After claiming a vital victory last weekend, will Espanyol leap further clear of the relegation zone?
Last Sunday, Joselu’s amazing goal from all of 50 meters, followed by Javi Puado’s impudent dink, saw the Catalan side beat Getafe 2-1 at the Coliseum.
This ended a seven-game winless streak for Diego Martínez’s team who, as a result, jumped out of the relegation zone and up to 14th.
So now, can Blanquiazules win back-to-back La Liga games for the first time since October 2021?
Real Betis meantime haven’t been in league action since 8 January, beating Rayo Vallecano back then, suffering double penalty shootout heartbreak in the intervening fortnight.
First, los Verdiblancos were eliminated by Barcelona in the Supercopa de España semi-finals in Saudi Arabia.
Six nights later, the holders were dumped out the Copa del Rey by Osasuna, conceding equalisers in both stoppage time and extra time.
On both occasions, Manuel Pellegrini’s team drew 2-2 before bowing out 4-2 in the shootout, with Béticos missing their third and fourth spot-kicks both times.
So now, until their Europa League round of 16 tie commences on 9 March, Betis’ sole focus is on La Liga.
Espanyol meantime also exited the Copa del Rey on Wednesday night, rather less dramatically beaten 1-0 by Athletic Club at San Mamés.
Back in La Liga, will there be a winner at RCDE Stadium?