Sevilla vs Real Betis predictions, H2H and match preview for this Thursday’s game in La Liga. Read on for analysis and predicted line-ups as the top flight finally returns following the coronavirus outbreak with one of the biggest fixtures on the Spanish football calendar.
by Mark Sochon (@marksoc1)
Sevilla vs Real Betis Preview
93 days on from the last action in the 2019/20 La Liga season, matchday 28 is finally here and it kicks off with one of the biggest games on the Spanish football calendar. The Seville derby – Spain’s most passionate city rivalry – will be played out at an empty Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán. Unquestionably it will be strange, but for many football fans in Spain and beyond, this is still an occasion to celebrate and enjoy after the many challenges of the past few months.
Sevilla won at the Benito Villamarin earlier in the season and are aiming to complete a league double over their rivals. Victory would move them onto 50 points and strengthen their push for Champions League football. However despite riding high in 3rd place, all hasn’t been rosy at the RSP this season, with many fans frustrated by the team’s style of play under Julen Lopetegui. Their home form has also been patchy and most unlike them, Sevilla have actually claimed more points away this season than they’ve accumulated on their own patch.
Real Betis also appointed a new coach last summer in the shape of Rubi but the jury is also still very much out on him. In some respects, Betis may be seen as the one team in La Liga that essentially has nothing to left to play for this season. Currently 12th, they look too far back to have any chance of qualifying for Europe but with the quality they have in their ranks, there should be no danger of them getting sucked into a relegation battle.
Motivation could become an issue later in the campaign for Betis, particularly in the strange environment of behind closed doors football. However it certainly won’t be lacking here and they’d love nothing more than to return to action by getting one over on their bitter city rivals.
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Sevilla vs Real Betis Predictions
Score Prediction: 2-1 Sevilla
This fixture normally guarantees goals and regularly delivers fireworks on and off the pitch. There will be none of the latter here but it should still be a good game with Betis not the kind of team to just shut up shop. 78% of their matches this season in La Liga have seen both teams score but they’ve only won one of their 13 away games and they look in danger of slipping to another road defeat against what looks like it may be Sevilla’s strongest possible XI.
Sevilla vs Real Betis Betting Tips (18+)
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Sevilla vs Real Betis H2H
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 3 Sevilla Wins, 2 Betis Wins, 1 Draw.
- Sevilla have won 4 of the last 5 derbies at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
- The exception was a thrilling 5-3 Betis win in 2018.
- Sevilla won 2-1 in the reverse fixture earlier this season with Luuk de Jong scoring a fine winner – his most notable contribution to date in a difficult first season in Seville.
Predicted Line Ups
Vaclik – Reguilon, Kounde, Diego Carlos, Navas – Jordan, Fernando, Banega – Ocampos, De Jong, Suso (4-3-3)
Joel – Moreno, Bartra, Mandi, Emerson – Guido, Guardado – Fekir, Canales, Joaquin – Loren (4-2-3-1)