Betis: Casto; Nelson, Paulao (Perquis 40'),
Mario, Nacho; Rubén Pérez, Beñat (Nosa Igebor 76');
Salvador Agra, Pozuelo (Nono 56'), Juan Carlos; Rubén Castro. 4-2-3-1.
Espanyol: Cristian Alvarez; Javi López, Raúl Rodríguez, Héctor Moreno, Capdevila (Víctor Alvarez 79'); Sergio Tejera (Cristian Gómez 58'), Víctor Sánchez; Simao (Rui Fonte 58'), Verdú, Wakaso; Stuani. 4-2-3-1.
1-0. 17. Paulao. Got above defence to head Beñat free kick past Cristian Alvarez.
Yellow cards: Tejera 25', Beñat 28', Wakaso 45', 65', Rubén Pérez 46', Javi López 51', Nelson 56', Nono 72', Stuani 77', Víctor Alvarez 93' / red cards: Wakaso 65'.
Betis are up to third pending Sunday's games after a 1-0 victory over Espanyol on Saturday evening. Rubén Castro and Agra both fired shots wide before Paulao got on the end of Beñat's wide free kick to head the ball inside the far post. And the Andalusians could have increased the lead before the break, Cristian Alvarez turning Pozuelo's shot against the post and then saving from Agra, and Beñat firing a shot wide with the goal at his mercy. After the interval the Catalans came back, Wakaso hitting the post and Simao shooting against the crossbar, and Verdú had a strike disallowed for a borderline offside. And even though they were left with ten men when Wakaso picked up a rigorous second yellow card midway through the second half, Casto still had to make good saves from Rui Fonte and Victor Alvarez to prevent the visitors from getting back in the match. Another defeat for Pochettino's side however, and they remain joint bottom together with Osasuna having still only picked up one point all season .