Real Betis preparing for 60% capacity vs Celtic
Real Betis are hoping to be allowed a 60% capacity stadium for the visit of Celtic in the Europa League on Thursday night.
The Hoops take the trip to Seville for what’s looking like an extremely tough opening match of their Euro group.
Celtic have been operating with full capacity crowds in recent weeks, however, the situation in Spain is a touch different. Before the international break, clubs were only allowed to have 40% of their total capacity into the ground.
That changed after Spanish Health Minister Carolina Darias confirmed at the start of the month that La Liga stadia could bolster their attendance by 20% [Estadio Deportivo]. This would mean that Real Betis’ Benito Villamarin Stadium could host as many as 35,617.
However, the different regions of Spain would be allowed to amend those rules if they deemed necessary.
That doesn’t appear to be an issue for Betis however. They’re still awaiting confirmation from Andalusian government officials. But the club have stated on their website today that they’re planning to operate at 60% capacity for the Celtic game.
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Real Betis given Celtic fan boost
With potentially over 35k attending this Thursday’s match, it’s going to be yet another hostile atmosphere for the Celtic players to deal with.
Ange Postecoglou’s side had to deal with similar at Ibrox of course. Rangers were allowed to pack out their stadium and gave Celtic no tickets for the clash. Despite losing 1-0, the performance was generally positive.
We also can’t forget the fine display in Alkmaar in which Celtic produced a gutsy performance to progress to the Europa League group stages. Again, no Celtic fans were in attendance in the Netherlands, yet we dug in and produced another solid display.
So just because we’ll be up against it in terms of the atmosphere, it’s hardly a disaster. In truth, Postecoglou will be getting used to this. Celtic will be seeing this match as a chance to lay down a superb marker.
This is arguably our toughest challenge of the campaign yet of course. Manuel Pellegrini has overseen an incredible turnaround in Betis’ fortunes. Taking them from 15th to 6th in La Liga and bringing in several new players in the summer, they’re building steadily and will have their sights set on a win on Thursday night.
Let’s see just how ready Celtic are to ruin their night.