With another international break behind us, we’re all set for La Liga’s return. Betis have the difficult task this week of entertaining Diego Simeone’s tenacious Atlético Madrid side. Los Colchoneros haven’t been pulling up any trees this season, but they find themselves third in the table just a point behind Real Madrid and four off Barcelona.

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Adán: key player

Over the last week there has been a very good piece of news for Betis: Antonio Adán has renewed his contract until 2019! At times this season he has single handedly kept Betis in a game, saved one from slipping away or helped us to grasp on to a win. He’s been an extremely important player so it’s great news that we’ve secured his services for a few more years.

As for the team on Sunday, we’ve heard two good pieces of news in the last day or so: Ceballos and N’Diaye are to be available. Ceballos picked up a knock whilst on international duty for the Spanish u21s, whereas N’Diaye suffered a muscular injury in the match against Athletic Bilbao a few weeks back.

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Ceballos (photo credit: El Rondo)

We’re still waiting for Ceballos to light up La Liga. He’s got a little of Jekyll and Hyde about him this season: shining for the under 21 side but underperforming for his club. I do think it’s only a matter of time but he does need a confidence boost soon, whether it’s just an assist or a 30 yard thunderbolt strike into the top corner Sunday night.

The rest of the team should be fairly straightforward, only Rennella and Tarek are out injured. There have also been a few rumours that Jorge Molina and Piccini could be out of the door in the January transfer window. Both have denied the rumours and stated their wish to stay at the club. I’m not sure about Piccini, I find him very erratic, but I think Molina’s days are limited so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him leave although I do think they should retain his services until the end of the season.

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Looks like the rojiblancos will be without Jackson Martínez and Juanfran Torres, therefore Simeone may probably opt for Stefan Savic alongside Uruguayan Diego Godín at the centre of defence and a familiar face to Premier League fans up top – Fernando Torres.

Also playing up front will be that little French wizard Antoine Griezmann. The 24 year old has been in fine form this season, so the Betis defence will have to be on top form themselves to nullify his extreme threat.

In light of the 13th November Paris attacks, I would like offer my deepest condolences to everyone affected by those atrocious actions. Security will be extremely high at many of the major stadiums around Europe this weekend and probably into the future. There’s a bit of an anxious feeling around the whole continent at the minute but everyone is remaining defiant and rightly so.

At this point I would usually say ‘Viva el Betis’ but I’m going to go with:

VIVA LA VIDA!