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Real Betis vs Sevilla Prediction & Match Preview

Real Betis vs Sevilla
Spain – La Liga
Date: Saturday, 2 January 2021
Kick-off at 15:15 UK/ 15:15 CET
Venue: Estadio Benito Villamarin (Sevilla).

This one is arguably the biggest derby in Spain. Known as The Great Derby, it is perhaps the most ferocious and fierce in Spain as well as being one of the most aggressive in Europe.

The lack of fans is desperately unfortunate. Betis come into this with boss Manuel Pellegrini under perpetual pressure. Every positive result is backed up with a negative as inconsistency remains rife at a club who have perennially been inconsistent.

A 4-3 defeat to Levante after Christmas followed up a 1-0 win over Cadiz just before Christmas; a microcosm of Betis. Sevilla come into this after an impressive 2-0 win over Villarreal which made it back-to-back wins and three wins in four since their defeat to Real Madrid in December.

Sevilla’s remarkable consistency is what is obviously at odds to Betis. Julen Lopetegui’s men have won or lost by the scoreline 1-0 in eight of their 14 Liga matches.

Sevilla should fancy themselves to control the game and sneak past Betis for the second time in the Andalusian derby post-lockdown.

Real Betis vs Sevilla Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Real Betis Sevilla played so far 42 matches.
Real Betis won 7 direct matches. Sevilla won 21 matches. 14 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.48 goals per Match.

Real Betis vs Sevilla Prediction

Real Betis in actual season average scored 1.35 goals per match. In 8 (80.00%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 4 (40.00%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Sevilla average scored 1.40 goals per match in season 2021. In 6 (54.55%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 5 (45.45%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Betis are currently one of the worst-hit teams in the league in terms of injuries, with Claudio Bravo, Alex Moreno, Marc Bartra, William Carvalho and Victor Camarasa all on the sidelines.

Cristian Tello joined the injury list on Tuesday, meanwhile, as he picked up a groin problem in the defeat to Levante, which is likely to rule him out of this contest.

Pellegrini is expected to make changes for this weekend's contest, with fit-again Sergio Canales in line to start, while Antonio Sanabria could return through the middle.

As for Sevilla, Tomas Vaclik and Sergio Escudero remain doubts for the Seville derby through injury, while experienced midfielder Fernando will miss out through suspension due to the yellow card that he picked up against Villarreal.

Lopetegui could decide to select largely same XI that started against the Yellow Submarine, meaning that En-Nesyri is likely to keep his spot at the tip of the attack over experienced striker Luuk de Jong.

Munir El Haddadi, Oliver Torres and Oscar Rodriguez are among those pushing for spots in the side, but Nemanja Gudelj could replace the suspended Fernando in the middle of the park.

Real Betis possible starting lineup:
Joel; Emerson, Mandi, Ruiz, Miranda; Rodriguez, Guardado; Fekir, Canales, Ruibal; Sanabria

Sevilla possible starting lineup:
Bounou; Navas, Kounde, Carlos, Acuna; Rakitic, Gudelj, Jordan; Ocampos, En-Nesyri, Suso