Real Betis vs Sevilla predictions, H2H and match preview for this Sunday’s big derby clash in La Liga. Read on for analysis and predicted line-ups as these two old rivals renew their hostilities.
Real Betis vs Sevilla Preview
This fixture is widely recognised as the feistiest of Spain’s football rivalries and it’s one that invariably produces plenty of talking points and in recent years, plenty of goals. Over the last two seasons, there have been 18 goals in Seville derbies in La Liga with Betis starting to compete better than they had done previously with their bitter local rivals. Both clubs are under new management this term so this will be the first taste of the fixture for both Rubi and Julen Lopetegui.
For the former, this could be a make or break kind of game. Rubi bought himself some time with a key victory over Celta Vigo in Betis’ last home fixture and they backed that up with a hard fought, if somewhat fortuitous draw at the Bernabeu last weekend. Victory over Sevilla would help unite a wavering fan-base around this team and this coach but Betis will need to put in perhaps their best performance of the season if they are to get it.
Sevilla were in action on Thursday night but it was a much changed team that secured Europa League progress with a convincing win in Luxembourg. A hat-trick from Munir and a brace for Moanes Dabour showed Sevilla do have options in attack and really ups the pressure on the likes of Luuk de Jong and Chicharito who have struggled to convince up top in La Liga.
Betis haven’t really settled on how they want to play this season. It looks like they may go with a 4-2-3-1 approach with Marc Bartra occupying a holding midfield role. They have at least managed to stem the flow of goals conceded in their last two games but they still have La Liga’s joint worst defensive record despite that. Up top, Borja Iglesias looks like he will miss out with top scorer Loren Moron likely to lead the line with Nabil Fekir tucked in behind.
Sevilla meanwhile should ring the changes from Thursday night. There are still question-marks in a few positions but they do look really strong in the middle of the park with Fernando, Joan Jordan and Ever Banega giving a strong base from which to build attacks. They also look to have an advantage on Betis in the full-back positions.
Real Betis vs Sevilla Predictions
Score Prediction: 2-2 Draw
Sevilla have been much the more impressive side so far this season but there is a sense that Betis have lost their fear factor when it comes to these huge derby games. They had an awful record in Seville derbies for a number of years but that 5-3 win at the RSP in 2018 and a victory in this fixture last term will give them a bit more belief.
That being said, Betis have really not been playing well this season with plenty of issues still to be ironed out. A score draw looks a more likely outcome here than a victory either way.
Real Betis vs Sevilla H2H
- Last 6 meetings: 2 Betis Wins, 3 Sevilla Wins, 1 Draw.
- Both sides won their home fixture in the Seville derbies last season.
- Sevilla have won on 3 of their last 6 trips to the Benito Villamarin but were defeated 1-0 by Joaquin’s goal last term.
- The last 4 meetings have produced 18 goals (10 for Betis, 8 for Sevilla).
Predicted Line Ups
Real Betis Team:
Robles – Moreno, Feddal, Mandi, Emerson – Bartra, Guardado – Canales, Fekir, Joaquin – Loren (4-2-3-1)
Vaclik – Reguilon, Kounde, Carlos, Navas – Jordan, Fernando, Banega – Nolito, Chicharito, Ocampos (4-3-3)
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