Following an impressive first half to the season, Real Betis sat just four points off a Champions League spot in February. Since then, their fortunes have taken a significant turn for the worse and they now find themselves in 11th place.
Betis’ opponents on Monday night, Espanyol, went into this game level on points with their hosts, albeit with a marginally superior goal difference. At the beginning of November, Rubi’s side were second in La Liga behind Barcelona.
With both teams’ campaigns crawling over the line in disappointing fashion, this game was unlikely to spark either into a late surge for the European spots. This analysis will attempt to understand why neither side managed to take all three points.
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