Real Betis v Getafe – Benito Villamarín at 20:00 Live at Sky Sports

Real Betis finished a disappointing 15th last season and as a result brought in Quique Setien as their new boss in the summer. The former Las Palmas head coach has enjoyed great summer with the Gran Canarians, playing an exciting and attacking brand of football.

The hierarchy at the Estadio Benito Villamarin demanded entertainment, strong performances in front of their adoring supporters and players willing to work. The club sold record numbers of season tickets and Setien certainly fit the bill for the available gig.

His Las Palmas team had suffered only six defeats as hosts last term – each arriving against top-half opponents and Los Verdiblancos appear to be following a familiar formula. Betis have already claimed four victories from five on home soil with their only loss coming against high-flying Valencia.

Betis to continue hot home streak

All four of the triumphs have been over bottom-half dwellers with Setien’s daring brand of passing football making the hosts, not just effective on the field, but easy on the eye from the stands. And we should expect Betis to continue their upsurge on Friday night when Getafe arrive.

Los Verdiblancos have overcome four of their last five newly-promoted visitors at the Benito Villamarin and also triumphed in 12 of their past 17 when welcoming bottom-half clubs to their Andalusian home. A repeat appeals at kind 2.07 odds.

Getafe back in La Liga

Guests Getafe bounced straight back up to La Liga after winning the Segunda promotion play-offs. The capital club managed only three wins in their first 12 encounters but was fairly consistent thereafter and boasted the second-best home record in the second-tier.

However, Los Azulones toiled on their travels (W5-D7-L9), following on from a dismal road record in their relegation campaign where Getafe suffered 14 defeats in 19 away outings. And when meeting top-six sides last term, Pepe Bordalas’ boys managed just W2-D5-L3.

They’ve returned W1-D3-L1 in five games as guests thus far but four of their previous five hosts are currently residing in the bottom-eight of La Liga whilst last weekend they were played off the park for an hour by Real Sociedad before snatching two late goals.

Bordalas likes to set his side up to contain but such tactics could prove fruitless on Friday night as an energetic Betis team search for another three points.

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Real Betis -0.50 at 2.100

By @MarkOHaire

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