforts to sign ?Everton’s prized asset than a player in limbo between making his mark in the Premier League and settling into an under-performing Ne?razzurri side, right?

Well, according to Tuttosport via ?Football-Italia, that is exactly the plan that Inter have up their sleeve, as they are preparing to offer former ?West Ham loanee Joao Mario as part of a bid to prise Brazilian star Richarlison from Goodison Park this summer.

Joao Mario showed glimpses of his considerable abilities during a short spell in east London last season, but failed to convince any Premier League side that he was worth a real shot. Still with unfulfilled potential in his locker, compatriot Marco Silva could squeeze the best out of him on Merseyside, though he his unlikely to part with his main man as part of any deal.


Dani Alves in the Spotlight (Again) as Delay Over PSG Contract Renewal Opens Door to Premier League Move

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Speaking of Brazilian talent and seasoned stars who could yet thrive in the Premier League, Dani Alves could be set to finally arrive in English football at the age of 36. After all, full backs don’t need to defend anymore, right?

According to ?UOL Esporte, former ?Barcelona hero Dani Alves has ‘irritated’ current employers PSG by delaying his decision over committing to fresh terms in the French capital, with an offer of a year’s extension, and the right back is apparently weighing up a potential switch to England. 

Manchester City have been linked with Alves in previous summers, but the Brazilian opted to move to the Parc des Princes in 2017 and has gone on to further his formidable reputation for performing at the highest level across the continent. With Alves apparently seeking at least a two-year deal, the Premier League could yet be his final (and most lucrative) destination.


Wolves Look to Beat Newcastle in £16m Race to Sign West Brom Star

Salomon Rondon

From those still looking to make their mark in the Premier League, to a player who has more than made his mark already in the English top flight.

Salomon Rondon has been a shining light in Rafa Benitez’s mission to steer ?Newcastle to safety and on course for bigger things next term, but a great deal of uncertainty still lingers as Benitez’s unresolved future looms as a potentially dark cloud over St. James’ Park.

There are no such concerns at ?Wolves, where Nuno Espirito Santo has inspired an incredible season at Molineux, and the seventh-placed Premier League side could be set to take advantage of the situation on Tyneside.

According to the ?Express & Star, Wolves are preparing to meet Rondon’s £16m release clause at parent club ?West Bromwich Albion to beat Newcastle to the signing of their own player of the season. The Magpies may be no match for the hungry Wolves in this one.?


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Thibaut Courtois Reveals How Santiago Bernabeu Atmosphere Provides Motivation for Players

?Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is targeting a better second season at the club, while admitting that the pressure of playing at the Santiago Bernabeu gives him “more desire to play well.” 

The 28-year-old swapped Chelsea for the Spanish capital in 2018 in a deal worth £35m, although it’s been a disastrous season for the club with them failing to win any of La Liga, the Champions League or Copa del Rey.

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?Courtois himself has come in for criticism following his move, with him keeping just ten clean sheets in 35 games, but hopes to sign off the season with a win over Real Betis on Sunday.

Speaking to Codere, as quoted by ?Goal, he said: “It would be good to give one last joy to the fans, go on vacation with a victory and finish the year well to prepare the next season. 

“We are training with a lot of enthusiasm because we know it was not the best season, but we are improving, we are training very hard to prepare for the next season and we are looking forward to finishing well.”


It’s been a turbulent campaign for ?Real Madrid what with them appointing three managers over the course of the campaign, as well as their quest for a fourth-consecutive ?Champions League triumph coming to an abrupt halt against Ajax in the last 16. 

With Zinedine Zidane now returning as manager, Courtois is positive there will be improvements next season, describing it as a “dream” to play at a club with the stature of Real Madrid.

“It’s very nice, it’s a dream to be able to play in a big stadium, when I’m in the goal and I see the Bernabeu from there it’s very beautiful,” he added. 

Thibaut Courtois

“It gives more adrenaline, more desire to play well, it’s pressure too but I like to play like that.

“To the fans I ask you to continue supporting us, we know that this year was not the best but the following year we will go for all of them [trophies] again.”

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Isco Accepts Substitute Role at Real Madrid After Discussion With Zinedine Zidane

?Real Madrid midfielder Isco has accepted he will be predominantly used as substitute next season and not start the majority of games.

The 27-year-old has been out of favour for most of the campaign and there has been speculation linking him with a move away from the club.

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According to Spanish television programme Jugones, ?as reported by ?AS, ?Isco has agreed to stay at the club despite being told by Zinedine Zidane that he is unlikely to be a regular starter next season.

The 27-year-old was a favourite of Zidane during the Frenchman’s first tenure as ?Real manager but found opportunities hard to come by under his successors Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari. He has started just 11 league games with Real enduring a disappointing season, sitting third in ?La Liga and suffering a round of 16 exit in the ?Champions League to Ajax.

He has had increased involvement since Zidane returned, playing 541 minutes, the fourth-highest total of any player in the squad within that time.

Isco

He enjoyed the best season of his Real career under Zidane, scoring 11 goals in the 2016/17 campaign as Real won La Liga and the Champions League. He was also named in the UEFA Champions League Team of the Season for that campaign.

The Spain international joined Real from Málaga in 2013 and has made 276 appearances for Los Blancos, scoring 47 goals. He has won one La Liga title, one Copa del Rey and has won the Champions League on four occasions.

Real play their last La Liga fixture of the season on Sunday where they host Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabéu.

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Transfer Rumours: Ajax Confirm Ziyech Exit, Man Utd Eye Monaco Ace, Valencia Consider Diaz & More

The Premier League transfer window is officially open, yet we’re yet to have any £100m deals confirmed by any side in England’s top flight. Yes, it’s disappointing, but there’s still plenty of time.

Right about now reports are being fired out hot of the presses, and we just can’t wait to get into a few of ’em and give you the lowdown.

Here’s Friday’s roundup of transfer rumours for your perusal…


Man Utd Locked in ‘Concrete’ Talks With Monaco Outcast

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To kick off with, ?Manchester United are looking to the future and are interested in signing Monaco youngster Hannibal Mejbri. The two parties have been in concrete discussions for several months now.

Described in ?RMC Sport‘s report as the club’s ‘great hope’, Mejbri’s relationship with Monaco has completely broken down and his family have made contact with the legal commission of Ligue 1, asking for their current contract to be abolished.

Mejbri is rated as one of the sharpest young talents around, and also has a spectacular set of locks atop his head. Hey, it all adds up.


Porto Defender Set for Atletico Madrid Switch With Personal Terms Agreed

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Porto defender Felipe is close to swapping Primeira Liga for La Liga, with reports indicating the deal is basically done.

?Atleti have lost metaphorical limb after limb in recent weeks, with Diego Godin and Antoine Griezmann both confirming their respective summer exits.

Thankfully for supporters of the Wanda Metropolitano side, Diego Simeone has moved quickly to size up a replacement for Godin, with ?Record reporting he has passed a medical and agreed a three-year contract ahead of official confirmation of the €25m move.

Finally, some good news, eh Atleti fans?


Ajax Confirm Star Forward Hakim Ziyech Will Leave ‘When a Top Club Comes’

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Marc Overmars has confirmed Ajax forward Hakim Ziyech will most likely leave the club this summer, alerting a host of Europe’s elite sides.

The forward lit up the Champions League with Ajax, but he remains one of a host of players who could eave the Eredivisie champions this summer.

Overmars said, as quoted by ?the Mirror: “That [a move] will come by itself. When that happens, everyone will automatically hear it. He leaves when a top club comes.”

?Bayern Munich’s interest in the Moroccan has been reported ?previously, but apparently their curiosity has intensified according to ?Bild, as a move for Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi is now seen as more complicated than originally thought.


Chelsea Among Host of Clubs Interested in Signing 17-Year-Old MVV Maastricht Defender

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Chelsea are obviously interested in signing players this summer, it just depends on whether they’ll actually be allowed to.

Given their ban was for breaking rules regarding the signings of young, foreign players, it seems they’re tempting fate by going after another young, foreign player in MVV Maastricht defender Xavier Mbuyamba, according to ?Voetbal International.

The 17-year-old has trained with Chelsea’s youth teams this week, but Celtic, Porto, Bayern Munich and ?Liverpool are also thought to be eyeing the teenager up.


Valencia Considering Mariano Diaz Move if They Qualify for Champions League

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Mariano Diaz was slowly wasting away before his move to Lyon in 2017. In Ligue 1, he totally smashed it. Then ?Real Madrid bought him back. 

However, instead of taking on some of the goalscoring burden following Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure, however, the three evil managers to coach Real this season all decided it was appropriate not to play him very often.

Unsurprisingly the 25-year-old has been linked with a summer move and Valencia may make a move if they qualify for the Champions League, according to ?AS. They’ll reach Europe’s top club competition if they beat Real Valladolid on the final day of the season.


Diego Simeone Identifies Marcos Alonso as ‘Chosen One’ to Succeed Filipe Luis

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Remember when fans rated Marcos Alonso as the best left back in the Premier League because he scored goals? Well, his stock has dropped a fair bit ever since it was discovered that he can’t defend very well.

Which makes it all the more odd that, according to ?AS, Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has supposedly identified the Spain international as ‘the chosen one’ to replace Filipe Luis, notably a very good defender and expected to leave this summer.

Knowing Simeone he’ll probably turn Alonso into Europe’s best defender, but blimey, this looks pretty ropey.


Tottenham Linked With Move for £23.5m Rated ‘New Juan Roman Riquelme’

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Tottenham are ?believed to keen on Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon, but if you thought they wouldn’t be eyeing up an obscure, hipster’s choice central midfielder to bolster their ranks…well, you’re terribly mistaken.

According to ?Il Mattino, Spurs are interested in Boca Juniors’ Agustin Almendra, who’s valued at £23.5m and has been compared to Argentina legend Juan Roman Riquelme.

However, the Champions League finalists face competition from Paris Saint-Germain, Inter, Napoli and Benfica for the 19-year-old’s signature.


Ralph Hasenhuttl Eyes Ademola Lookman Reunion at Southampton Following Disappointing Season

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People thought Ademola Lookman might have a decent chance of breaking into Everton’s starting lineup this season after impressing in spells while on loan at RB Leipzig.

However, he’s been shunted to the back of the attacking pecking order, behind players like Richarlison, Theo Walcott and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and is now being targeted by Southampton for a potential summer switch, according to ?the Independent.

Saints coach Ralph Hasenhuttl coached Lookman during their time together in the Bundesliga and wanted to sign him permanently, but Everton wouldn’t budge on their £28m asking price. After a season of bench warming, that fee is expected to drop.


Leicester and Everton Consider Swoops for RB Leipzig Forward

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Speaking of RB Leipzig, ever heard of Jean-Kevin Augustin? Everton and Leicester have, and both have made informal enquiries over his availability, according to ?the Telegraph.

The Frenchman, signed from PSG in 2017, is expected to fetch around £17.5m if he does leave Red Bull Arena.

Everton expect Cenk Tosun to move on in the summer following a disappointing spell at Goodison Park, while Leicester may be looking for a competent back-up for regular starting striker Jamie Vardy.

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