This season could still be a famous one for Real Betis, as they remain in the hunt for two major trophies and a place in the top four in La Liga. They hold the advantage ahead of this season leg against Russian outside Zenit Saint Petersburg.
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Real Betis are still in the hunt for silverware this season, and the Europa League could present their best chance at this stage of the campaign. Betis also have one foot in the final of the Copa del Rey, having overcome Rayo Vallecano in the first leg of their semi-final clash at the start of February.
However, their attention this week will be on their second leg against Zenit. Betis already have complete control of the tie after they claimed a dramatic 3-2 win on the road against Zenit last week. All five goals in the game were scored in the first half.
Betis raced into a 2-0 lead after goals from Guido Rodriguez and Willian Jose, before Zenit pulled themselves level. Artem Dzyuba pulled the first goal back, before Malcom scored the second goal for the Russian side just three minutes later. However, Zenit weren’t to be denied the win in the first leg, as they went back ahead before the half time break, as Andres Guardado netted the eventual winner four minutes before half time.
The Spanish side has an excellent record at home in the Europa League this season, as they have won two of the three games that they have played. The only game that they didn’t win was a 1-1 draw against Bayer Leverkusen in the group stages. However, they will feel that their job is very close to being done against their Russian opponents.
Real Betis vs Zenit Head to Head
Zenit have a poor record on the road in Spain, as they have lost eight of their previous ten. Betis also have a fine record after having won an away first leg, as they have progressed from four of their previous five ties. Their only defeat came against Sevilla in the 2013-14 season.
Real Betis vs Zenit Prediction
It already seems as though this tie is effectively over. Betis has an excellent record after winning away from home in the first leg, and there isn’t much evidence to suggest that they will fail to claim victory in the second leg.
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