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Cadiz vs Real Betis: Preview and talking points

Cadiz have made a slow but steady start under new coach Mauricio Pellegrino, with two consecutive 0-0 draws in his first two La Liga games in charge.

The Andalusians are still in the relegation zone going into this matchday, but with only two teams in the bottom half of the table winning last weekend, they will be confident of pulling themselves out of trouble quickly.

The fans at the Estadio Nuevo Mirandilla will be keen to play their part in this, but they may not have much to cheer about, with their team having scored just once in their last six league games.

Even when the goals do come, they are not enough for Cadiz this season, who are on the longest winless run in their La Liga history, with 19 games without a victory (10 draws, 9 defeats).

That will be music to the ears of Real Betis, who have won just two of their last 10 games (4 draws, 4 defeats), and also dropped points in a 1-1 draw with Getafe last weekend.

That result was their 11th draw of the season, a record they share with Mallorca and their hosts Cadiz.

The Green and Whites find themselves in eighth place in the table as a result, just two points and places adrift of the European places.

Coach Manuel Pellegrini will be confident his team can close the gap to the top six, having lost just one of their last 11 head-to-head meetings in the league, but with half of those encounters ending in draws, taking all three points is far from a certainty.

Players to watch: Cadiz will be hoping Chris Ramos can end his six-game goal drought, having scored in each of the last two meetings between the sides.

Nabil Fekir could be the man to watch for Betis, given their injury problems, and he could even make an impact late on, with five of his last six goals coming after the 75th minute.

Hot stat: Real Betis have produced the same result at half-time and full-time on 18 occasions in the league this season.

Prediction: This is a tough game to call. Both teams are in need of points, but Cadiz have a poor home record, while Real Betis are in good form.

I think it will be a close game, but I’m going to go for a 1-1 draw.

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