Preview and Prediction
La Liga is the next top European leagues resuming next week. The Andalusian derby on Thursday will mark its return to the world of football. Sevilla is currently still on the third in the standings with forty seven points. The Champions League spot seems to the most reasonable target for Jesus Navas and Co. Meanwhile, their local rival, Real Betis is still stuck in the mid table. This clash will take place in Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.
Both teams’ latest news
Sevilla had a draw in their last game before the break. They managed to hold Atletico Madrid in 2-2 draw at Wanda Metropolitano. Luuk de Jong took the lead first but then the host turned it over by Alvaro Morata’s penalty and Joao Felix’s strike. Luckily, they were given a penalty and Lucas Ocampos, who is currently under Manchester United’s radar for their summer signings, scored an equaliser.
Their contender even had a much better result in their last fixture while taking on another team from Madrid. Betis defeated Real Madrid 2-1. Sidnei stunned Zidane’s men by a goal at the first half. Although it was equalised by Karim Benzema’s penalty, Christian Tello put his team back in front again by his goal on 82nd minute. It was a shocking victory which ended Betis’ series of winless run.
The former Spain national team and Real Madrid’s boss, Julen Lopetegui, has always been in favour 4-3-3 formation with the transition to 4-1-4-1. The Argentinean winger Lucas Ocampos will be his main choice at the front to accompany Luuk De Jong and AC Milan loanee, Suso.
Joan Francesc Ferrer modified his normal 4-1-4-1 formation to 4-4-1-1 and it worked well against Madrid the last time. It is likely to be deployed again with Ronald Moron or Borja Iglesias as the targetman supported by Nabil Fekir as the second striker.
Players to watch
The Argentinean connections seems to be the key men in Sevilla’s squad this season with Ever Banega, the top assist provider with six assists, Lucas Ocampos the top scorer with ten goals plus two assists. Some other notable names to watch are the wing back Sergio Reguilon, the midfielder Joan Jordan, Fernando and the Dutch forward Luuk De Jong.
Betis, on the other hand, counts on a number of former Barcelona men as well as La Masia graduates in the squad. There are Marc Bartra, Cristian Tello and Carles Alena. In addition, they also still have some experienced figures to support them such as the Mexican international Andreas Guadrado, Antonio Barragan and the current top scorer with eight goals so far, Joaquin.
Both teams were, as a matter of fact, on their top form when the match had to be delayed two months ago. Hopefully they could return to the pitch in the same spirit for sealing points in this fixture. The home side needs it for keeping their chance alive for UCL spots whereas Nabil Fekir and Co are on mission to improve their campaign and aiming for one spot in Europa League play off if possible. A draw seems to be a fair result for them.
According to the punters, the host is still considered as favourite. They are projected to win at 1.87, whereas the draw result is at 3.85, which are the same odds for Real Betis to win.