Los Merengues seek impressive start

Real Madrid defeat Almeria 2-1 in La Liga opener


The only two teams with 100% records at this stage of the LaLiga season will lock horns at Bernabeu on Saturday afternoon, with league leaders Real Madrid welcoming second-placed Real Betis.

Defending champions Real Madrid were 3-1 winners over Espanyol last time out, while Real Betis also continued their perfect start to the campaign with a 1-0 success over Osasuna on August 26.

There has not been a drop-off from Real Madrid at the start of the 2022-23 campaign, with Carlo Ancelotti’s side lifting the UEFA Super Cup on August 10 by beating Eintracht Frankfurt before winning their opening three matches of the new La Liga season against Almeria, Celta Vigo and Espanyol.

It has been business as usual for the reigning Spanish and European champions, recording a 2-1 victory over Almeria on the opening weekend of the new campaign before putting four past Celta one week later.

Los Blancos will enter this match off the back of a 3-1 victory over Espanyol, although it was 1-1 until the 88th minute of that contest, with Karim Benzema netting a late double for the capital outfit, who are already top of the division, boasting nine points from an available nine at this stage.

Ancelotti’s side will begin their Champions League campaign away to Scottish giants Celtic next week, and like all the other clubs involved in European football, it will be an incredibly busy few months for the Whites due to the season halting in November for the 2022 World Cup.

Real Madrid have not beaten Real Betis at Bernabeu since March 2017, with each of the last three games in the capital finishing goalless, and the champions could be in line for another tough examination this weekend by their talented opponents.

Real Betis also have a recent Bernabeu win to their name, triumphing 2-0 in May 2019, and they will be looking to continue their 100% start to the campaign at the expense of Ancelotti’s side.

The Green and Whites opened their season with a 3-0 success over Elche before recording a 2-1 victory over Mallorca in their second match of the campaign five days later.

Real Betis found Osasuna to be tricky opposition in Seville last time out, but Borja Iglesias’s first-half effort proved to be enough to secure another three points, meaning that Manuel Pellegrini’s side will enter this weekend’s contest full of confidence.

El Glorioso enjoyed their best finish in La Liga last term since 2004-05, claiming fifth spot, just five points behind fourth-placed Sevilla, with the club set to compete in the Europa League this season.

Like Real Madrid, Real Betis will begin their European campaign next week, facing a trip to Helsinki to take on HJK, while they then have three home games in quick succession against Villarreal, Ludogorets and Girona.