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Real Betis vs Athletic Club betting tips: La Liga preview, predictions and odds

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Match preview

Two teams hoping to gatecrash the top four places go head-to-head in Seville.

Athletic Club Bilbao currently occupy that all-important final Champions League spot, targeting their highest finish for nine seasons.

Ernesto Valverde was in charge back then, and his reappointment as Head Coach in the summer has rejuvenated the entire club.

The Lions have won five of seven matches at San Mamés this season, most-recently defeating Villarreal and Real Valladolid just before the World Cup.

On the road though, Athletic are winless in four, their only victories coming at Cádiz and Elche, the two sides currently bottom and second bottom.

So, Real Betis will fancy their chances of picking up three points on home turf.

Manuel Pellegrini’s team were hammered 3-0 by Valencia in their most-recent outing and, with Béticos entering the Copa del Rey in round three, they haven’t been in competitive action since that game 49 days ago.

That demolition means Betis have won just one of their last five league games, despite winning five of their first six.

This one at Estadio Benito Villamarín could go either-way.

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