Madrid arrives loaded with challenges for Betis

The visit of Real Madrid to the Benito Villamarin arrives loaded with incentives for him Real Betis, which, in the event of a victory, can become the solo leader of the category nine years later – even a draw could be worth it -, sign the best streak in its history against the merengue team or add for the second time in 57 years three victories in the first three days of League. These are several of the milestones that the Betis this saturday in the Villamarin:

+ Betis does not lead the First classification since the start of the 2011/12 season, with Pepe Mel, after winning his first four games – then he lost nine and drew one. The other time he was leader of Primera in the XXI Century was after the 5th and 7th days of the 2001/02 season, with Juande Ramos, after adding five victories, a draw and a defeat (3-2 in Malaga on the 1st day ) in the first seven games. On matchday 3, Real Betis beat Vicente del Bosque’s Real Madrid 3-1 (Casas, Capi and Joaquín) at Benito Villamarín.

+ Real Betis will try to add this Saturday against Real Madrid his third victory in a row in the league start, something he has only achieved once in the last 57 years, since in 1963 he linked four and since then only in 2011 he has linked another four, since both in 1986 and in 1996 he gave up a draw in his third game and in 1987 he lost it, after winning the first two.

+ Manuel Pellegrini can repeat this Saturday against Real Madrid the same starting eleven at Real Betis as in the two previous days, something that has not happened in the Verdiblanco team for more than eight years, since the last time they presented the same line-up in three consecutive games was in March 2012, when Pepe Mel repeated the team against Levante (f), Real Madrid (c) and Rayo (f) on matchdays 26, 27 and 28.

+ Real Betis have won 3 of the last 6 games who have faced Real Madrid in the last three years, twice at the Santiago Bernabéu at the hands of Quique Setién (0-1 and 0-2) and once at Benito Villamarín (2-1) last March under the command of Rubi, with whom he also started a goalless draw last season – in a memorable game by Joel Robles – in Madrid. In the rest of the 21st century, Betis had only won 3 games out of 32 against Real Madrid, against which they never achieved a series of three victories and a draw in four consecutive games, as they can achieve this Saturday.

+ Real Betis will try to achieve this Saturday make it full of victories in the same calendar year against Real Madrid, something that he only achieved twice throughout his history: in 1984, when he won twice at Benito Villamarín 4-1 at the hands of Pepe Alzate , and in 1964, when under the orders of Domingo Balmanya first and Luis Hon later he gave a good account of the two visits that Real Madrid made that year of Miguel Muñoz, Di Stéfano, Gento and company.