Part two in the green-and-white uniform, Pepe-coached, Yellow Submarine loanee tour. The 'B' team started things off right with a solid 2-0 home win over Elche. Now it's the 'A' team's turn at the Benito Villamarín.
Real Betis hosts Villarreal in the Saturday night kickoff in La Liga's jornada 32. Expect the home crowd to be a factor, as a win would be a big step to safety for both sides. That often means a draw is likely, but some free-flowing football is on order. At least from the hosts.
The first leg at El Madrigal saw a dour 1-0 win for the Yellow Submarine, with Betis in control of possession but up against a rejuvenated Villarreal defense. Sound familiar? We also stretched our clean sheet streak to three matches. A repeat performance today? But the manager then was Juan Carlos Garrido, not Miguel Ángel Lotina (and don't forget José Francisco Molina in between).
A few introductions are in order: nice to see you, Javier Matilla and Jony Pereira. See you soon, Jefferson Montero; don't hurt us. Welcome back, Nilmar; we missed you. Wasn't sure we'd see you again, José Manuel Catalá.Lineups (confirmed):
Villarreal (4-3-2-1): D. López; Mario, Gonzalo, Musacchio, Oriol; Ángel, Senna, Bruno; Borja, Cani; Ruben.
Real Betis (4-4-2): Fabricio; Nacho, Paulão, Dorado, Nélson; Montero, Beñat, Cañas, Pereira; Santa Cruz, Castro.
The match begins at 4 pm Eastern Time. Expect streams. Endavant Villarreal!