Malaga kept their hopes of making the Champions League quarter finals alive by holding Porto to a single goal winning margin on Tuesday and Real Betis will be hoping to take advantage of any tiredness following the midweek exertion.
Malaga have however won their 4-0 in their last two league games following midweek Champions League duty.
Betis are also on a poor run and their earlier season dreams of making the Champions League now look unlikely. The club are now on a seven game winless streak which has seen them slip to eighth in the table. At home, they have at least avoided defeat in recent games and they are still unbeaten this year at the Benito Villamarin. Goals have been a problem in Ruben Castro’s absence though and they have failed to score in their last four matches.
Castro could make a return this weekend which would give a timely boost to the side. Even if the side’s top scorer does return, he may take some time to get into the game and with Malaga coming off the back of a tough away Champions League trip, a slow start is expected on Sunday. Mauricio Pelligino’s side have only scored four goals away from home in the first half but are yet to trail at the break on the road. Odds of 2/1 at BetVictor that this match is goal-less in the first half look worth taking – the meeting here last year also ended 0-0.
This time around though, we would expect Malaga’s quality to come through against a Betis side struggling for confidence of late so it may also be worth backing a draw at half-time with the away side to knick the win in the second half.
Draw at half-time (2/1 with BetVictor)
Draw at half-time and Malaga to win (6/1 BetVictor)