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Wednesday’s European Preview: Real Madrid aim to push on

A condensed European schedule lies in store on Wednesday, with La Liga the only of the continent’s major leagues in action.

In a four-match programme, Real Madrid will be looking to push on from their Clasico win when they make the trip to basement boys Elche, while chasers Betis battle the similarly struggling Cadiz.

The Verdiblancos will be keeping a close eye on the result from San Sebastian, too, where an in-form Real Sociedad welcome Mallorca.

Betis bouncing back from barren spell

WhatCadiz v Real Betis
WhereEstadio Nuevo Mirandilla, Cadiz, Spain
When18:00, Wednesday 19th October
How to watchLa Liga TV
OddsCadiz 3/1, Draw 23/10, Real Betis 1/1

Real Betis had dropped points just once going into round six of La Liga action, but a rocky patch of form on the road handed them both a defeat at mid-table Celta Vigo and, more troublingly for coach Manuel Pellegrini, a goalless draw with relegation-threatened Valladolid.

The slump was arrested with a 3-1 win over Almeria last time out though, William Carvalho clinching a double with Borja Iglesias also among the goals - Portugal’s Carvalho now has as many goals this term as he managed in the whole of last season, and is 10/1 to net another anytime against Cadiz.

Technically the hosts are unbeaten in four matches, though that statistic does rather mask the true picture. Their only win of the season came at the start of that run in a 1-0 victory over Valladolid and they have since shared the spoils against Villarreal, Espanyol and Girona.

What’s more, Cadiz’s woes are compounded by their lack of an outlet to rescue themselves - they have scored just four goals in their nine games, conceding 17. A Betis win to nil is available at better than double money, at 9/4.

No stopping Real Sociedad

WhatReal Sociedad v Mallorca
WhereEstadio Anoeta, San Sebastian, Spain
When19:00, Wednesday 19th October
How to watchN/A
OddsReal Sociedad 11/20, Draw 3/1, Mallorca 11/2

Sunday’s victory at Celta Vigo made it 12 points from 12 for Real Sociedad, which, coupled with the Europa League wins over Omonia and Sheriff, mark the perfect response to a disappointing 2-1 defeat to lowly Getafe in late September.

The Basques went to town at Girona in a 5-3 win, but their other three league victories came by virtue of a single-goal margin against mid-table opposition. The high-scoring win in Catalonia proved a special case, as six out of their last eight matches in all competitions have brought either two or three goals only, with a repeat against Mallorca on Wednesday priced at 20/21.

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Their visitors from the Balearic Islands are firmly anchored in mid-table, with nine points from their nine games, though a mere draw against Elche on October 10th is the only time they have avoided defeat in their last three matches.

Unlike their goalsome hosts, who have 15 to their name, Mallorca have struggled to find the target, netting only seven so far this term.

Golden boy Benzema ready to bolster Madrid title charge

WhatElche v Real Madrid
WhereEstadio Manuel Martinez Valero, Elche, Spain
When20:00, Wednesday 19th October
How to watchLa Liga TV
OddsElche 15/2, Draw 19/4, Real Madrid 3/10

Freshly rewarded for his unrivalled scoring abilities with this year’s Ballon d’Or, Karim Benzema will again go in search of goals as the La Liga leaders travel to Elche.

Still yet to taste defeat domestically this season, Madrid rose to the challenge last time out in their biggest clash yet, seeing off arch-rivals Barcelona 3-1 with goals from the Frenchman and Fede Valverde, before Rodrygo sealed victory from the penalty spot.

In addition to leading the La Liga standings, Los Blancos are also out in front in terms of goals scored, with 22 so far, and a win over Elche will see them stretch the gap on both fronts between themselves and their closest challengers, Barca, who must wait until Thursday’s encounter with Villarreal to try and get back into some kind of rhythm.

And, still searching for a first win of the campaign, Elche face a monumental task if they are to match what only Osasuna have managed - take points off the capital club.

Wednesday’s hosts are unbeaten in two, having clinched respectable draws against Mallorca and Valencia, but a 3-0 humbling at the hands of Barcelona four matches ago will endure.

The teams have met twice so far in 2022, with both clashes coming in the space of four days in January. In each, the scores were level after 90 minutes, with the Madrilenos coming through in extra-ti0me in the Copa del Rey encounter before sharing the league points on their Bernabeu return.

As such, Carlo Ancelotti’s men will be out for revenge and odds of 3/1 say that over 3.5 goals will be scored.

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