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Real Betis - Real Madrid: live updates

Here come the teams!

The 22 players walk out onto the pitch to a simply fantastic noise!

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What an atmosphere...

The Estadio Benito Villamarín rarely disappoints, and today is looking like one of the best of the season so far!

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The everlasting duo!

Kroos and Modric; Modric and Kroos.

These two seem to have been bossing it at Real Madrid since, well, forever, and now we're about to see them once again for Los Blancos, with the Croatian wearing the armband in Carvajal's absence.

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The pre-game warmups are done!

That means we've got less than 15 minutes to go before the referee blows the whistle to start the Game!

Here are the headlines from the build-up:

- Modric captains the side as Carvajal misses out

- Isco included in Betis XI

- César Soto Grado and Real Madrid's recent issue

- Arda Güler is on his way back

- How to watch the game for free

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Rodri pre-match:

I'd love to be playing, but unfortunately I can't, we just have to be there and ready to go when the manager asks.

I like to play passes, so to have strikers who play in between the centre-backs helps me a lot. Their movement helps me play my game.

I always preferred playing through the middle but since I've been here, I've been on the wing, which, given the players we have, is where I get the most opportunities to play.

Rodri, Real Betis

Half an hour to go!

The two teams have stepped out onto the pitch in the Seville sun and are currently undergoing their respective warmup routines ahead of kick-off.

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Here's a reminder of the starting XIs:

If you've just joined us, here's how the two teams will line up for the game:

REAL BETIS:

GK: Rui Silva

DEF: Aitor - Pezzella - Chadi Riad - Abner

MID: Marc Roca - Altimara - Isco

ATT: Ayoze - Ez Abde - Willian José

 

REAL MADRID:

GK: Lunin

DEF: Lucas - Rüdiger - Alaba - Mendy

MID: Modric - Kroos - Valverde - Bellingham

ATT: Rodrygo - Brahim

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08/12/23 RUEDA DE PRENSA CARLO ANCELOTTI ENTRENADOR REAL MADRID

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Real Madrid angry with LaLiga...

Real Madrid aren’t happy with what LaLiga have given them over the festive period, with the huge number of games causing havoc for their schedule.

Los Blancoshad planned a week-long break in their timetable towards the end of December in order to allow the players to recharge, but the league have put a spanner in the works, scheduling their game against Alavés late on Wednesday night instead of Thursday, as previously planned.

It has caused outrage at Real Madrid HQ, with the technical staff reportedly unhappy at the league for the change and as a result, removing one more name from the Christmas card list this year.

At this rate, they’ll have little Arda Güler writing festive messages with his left hand and sending them to himself. 

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Here's how things look before kick-off...

The fans, while not yet inside the stadium, are certainly gathering outside the gates and are making an incredible noise that continues to grow as kick-off gets closer and closer!

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Tras brillar en el Málaga, firmó en verano de 2013 por el Real Madrid donde permaneció hasta 2022.

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Isco: the nightmare ex?

One player to keep an eye on is Isco.

The midfielder is shining for Real Betis this season after a couple of years in which it felt like his career was only going one way: east to the Saudis.

However, the Spaniard has found a hole at Betis, left by Sergio Canales, who went to Monterrey in Liga MX, and has flourished.

He has been the driving force behind much of Betis’ positive performances this season and will certainly be a pest for whoever in Carlo's XI is tasked to occupy the hole left by the absences of Tchouaméni and Camavinga.

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Carlo Ancelotti issues Arda Güler injury update: when will he make his debut for Real Madrid?

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Carlo Ancelotti issues Arda Güler injury update: when will he make his debut for Real Madrid?

ArdaGüler, believe it or not, is finally on the mend!

The little Turk has suffered a grand total of three knee injuriesduring his first 6 months as a Real Madrid player, and is yet to make his debut with the club in any competition.

He was sent home early from pre-season and from then the club have done everything possible to get him fit, even demoting a club doctor

Now, however, it looks like he is (once again) in the final stages of what has been a long and winding road to recovery. 

He's not fit to feature just yet, but Carlo Ancelotti hinted that he's not far off.

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Tras los 20 primeros puestos encontramos varios equipos españoles: el Real Betis en el puesto 23 con un 84,7% de ocupación; el Athletic Club se encuentra en el puesto 36 con un 84,2% de ocupación; el Valencia CF en el pueto 39 con un 87,6% y el FC Barcelona en el puesto 41 con un 85,3% de ocupación.

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Where do Real Betis play their home games?

Real Betis play at the Estadio Benito Villamarín, a ground that is, without doubt, one of Spain’s most intimidating yet mesmerising. With a capacity of just over 60,000, the fans make four huge, green walls of noise every game and today, I suspect, will be no different.

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Carlo Ancelotti pre-match press conference:

It’s a difficult game, Betis do well at home. They are solid and well organised. The objective is to get the best out of our players and win. We are confident.

Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid manager

[Saudi Arabi] haven’t called me, I live in the present, which is very nice. I have other goals and ideas. I have never thought about money... I grew up in a family where money was not important. I have money, but it’s not the most important thing. I feel good here and I hope I continue to feel good here.

Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid manager

Kepa is back, he’s fine, we have two goalkeepers we trust and tomorrow I’ll choose one of the two. There is competition, Lunin has done very well, but it’s a decision I’ll make tomorrow.

Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid manager

I’ve seen [Isco], he’s playing very well. I’m very happy for him as he brings something to Football. He’s had some difficult moments, but he’s come through. We have to control him well.

Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid manager

[Bellingham] has done individual work and has to recover from the ankle issue. The shoulder is a problem that he has to take care of, doing specific work. He hasn’t had any problems playing, he’ll get better with every passing day.

Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid manager

[Güler] is at the end of his recovery and next week he’ll start the most intense part. He’s very close to full fitness. I talk to him every day, as I do with every injured player. And I need a lot of time, because there are a lot of injuries.

Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid manager

We have Tchouaméni and Güler close to returning to training with us. Vini and Camavinga will have to wait until 2024, but I think they will be ready to train with us after the holidays.

Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid manager

Real Madrid to play in their navy away strip

Adidas say that the wiggles across the shirt are "repeating infinity symbols speak to the Real Madrid fans and their unwavering dedication to the club".

"It's also a reminder that match days are as much about the journey as they are the beautiful Game", they add.

Who am I to argue with that?

If you feel "spoken to" by the wiggles, let me know @English_AS on Twitter.

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Betis - Real Madrid: times, how to watch on TV, stream online | LaLiga

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Betis - Real Madrid: times, how to watch on TV, stream online | LaLiga

Want to watch the game slyly while you do your festive shopping? Well, you’re in luck. You can get the game for free with a free trial of Fubo TV.

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Real Betis starting XI:

RuiSilva is in goal, behind a defence of Aitor, Pezzella, ChadiRiad and Abner.

In midfield MarcRoca and Altimira start with Isco ahead of them.

EzAbde and AyozePérez are on the wings with Willian José up front.

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César Soto Grado

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Who is the referee?

César Soto Grado is the man with the whistle today in Seville. The 43-year-old official is certainly not on their Christmas card list, as a few seasons ago he reportedly told the players in white “you have had 90 minutes to score, so don’t come at me now complaining about added time”.

Ancelotti even took to the pitch post-game against Osasuna to ask for explanations, so there’s certainly some history between the two. 

The official is a seasonedproinLaLiga, and has been in the top division since 2019.

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Real Madrid team news:

So, Lunin retains his place in the starting XI as Kepa only makes the bench.

The back four is made up of Mendy on the left, Alaba and Rüdiger in the middle and Lucas substituting Carvajal on the right.

In the middle we have the captain, Luka Modric, Fede Valverde and Kroos.

Ahead of them sits Bellingham, in the '10' role, with Rodrygo and Brahim up top.

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It's nice to know Carlo is reading the feed...

58 seconds after giving you the predicted line up, Ancelotti has his official team confirmation published.

You, along with Ancelotti, can all say hello to me on Twitter @English_AS and we can chat football.

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Possible Real Madrid lineup against Real Betis in LaLiga

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Possible Real Madrid lineup against Real Betis in LaLiga

Before we get Carlo Ancelotti's incredibly early teamnews, here is how we believe Los Blancos will indeed line up for the game against Real Betis.

Despite the injurywoes that the club have suffered this season, it's still an incredibly strong starting XI at Carlo's disposal for what will undoubtedly be a tricky fixture in southern Spain.

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How things look for Betis:

As for Real Betis, they’re hovering just outside the European places in 7th, just one point behind Real Sociedad. A win today would temporarily put them above the Basques, but they play later in just a couple of hours.

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How the table looks for Real Madrid:

Los Blancos are top of the Christmas tree as things stand but their lead is wobblier than a Christmas jelly.

They’re level on points with Girona, who have an identical record to the side from the capital. 

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Team news: Real Betis

What does Manuel Pellegrini want for Christmas? A fully fit squad, I imagine.

Youssouf Sabaly, Marc Bartra, William Carvalho, Claudio Bravo, Nabil Fekir and GuidoRodríguez are all out with various physical issues.

Héctor Bellerín is suspended for the game.

The good news is that Rodri, who was expected to miss out, was included in the squad.

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Team news: Real Madrid

You may have seen some of the photos and footage flying around the socials over the past few days as players such as Éder Militão, Arda Güler and Vini Jr have (sort of) returned to training. They’re not quite back with the squad just yet, although Carlo hinted that as for Éder and Arda, they could be back sharpish.

Another player who may indeed make his return is Kepa. All eyes will be on the former Chelsea stopper after Luninimpressed more than most expected, I think it is fair to say.

Dani Carvajal is the main man out for LosBlancos and will be substituted by Lucas Vázquez

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Welcome!

Hello, hello and a warm welcome to match day 16 in LaLiga EA Sports.

Today we’ve got the fantastically enticing fixture of Real Betis against Real Madrid at the Estadio Benito Villamarín!

It’s Joe here with the pleasure of guiding you through the action as it unfolds in one of Spain’s most beautiful cities.

If you’re out Christmas shopping and need matchupdates, then this is the place to be. 

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