Real Madrid will be hoping to build on their El Clasico triumph when they travel to a struggling Real Betis on Sunday.
Los Blancos overcame their bitter rivals thanks to goals from Vinicius Jr. and Mariano Diaz to leapfrog their rivals at the top of La Liga.
Betis have just one league win in 2020 and are now starting to look nervously over their shoulder, despite it appearing that they were well on track for a top-half finish at one point this season.
They’re unbeaten in their last two meetings with Madrid and will be hoping to make it three on Sunday.
Real Betis vs Real Madrid: Key details, TV & live stream info
Competition: La Liga
Venue: Benito Villamarin Stadium
Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020
Kick-off: 8:00 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): LaLigaTV
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Last five meetings: Real Betis vs Real Madrid
02 Nov 2019: Real Madrid 0-0 Real Betis (La Liga)
19 May 2019: Real Madrid 0-2 Real Betis (La Liga)
13 Jan 2019: Real Betis 1-2 Real Madrid (La Liga)
18 Feb 2018: Real Betis 3-5 Real Madrid (La Liga)
20 Sep 2017: Real Madrid 0-1 Real Betis (La Liga)
Aggregate Score: Real Betis (DWLLW) 7-7 Real Madrid (DLWWL)
Ones to watch
Real Betis: Emerson
The 21-year-old right-back has caught the eye for Betis this season and rightly so. The Brazilian is on loan from Barcelona and will look to challenge Nelson Semedo when he returns to Catalonia after a mightily impressive season for Betis. Remember the name — he’ll be playing on the European stage in no time.
Key stat: No defender has more La Liga assists (5) than Emerson this season.
Real Madrid: Vinicius Jr.
There has never been any doubting that Vinicius has immense natural talent, but his output has simply failed to match this ability. Could last weekend’s performance against Barcelona be the turning point? He ran Barca ragged and scored a vital goal in what could be a season-defining win. Zidane trusted him on the biggest stage — he must now repay his manager.
Key stat: Vinicius Jr’s strike against Barcelona was his first in the league since August.
Marco Bartra returns from his ban but William Carvalho is a doubt after missing last week’s defeat to Valencia.
Juanmi, Alfonso Pedraza and Diego Lainez are all out.
Predicted XI: Roble; Emerson, Mandi, Bartra, Moreno; Gonzalez; Joaquin, Canales, Guardado, Fekir; Iglesias.
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Eden Hazard requires surgery on his ankle injury and is unavailable for this clash. Marco Asensio remains a long-term absentee, but Rodrygo is available again after suspension.
Predicted XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Mendy; Casemiro, Kroos, Valverde; Vinicius Jr, Benzema, Rodrygo.
The away team tends to win in this fixture and we think that trend will continue on Sunday. Betis are on a dreadful run of form and Madrid will be on top of the world after defeating Barcelona last weekend.