He Real Madrid, that next Saturday visits the Benito Villamarin, where he already lost last March, is the ‘great’ of The league what better is given to Real Betis lately, as the Verdiblancos have had three victories, a draw and two defeats against the Madridistas in the three preceding seasons, while the other ‘greats’ of LaLiga, such as Barcelona, Atlético, Athletic and Valencia, the Betis have only been win in one of six recent matchups.
Real Betis have won 3 of the last 6 games that they 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 Joel Robles match – in Madrid. The two defeats of the last three years were recorded at home (1-2 in 2018/19 and 3-5 in 2017/18). The last three clashes between Real Betis and Real have resulted in two Betis victories and a draw, as the last merengue victory was in January 2019 with a free-kick from Dani Ceballos in the 88th minute that made it 1-2.
To count another three Real Betis triumphs against Real Madrid, it would be necessary to review the games played since the beginning of the 21st century, throughout 18 years, in which the Verdiblancos were only able to win 3 times out of 32, although in the Round of 16 of the Copa del Rey in 2007, a couple of draws were enough (0-0 at Villamarín and 1-1 at the Bernabéu) to eliminate the meringues.
The recent good balance of Real Betis against the most successful team in LaLiga (34 titles has Real Madrid) contrasts with the one it maintains with the other ‘greats’ of the league tournament, since with FC Barcelona (26 titles) it adds these last three campaigns one win and five losses; and with Atlético (10 titles), Athletic (8 titles) and Valencia (6 titles) presents the same balance with all three: one victory, one draw and four defeats.