Sevilla vs Real Betis match preview and predictions for Sunday’s LaLiga match. Read on for the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups ahead of this Seville derby clash.
|Date||Sunday 14th March 2021|
|Kick-Off||21:00 (local time)|
Sevilla vs Real Betis Preview
The Seville derby is always one of the most special days on the Spanish football calendar. This was the fixture that signalled the return of football after lockdown last June and hopefully it will be the final time this fixture is played behind closed doors as it is a game that is all about the noise, colour and passion of the fans.
This particularly meeting is about more than just local rivalry though. Real Betis will only be 3 points behind 4th placed Sevilla were they to claim a rare victory at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan and suddenly Manuel Pellegrini’s side will be right in the hunt for Champions League qualification. Sevilla do have a game in hand though and a derby win would really re-exert themselves as the strong favourites for 4th place.
This is a Sevilla side that had lost 4 out of 5 in all competitions heading into their trip to Dortmund in midweek in the Champions League, including a shock LaLiga loss against Elche last weekend. While they did ultimately exit the UCL, it was much more like it from Sevilla who were the better side in Germany and arguably over the course of the tie as a whole. With Lucas Ocampos back to his best, Sevilla had spells of sustained pressure but ultimately could only draw 2-2, losing 5-4 on aggregate with Erling Haaland the clear difference-maker in the tie with 4 goals.
Betis have benefited from having no European distractions unlike most of their rivals in the race for European places. They come into this one on the back of four straight league wins, which should see them cross town in a really positive frame of mind. Encouragingly for Betis fans they’ve also shown plenty of character and an ability to dig in and get results from difficult situations.
They were 2-0 down at home to Alaves on Monday night heading into the final half hour but Joaquin and super sub Borja Iglesias helped master a stunning 3-2 comeback win to maintain their winning streak. Only Barcelona have collected more points from their last 8 games in LaLiga heading into this matchday and the resurgence of Iglesias suggests Betis may finally have found the solution to their striker problem which has been a recurrent issue in recent seasons.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 3 Sevilla Wins, 1 Betis Win, 2 Draws.
- Sevilla have taken 10 points from the last 4 LaLiga derbies.
- The sides drew 1-1 at the Benito Villamarin earlier this term.
- Betis last won at the RSP by a 5-3 margin in a thrilling game in 2018.
With Bono available again, Sevilla should be able to name their strongest XI for this derby clash.
Marc Bartra remains a doubt for Betis who have no fresh selection issues.
Predicted Sevilla Starting Lineup:
Bono – Acuna, Carlos, Kounde, Navas – Rakitic, Fernando, Jordan – Ocampos, En-Nesyri, Suso (4-3-3)
Predicted Betis Starting Lineup:
Joel – Miranda, Ruiz, Mandi, Emerson – Rodriguez, Guardado – Ruibal, Canales, Fekir – Iglesias (4-2-3-1)
Sevilla vs Real Betis Predictions
LaLiga Expert Predicts: Sevilla 2-1 Betis (follow us on Tipstrr to view our betting tips)
Betis are in good form but Sevilla really did play well in Dortmund in midweek and they could be dangerous opponents here with their pride wounded by recent cup exits. While the league table no longer suggests it quite so much, the reality is that there is still a gulf in class between the two Seville clubs and with home advantage, you have to fancy Sevilla to deliver maximum points.