Granada drew their first two league games of the season (away to 10 man Villarreal, home to Valencia) before losing by four to Rayo Vallecano, so I did not hold out much hope they would tax Real Betis last night. Betis battered them, but it took 89 minutes of effort to score the winner.
The game finished around midnight local time, so even if Betis delayed their homeward journey until today, it would have been a late and exhausting night. 69 hours after full time, they kick off against Celtic. I don’t expect to see hands on hips after 20 minutes, but any port in a storm……….
Betis have now played four competitive games this season, not a lot of game time. Our fourth competitive game was Jablonec away on 5 August, we have played eight subsequently and have five rest days since what was a straightforward win over Ross County.
Celtic have never won a competitive fixture on Spanish soil (even if you include Gibraltar!), we should be in no doubt the odds we face, but if there is a good time to go to Spain, it is in the first group game.