The champion is going for his first win in the season where he suffered his last loss in the local tournament. The Andalusians arrive with an ideal score.
Real Madrid visit Betis, a team with a perfect start on the two initial dates of La Liga Santander in Spain, on an excursion of the current champion to Andalusia in which he will seek his first victory in the new season and with the antecedent of having suffered his last defeat in the domestic tournament at the Benito Villamarín stadium, before the coronavirus pandemic.
The meeting, corresponding to the third day of the tournament, it will be played at 4:00 p.m. (Argentine time) with arbitration by Ricardo de Burgos Bengoechea and live television broadcast by DirecTV Sports (channels 610 and 1610 HD).
Real Madrid could barely draw without goals in its debut in the League against Real Sociedad in San Sebastián, and will try in Seville to score the first victory of the season against an opponent who in the previous tournament withdrew undefeated in the two games against him. champion.
In fact, Zinedine Zidane’s team accumulates a streak of 12 games without defeats in Spain, since on March 8 it suffered its last fall precisely at Benito Villamarín, by 2 to 1, on the last date that was played before strict confinement was ordered for the Covid-19 pandemic.
Since then, and in the return to the competition after the forced suspension, the merengue team has stacked a series of 10 wins and just one draw, with which they beat Barcelona in hand-to-hand for the title in which, prior to the health emergency, the Catalans had a lead of two points (58 to 56) at the top of the standings.
Finally, Real Madrid was consecrated with five more units (87 to 82) than Barça.
Nobody, except Manchester City in the Champions League, has been able to beat Real Madrid since then. The Andalusian team could also boast of being the only one last season not to lose to the merengue team, which has been doing quite well lately even without being well.
And it is that Betis did not lose last year at the Santiago Bernabéu, where they drew without goals, and where they had also won 0-2 in the last game of the 2018-19 season.
To these results must be added the victory by 0-1 of the 2017-18, all matches with Zidane on the bench, a statistical demonstration that the French have not been very good at the Betic team, which they have not won. in five of his eight meetings since joining the white club in 2016.
In addition, the game comes to the current champion after the bittersweet sensations that he left in his premiere last Sunday against Real Sociedad and that are opposed to the more positive ones that a Betis trained by an old man known as the Chilean Manuel Pellegrini, who led the White House in the 2009-10 season.
The 13-time European champion must find the key to improve in attack, where it seems that something is still missing so that everything does not happen again due to the goals of Karim Benzema.
Zidane is still waiting to have the best version of Eden Hazard, which will not play in Andalusia either.
In San Sebastián, it was Vinicius and Rodrygo who accompanied the Frenchman, but before the first accumulation of matches with the next day during the week, there could be changes.
In this sense, Zizou Nor does he recover Marco Asensio, so his options are reduced and he could repeat with the two Brazilians, and with Isco Alarcón in the hitch role that Odegaard performed in San Sebastián within a more unusual 4-2-3-1.
In this sense, the return of Casemiro is expected to play as a central midfielder. The Brazilian was a substitute last Sunday and it will be necessary to see if Zidane has his usual companions (Kroos and Modric) or keeps Odegaard, delaying his position further. No changes are expected behind, although Marcelo could relieve Mendy.
Betis comes to the game with strengthened spirits after having obtained six points at stake so far thanks to their victories against Deportivo Alavés in the Basque Country (1 to 0) and Valladolid (2 to 0) to occupy the joint leadership together to Granada.