Betis, to put their feet in dust

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Betis can achieve this next Monday, if he adds to the Alaves at Benito Villamarín his fourth consecutive victory, equaling his points record and surpassing the number of victories achieved in the first 26 days of the League throughout the 21st century. After the defeat this Friday of Villarreal in Mestalla (2-1), Pellegrini’s men, if they defeat Pitu Abelardo’s team -who has never beaten Betis in the First Division as a coach- would put their feet in dust, they would distance themselves from the seventh classified in five points and they could leave the eighth to nine if Granada lose in San Mamés against Athletic.

The record of points after the dispute of 26 days in the XXI century is held by Real Betis in the 42 that it added in the 2001/02 season, when at this point in the League it was 5th with Juande Ramos. With Serra he was 7th with 41 points in 2004/05 and with Pepe Mel also 7th in 2012/13 with 40. In all of them he managed to qualify for European competition, in 2005 for the Champions League. In the 2017/18 season Betis was 9th with 37 points -it also went to Europe- and in the following 8th with 36, in both cases under Setién’s command. Last season with Rubi Betis was 14th with 30 points and is currently 6th with 39 and on Monday they can reach 42 in case of victory, which would equal their best score of the 21st century.

Real Betis can add on Monday its 13th league victory in the first 26 games of the season, which would also be its best mark of the 21st century, since the current one is in the 12 wins achieved in 2012/13, while 11 had in 2001/02, 2004/05 and 2017/18. The absolute record of points and victories after 26 rounds was set by Betis in the 1996/97 season, when he added 50 points, after 14 wins, 8 draws and 4 defeats, at the hands of Lorenzo Serra, who a couple of days ago He was congratulated by the social networks of the Verdiblanco club for his 68th birthday.

They will keep the sixth place whatever happens this day

After the defeat of Villarreal this Friday at Mestalla (2-1), Betis -which will maintain its sixth place at the end of this day no matter what happens- has on Monday the opportunity to distance itself by five points from the Castellón, who are currently seventh and they started the year with the same difference in their favor against the Verdiblancos. A victory on Monday against Alavés would leave Betis with a 5-point difference over the 7th place and maybe up to 9 over the 8th, which is currently Granada (33 points), who visit Athletic (with 30) in San Mamés. The Real Sociedad, which is fifth with 42 points and is also within reach of the Verdiblancos -which the particular average wins-, receives this Sunday Levante, which is ninth with 32.

So far in 2021, Real Betis has added 20 points in nine games, while in those same games Real and Levante have added 13, Athletic 12 (with one less played), Villarreal 11 (with one played less). more), Celta 7 and Granada 6, with which Pellegrini’s men have cut points from all of them and now they can start to mark distances. A triumph on Monday against Alavés, on the eve of visiting Sevilla FC in the derby the following week, would notably consolidate Real Betis’ European options, which a couple of months ago to the vast majority of their fans seemed like a chimera.