On Saturday, Real Madrid will travel south to Seville to take on Real Betis at the Benito Villamarin stadium. Historically, a match at the Benito Villamarin has always been difficult with an imposing atmosphere and a motivated Betis squad. Players like Isco and Willian Jose, both of whom have played for Madrid, will be eager to do well but they will be missing many of their talented teammates.
No less than five starters for Manuel Pellegrini are out injured or suspended, with additional rotation pieces missing: Nabil Fekir, William Carvalho, Marc Barta, Youssouf Sabaly, Hector Bellerin, and Guido Rodriguez are all expected to miss Saturday’s match. Couple those absences with the loss of star man Sergio Canales over the summer and the dip in form plus subsequent benching of Borja Iglesias, and Madrid will no doubt face a weaker Betis side.
Given all the injuries in the Real Madrid camp (Vini JR, Camavinga, Tchouameni, Militao, Courtois, and Guler) Betis will still feel they have an opportunity to nick a point or three against the league leaders. After the Napoli game, an away match against Betis — even with a depleted side — will be the next big test for Madrid’s strength in depth.