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Real to consolidate top spot

Real Madrid looks to consolidate their leadership of the La Liga standings this Sunday when they travel to Seville to play Real Betis. After beating Barcelona last week Real Madrid top the league with 56 points. That is 26 ahead of Betis who have so far managed 30. Real registered a crucial 2-0 win at home against Barcelona, finally ending the run of wins for Blau Grana at the Bernabeu.

Real Madrid looked in control for the most part of the match, and now have a real claim on the league title, can they avoid a slip-up. They have been in dubious form when playing the so-called smaller sides in the league. They know Betis can put up a fight though and will be wary of the threat the home side poses. The reverse match ended goalless and how many teams manage that when visiting Madrid?

In fact, it was the second time on the spin Betis managed to shut out Real Madrid at the Bernabeu. They have no wins in seven straight matches and registered just three clean sheets in their last 10 matches. They have conceded two or more goals in three of their last four matches and will be hoping for better times here. It has not been any rosier at home; they have conceded six goals in the last two matches, though they also scored five in the process.

More clean sheets to come?

They have one clean sheet in the last five home matches and in four of the five, they have conceded two goals or more. Real Madrid’s win over Barcelona should bear the drive they need in their push for the league title. Their loss to Levante was the first in 13 away matches. They have scored three or more in three of their last five away matches.

They have the best defence in the league this season, having conceded 17 goals while Betis have conceded the third-most goals in the league. Real Betis head to this game with not just a poor run but also one of the weakest defences in the league. While Real Madrid will be buoyed by their win in El Clasico, they have not kept many clean sheets lately and we expect them to feel the heat at Betis. In the end, it looks like a Real Madrid win to us though.

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