The Real Betis, thanks to his triumph this Sunday in Cadiz (0-1) and the subsequent defeat of Villarreal before him Athletic (0-2), has been placed on the 25th day sixth in the standings, occupying European place for the first time in the last five months, since it did not do so since at the beginning of October he won Valencia in Mestalla. The Verdiblancos have six victories, a draw and a defeat in their last eight games and reach 39 points, equaling the second highest figure they have achieved throughout the 21st century. To win on the next round at Alaves those of Pellegrini would equal the record of points at this point in the League achieved with Juande Ramos in 2011/02, when they were 42 after the 26-game dispute.
Only FC Barcelona, with seven victories and a draw – against Cádiz – has more points (22) than Betis (19) in their last eight league games, because in this section Atlético (17) have yielded two draws – Celta and Levante- and a defeat -Levante-; Real Madrid (19) a draw -Osasuna- and a defeat -Levante-; and Sevilla FC (18), two defeats, against Atlético and Barcelona. Real Sociedad (15) have won their last three games before taking on Madrid this Monday, but came off a streak of only one victory in the previous eleven league games, while Villarreal (8) since winning on January 8 Celta has only added 5 draws and 2 losses in the League, leaving 16 points along the way.
Betis has added in these last 8 days almost as many points (19) as in the previous 17 (20), which has allowed it to climb positions in the standings after notably cutting differences with almost all the teams that preceded it. Villarreal already surpasses him and Real Sociedad, which got 12 points out of him at the end of November, has it only two points away, waiting for what he does against Real Madrid.
The last victory of Betis, against Cádiz
The best score for Real Betis in the 21st century after the 25 matchday dispute was the 41 points that he added in 2004/05 under Lorenzo Serra, followed by 39 in 2001/02 with Juande, 2012/13 with Mel and the current ones with Pellegrini. On matchday 26 the record for points in the current XXI century is held by Betis in the 42 that it added in 2001/02, which then had it two points behind the leader, and ultimately champion, Valencia, and only one Real Madrid and Barcelona, who were second and third.
The best classifications and scores for Real Betis throughout the 21st century are these: 6th in the 2001/02 season with 59 points, 4th in 2004/05 with 62, 7th in 2012/13 with 56 and 6th in 2017 / 18 with 60. On three of those occasions he qualified for the Europa League and on one of them, 2004/05, for the Champions League.