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Match preview: Betis-Málaga

Málaga CF is heading to the Benito Villamarín to face Real Betis this Saturday 19th March (10:05 p.m., La 1) in the 30th LaLiga match of the season. Clos Gómez will referee the passionate Andalucían derby.

The Malaguistas, in 9th place with 36 points, are up against Betis, in 11th place with 34 points.  During the first round match of the competition, held at La Rosaleda, Betis won by 0-1 thanks to a solitary goal from Rubén Castro.  The last League clash between these rivals at Heliópolis was the 31st First Division match of the 2013/14 season.  The result was a 1-2 win for Schuster’s Málaga, with goals from Juanmi and Darder overcoming the initial Betis goal by Lolo Reyes.

To take into account:

  • Betis and MCF have met a total of 21 times in the First Division.  The results are totally even: 7 Malaguista victories, 7 draws and 7 Betis wins.
  • Betis have not been defeated out of five consecutive home games in the 2015/16 LaLiga season
  • Rubén Castro has scored 15 of the 27 goals for Betis this League season.  The striker from the Canary Islands is the highest goal-scorer in the elite out of both teams, with 75 goals.  Uche, with 42, is the Blue and Whites’ highest goal-scorer.
  • Marbella-born winger, Javi Ontiveros was with the Green and Whites’ youth ranks, before forming part of the Málaga CF Academy.

Players in common Real Betis-Málaga CF

Zafra, Fernando, Miguel Ángel, Contreras, Tote, Molinero, Nacho, Goitia, Xavi Torres, Portillo, Joaquín, Santa Cruz and Juankar

(*) There were two players who were part of Málaga CF, Monsalvete and Manolo, who were part of the Betis reserve team.  During the time Atlético Malagueño was the first team in the city (1992-1994), there was another player with a Betis B past, Japón.

Coaches in common Real Betis-Málaga CF

Juande Ramos and Antonio Tapia

Players in common Real Betis-CD Málaga

García Díaz, Paquirrini, Muruaga, Comas, Aumesquet, Sobrado, León Lasa, Antúnez, Loli, Américo, Zacarizo, Megido, Tello, Manolo Hierro, Jaro, Txirri, Antonio Monreal and Luis Merino

Coaches in common Real Betis-CD Málaga

Manuel Olivares (*), Antonio Barrios, Pepe Valera, Carlos Iturraspe, Sabino Barinaga and Marcel Domingo

(*) Also a CD Málaga player

Note: The players Sofian and Mosquera belonged to Real Betis B and Atlético Malagueño. José Quirante was coach of Real Betis and CD Malacitano.