FC Sevilla vs Betis Sevilla / La Liga – The Seville derby that takes place in the 32nd round of Spanish La Liga should bring great football as both teams race for European positions. Sevilla occupies the fifth place but wants to climb up for at least one position as the fourth one leads to the Champions League. Betis is ninth and has six points fewer than the city rival, although the sixth place, the last that qualifies for the Europa League, is just three points away. Both teams won in the previous round, and Betis won their head-to-head played in the first part of season by 1-0.
FC Sevilla vs Betis Sevilla begins 13.04.2019 at 20:45 CET
After early surprising elimination from the Europa league, in the round of 16, Sevilla got more time to prepare for league matches and it can be said they play well. In four previous rounds, after losing to Slavia in Prague, they won three and lost one match. It was an expensive defeat given they lost to direct competitor in the race for European positions, Valencia. The guests won by 1-0 and it was the first defeat for new manager Caparros, after he debuted with triumph over Espanyol.
The defeat didn’t shaken them and they won Alaves in the following round, again at home, which was also match for European positions. Sevilla won by 2-0 and it did the same in the previous round when it faced Valladolid away. They broke resistance of the home team only in the finish of match and interestingly scorer of both goals was Mesa, who usually rarely scores goals. Goalkeeper Vaclik, than J. Navas and Escudero are back in the team for this match.
Probable lineups FC Sevilla: Vaclik – J. Navas, Mercado, Carrico, Escudero – Gonalons, Banega, Sarabia, Promes – Munir, Ben Yedder
Betis struggles lately and it slid down for several positions, below those that lead to Europe, and its objective is to play at least in the Europa League next season. They did play this season in it but they were somewhat unexpectedly eliminated by French Rennes. Betis cannot make several good results in a row and after victory always come a weak result. They lost two times after winning Valladolid, while after triumph over Celta in Vigo came three-game winless streak when they won just one point.
In the previous round Betis finally won again. They won Villarreal at home by 2-1 but they were quite lucky since the guests missed the penalty in last minutes of match. Hero of the victory was Lo Celso who scored both goals. Defenders Barragan and Sidnei skipped the match, while forward Loren was replaced. Now, Barragan should return at the right flank, and it is possible that experienced Joaqin gets chance to play the Seville derby from the first minute especially as Canales is questionable due to injury.
Probable lineups Betis Seville: Pau Lopez – Mandi, Bartra, Feddal – Barragan, Guardado, W. Carvalho, Lo Celso, Tello – Joaquin – Jese
FC Sevilla vs Betis Sevilla PICK
Both teams need points but even if they don’t the Seville derby is always a dramatic event. Right now Sevilla is in better shape and will play at home so to speak, so we expect to dominate the pitch. Betis seems incapable to play two good matches in a row and given it triumphed in the previous round it could easily lose now.
Pick: Sevilla wins
Odds: 1.72 at betsson (down to 1.62 can be played)
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