Real Madrid start preparations for Betis clash without Vinicius

Annette Crawford
January 14, 2019

The first half of the season concludes over the weekend in La Liga.

Real Betis sits sixth in La Liga, 14 points behind Barcelona.

Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari insists Isco remains in his plans.

The hosts, meanwhile, will also be pushing for a return to winning ways after they went down 2-1 at the hands of Huesca last weekend. Left-back Junior Firpo and center-back Sidnei will both miss the game on Sunday with injuries. The match starts at 19:45 on 13 January 2019.

Santiago Solari will once again be without the services of Thibaut Courtois, Toni Kroos and Gareth Bale for tonight's encounter.

Vinicius has registered either a goal or assist every 59 minutes since making his debut for Los Blancos in September and has had increasing prominence under Solari. The injuries will place more reliance on Karim Benzema to capitalize on his chances. He has scored in each of his last four visits to the green and white stadium and his overall record against the Sevillians is seven goals in ten games (0.7 per game). A kid of 18 has arrived and is doing very well.

Madrid are fifth in La Liga having lost to Real Sociedad at home as well as drawing at struggling Villarreal. Live streaming is available on beIN Sports Connect, which you can access with your cable or satellite subscriptions, either online or through the beIN Sports Connect app.

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