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La Liga | Gameweek 38
May 25, 2024 at 8pm UK
Estadio Santiago Bernabeu
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Real Madrid
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Nacho (5'), Carvajal (72')

Sokratis (84')

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

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

Concluding a near-faultless 2023-24 La Liga campaign, Real Madrid welcome Europa Conference League-bound Real Betis to Bernabeu on Saturday evening.

Carlo Ancelotti's troops are already sailing off into the title sunset, while their visitors will not move from their seventh-placed position, making this weekend's affair little more than a dead rubber.

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Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti during the press conference on May 7, 2024© Reuters

Refusing to rest on their laurels since ripping the La Liga crown out of Barcelona's grasp, Real Madrid scored at least four goals for the third La Liga match running in last weekend's encounter with Villarreal, having previously put Alaves and Granada to the sword in merciless fashion.

Fledgling talent Arda Guler struck twice alongside efforts from Joselu and Lucas Vazquez, but the Blancos defence were only too happy to aid Alexander Sorloth's quest for the Golden Boot, shipping a mammoth four goals to the Norwegian attacker alone in an eight-goal extravaganza.

A spectacular watch for the neutrals and arguably the Real Madrid fanbase - whose side had already wrapped up the title some weeks ago - that engrossing 4-4 draw leaves Ancelotti's crop on 94 points at the top of the division, their highest total since reaching the coveted 100 in 2011-12 under Jose Mourinho.

Ancelotti's current iteration of Real Madrid will not hit that three-figure total this time around, but they are already enjoying the longest unbeaten run La Liga has ever seen, navigating each of their last 31 games without defeat since September's 3-1 reverse to Atletico Madrid.

Diego Simeone's men were coincidentally the most recent side to get the better of the La Liga champions in any competition, but four months on from January's Copa del Rey heartache, Los Blancos' streak without losing stands at 24 matches in all competitions, making them firm favourites to crush Borussia Dortmund's Champions League fantasy at Wembley on June 1.

Real Betis coach Manuel Pellegrini reacts on February 22, 2024© Reuters

Betis will have more modest European aspirations in mind for the 2024-25 campaign, having failed in their quest to rejoin the Europa League table for the fourth season running, and a first foray into the Europa Conference League league stage awaits Los Verdiblancos next term.

Pellegrini's troops exhibited their powers of recovery last month following a miserable March - where they took zero points from 12 on offer - but their six-match unbeaten run was quickly brought to a halt at home to Real Sociedad on May 19.

Brais Mendez and Mikel Merino sent Imanol Alguacil's men into the half-time break two goals to the good, and even though Abde Ezzalzouli had the chance to cut the arrears in half from the spot, Alex Remiro was equal to the task, thereby ensuring that Betis would emerge on the losing side for just the third time at home in the 2023-24 La Liga.

Los Verdiblancos' reverse to Sociedad eliminated their chances of a top-six placement - they are now four points behind Alguacil's troops while possessing an identical lead over Villarreal in eighth - so the overriding goal at the Bernabeu will be keeping their dignity intact.

Pellegrini's men certainly did that in a 1-1 stalemate with Real Madrid in their opening battle of the campaign - the third draw from the last four meetings between the two Real outfits - but that low-key scrap marked a seventh game without a win for Los Verdiblancos against the champions since a 2-1 success in March 2020, where Cristian Tello was the hero.

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Team News

Real Madrid's Aurelien Tchouameni during the warm up on February 13, 2024© Reuters

It is as you were on the injury front for Real Madrid ahead of their last domestic engagement, as David Alaba is still on the long road to recovery from his ACL injury, while Aurelien Tchouameni (foot) will not make the Champions League final despite his best efforts.

As has been customary for Los Blancos at this stage of the season, Ancelotti significantly rotated his resources for the Villarreal fixture and should revert to a full-strength setup on Saturday, where Thibaut Courtois will get the nod in goal over Andriy Lunin.

The unquenchable attacking trio of Jude Bellingham, Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo should also return to their rightful places in Ancelotti's 4-3-1-2 shape, spelling bad news for talented Turk Guler, Brahim Diaz and Joselu, who is still being left in limbo over his Blancos future.

However, one man whose future is more clearly defined is Toni Kroos, who will play his final La Liga match for Real Madrid on Saturday before walking away from the game later this year.

As for Saturday's visitors, Pellegrini would have had Aitor Ruibal back at his disposal following a yellow card-induced suspension, but the defender is absent from the squad for unexplained reasons, while the rejuvenated Isco will miss out on a reunion with his old employers due to a fibula fracture.

Marc Bartra (Achilles) and Cedric Bakambu (tendon) are in the same boat, while none of Guido Rodriguez (hamstring), German Pezzella (toe), Chimy Avila (hamstring), Abner Vinicius (unspecified), Pablo Fornals (unspecified) and William Carvalho (discomfort) have recovered in time.

Both Fornals and Carvalho only lasted until half time in the loss to Sociedad, and the former's problem could open the door for Ezzalzouli to start in the final third, in spite of his penalty failure last Sunday.

Pellegrini also revealed in his pre-game press conference that Chadi Riad would miss the game as he finalises a switch to Premier League side Crystal Palace, so Deportivo captain Ricardo Visus should partner the veteran Sokratis at the back.

Real Madrid possible starting lineup:
Courtois; Carvajal, Rudiger, Nacho, Mendy; Valverde, Camavinga, Kroos; Bellingham; Rodrygo, Vinicius Junior

Real Betis possible starting lineup:
Bravo; Sabaly, Sokratis, Visus, Miranda; Roca, Cardoso; Ezzalzouli, Fekir, Perez; Jose

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We say: Real Madrid 2-0 Real Betis

Recent battles between Real Madrid and Real Betis have often been close-run affairs, and with many of Ancelotti's troops also casting their eye over to the Champions League final and Euro 2024, Los Blancos should not go gung-ho in search of a rather meaningless three points.

Nevertheless, with Real Betis arriving at the Bernabeu much worse for wear due to their hefty list of absentees, a full-strength Blancos side should make light work of them either way, ensuring that their morale stores will be at maximum for their Dortmund date.

For data analysis of the most likely results, scorelines and more for this match please click here.

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