It has been a difficult start to the season at Real Betis. Some disastrous results and a lack of urgency on the pitch had left some fans assuming the worst. Who could blame them? With losses to Villarreal, Valladolid, Granada, Real Sociedad, Sevilla, and Barcelona, it has been far from the perfect start for the boys in green so far this season. Many fans had hoped that a new sponsorship deal with online broker easyMarkets would have propelled the club up the league this season, but alas, the start of the campaign had been less than stellar to say the least.
This, may be about to change however, as a surprise away draw again Real Madrid and a win over Valencia in the last three games has gone a long way to placating the Betis faithful, and some are now thinking that perhaps a corner has been turned in the season, and better times now await.
The next three fixtures offer two particularly important face-offs that Betis should be pushing to win, with a trip to fellow strugglers Mallorca and another away fixture at Espanyol on the table (albeit those fixtures are dissected with a tricky home tie against Athletic Bilbao).
While the results are obviously the most important factor here, the manner in which the team are currently playing is sure to give hope to the fans going into the winter fixtures. The Seville derby was a fiercely contended game, with Betis piling on the pressure in the second half of the match. The draw with Real Madrid was hard-fought too, with a decent defensive performance on show, as well as as the likes of Nabil Fekir and Loren Moron going close against former Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. There was an early scare when Eden Hazard netted, only for the goal to be ruled out by VAR. At the other end of the pitch, Betis keeper Joel Robles was assured between the sticks, saving late on from both Vinicius Jr and Dani Carvajal.
This change in attitude by the players has come as a welcome surprise for many, with a ‘never say die’ attitude seemingly infecting the team at the exact moment things were starting to look a little precarious for Betis. This was especially prevalent during the win over Valencia, where Sergio Canales buried a stoppage-time winning free-kick to sent the Betis fans into a frenzy.
Can a new signing make the difference?
There is also perhaps some good news heading to the Seville-based club in the transfer market too. With Betis looking for a replacement for William Carvalho who has been injured for most of the current campaign, Juve’s Emre Can is being touted as a possible solution. The German is reported to be currently unhappy at Juventus, after being ignored by the new coach Maurizio Sarri, and a move could well be on the table this winter. A move for a player of Can’s calibre would not only show intent on the part of Real Betis, but also having another defensive midfield option should help a team that is currently leaking too many goals. With the player himself already saying that Betis tried to sign him in the summer, and “perhaps something may happen in January”, it will be worth Betis fans keeping an eye on this particular story for developments.
Overall the season ahead from Real Betis is not necessarily as bleak as it had looked a few months back. A few decent results around Christmas, and a clever signing or two during the winter transfer window could change the fortunes of the club, and give the fans a new outlook for the new year ahead.