Prediction and odds for the game: Sevilla (10/11) v Real Betis (11/4)
We are backing the home win
When: Thursday, 11th June 2020, Kick-off 21:00
Where: The Sanchez Pizjuan
On Thursday night, La Liga returns from its enforced break with a cracker of an Andalusian derby, as Sevilla host city-rivals Real Betis at the Sanchez Pizjuan.
The home side are currently looking good for Champions League qualification for next season. Julen Lopetegui’s team are third-place in the table but are just a point clear of Real Sociedad and Getafe in fourth and fifth place respectively. A win in the Seville derby would be a fine way to restart the season.
Sevilla were four games unbeaten in the Spanish top-flight before the break. Their last league game was a vital and highly creditable 2-2 draw at top-four rivals Atletico Madrid. The game saw Lopetegui’s tea, score at least twice for the fourth consecutive league match. The result also means that Los Nervionenses’ last five La Liga outings have produced over 2.5 goals.
The Sanchez Pizjuan is a difficult stadium for any opposition team to visit. This is proven by the fact that Sevilla have lost just once in their previous 11 home games in the Spanish top-flight. However, Sevilla have not been that consistent of late in the league on home soil, recording just one win in their last six home matches.
The visitors are enduring an underwhelming campaign in the Spanish top-flight. Rubi’s team are in no man’s land when it comes to what they can achieve for the rest of the campaign. Los Verdiblancos are eight points above the relegation zone and 12 points. Unless they have a dramatic rise or fall in form, they look set for a midtable finish in the Spanish top-flight.
Betis were in poor form before the break and have won just one of their last seven matches in La Liga. However, that victory was a significant one, as last time out they saw off Real Madrid to end a six-game winless league run.
The visitors have a poor recent away record in La Liga, as they have won just once in their last 13 matches on their travels while failing to win in six league matches on the road in the Spanish top-flight. Their recent away matches in La Liga have been low-scoring, with under 2.5 goals scored in four of their last five matches on their travels.
Sevilla have looked the stronger team throughout the campaign and before the break were in better form. Therefore, we are backing the home win. The Sevilla derbies tend to produce goals galore, so we are also backing over 2.5 goals scored.
Verdict: We are backing the home win at odds of 10/11 and/or over 2.5 goals scored at evens (All odds are taken from Bet365).
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