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May 16, 2021 at 5.30pm UK at Estadio Benito Villamarin
Real BetisReal Betis
Iglesias (57' pen.)
Lainez (88')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Rico (17'), Galan (28'), Siovas (59'), Ramirez (68'), Ferreiro (86')
Escriche (90+4')

Preview: Real Betis vs. Huesca - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's La Liga clash between Real Betis and Huesca, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Europa League hopefuls Real Betis host relegation candidates Huesca at the Benito Villamarin this weekend, with three points being a worthy prize by both outfits.

Manuel Pellegrini's Betis could climb as high as fifth in the table with a win on Sunday, while Huesca could potentially leapfrog relegation rivals Getafe and Alaves into 15th place with three points this weekend.

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Real Betis manager Manuel Pellegrini pictured in October 2020© Reuters

Like fellow Europa League contenders Real Sociedad and Villarreal, Real Betis have not shown a real drive to secure European football next season, with Pellegrini's men drawing five of their last six games.

On the flipside, Betis have gone unbeaten since mid-March and have only conceded eight goals in ten games, a great example of how the team has shirked off their early-season blunders.

Against Eibar last time out, Pellegrini's men were denied the three points thanks to a late equaliser from Sergi Enrich, who found the back of the net in the 83rd minute.

Much like in that tie, this weekend Betis will come up against another hungry, relegation-threatened outfit, and they will have to fight hard for all three points.

Huesca's Rafa Mir in action against Real Madrid on February 6, 2021© Reuters

Huesca look set for an emotional rollercoaster over the next two weeks with La Liga survival still very much hanging in the balance.

With six teams still jostling amongst themselves in the relegation fight, calling who is likely to go down is proving incredibly difficult.

Huesca's dreams of survival looked to be diminishing before their shock 1-0 win against Athletic Club last time out, with Sandro Ramirez bagging the winning goal in the 61st minute.

Currently 17th on 33 points, Huesca have a slight advantage in the race for top-flight survival, but that could all be lost if Pacheta's men are defeated by Betis this weekend.

However, three points for Huesca this weekend could all but seal their quest for survival, and that will certainly play on the minds of the team this weekend.

Real Betis La Liga form:
  • D
  • D
  • D
  • D
  • W
  • D

Huesca La Liga form:
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • W

Team News

Huesca's Javi Galan celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates in February 2021© Reuters

Talismanic attackers Joaquin and Sergio Canales could both return to the starting lineup for Betis this weekend, after both were left out of the starting 11 last time out.

Martin Montoya, Dani Martin and Victor Camarasa are all out for Betis this weekend due to injury.

A big miss for Pacheta this weekend is defender Pablo Insua, who is out for the season with an ACL injury.

Goalkeeper Antonio Valera is also unavailable for this tie due to a shoulder injury.

Real Betis possible starting lineup:
Bravo; Emerson, Bartra, Ruiz, Moreno; Rodriguez, Guardado; Joaquin, Fekir, Canales; Iglesias

Huesca possible starting lineup:
Fernandez; Vavro, Pulido, Siovas; Maffeo, Ferreiro, Seoane, Rico, Galan; Mir, Sandro

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We say: Real Betis 1-2 Huesca

With the defensive record that Betis are currently boasting, Huesca will have to come out swinging to get the three points, but we think Pacheta's men have what it takes to beat the Andalusians and take that huge step towards La Liga survival.

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