Our football match prediction:
Real Betis did remarkably well to beat Athletic Bilbao in their last home game in La Liga, but their away performances leave a lot to be desired. Los Beticos are on a three-match losing run on the road and they failed to impress in a 1-0 loss to Alaves. The Andalusian outfit welcome Leganes at their Estadio Benito Villamarin on Sunday and seeing that only two points separate the two teams in the La Liga standings, a close encounter appears on the cards. Leganes have been having their ups and downs so far this season, but given that they suffered three defeats in previous four away fixtures in the league, we predict that Real Betis will return to winning ways on Matchday 17. It has to be noted that los Beticos scored six goals in last three home games in the Spanish elite division. Experienced attacker Ruben Castro is enjoying yet another successful season and he is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition back-line.
Highligted Player (Felipe Gutierrez):
Felipe Gutierrez is a Spanish footballer who plays as a central midfielder for La Liga side Real Betis. The Chilean international is capable of playing as both attacking and left midfielder as well and he started his senior career at Universidad Catolica. He scored 19 goals in 65 appearances for los Cruzados, but in 2012 he decided to move to Europe. Gutierrez signed a deal with Eredivisie side Twente in June 2012 for a fee of $4 million. After making 94 league appearances for Twente he joined La Liga team Real Betis on 6 July, 2016. Felipe Gutierrez won Copa America with Chile in 2015 as La Roja defeated star-studded Argentina in the title game. Speaking of his club honours, Gutierrez won the 2010 Primera Division de Chile trophy with Universidad Catolica. It has to be noted that he was named Most Valuable Player of the Eredivisie for the 2013/2014 campaign. Felipe Gutierrez earned his 27th cap for Chile in a 4-1 win over Venezuela in the World Cup qualifiers in March 2016.
Highlighted Team (Leganes):
Leganes are a Spanish football club that have mostly been playing in lower leagues. Los Pepineros play their home games at Batarque (Madrid) and the capacity of the stadium is just 8,138. Leganes secured their promotion to the Spanish La Liga for the first time ever in 2016 and, no doubt, that is considered the club’s biggest success. Leganes’ bitterest rivals are fellow capital club Getafe and there have always been fireworks when the two teams take on each other in the South Madrid derby. The colour of the team’s home kit is white and blue, whilst their away kits are green. The likes of Pierre Webo, Samuel Eto’o, Ivan Zarandona, Jose Chamot, Catanha, Ruben Falcon, Jordi Lardin and Pedro Lago are famous players who were part of the Batarque outfit in the past. Lady Maria Victoria Pavon is the first female president in the history of the club and she has been in charge of the club since 2009.