Sevilla will host Real Betis in the latest edition of El Gran Derbi (Seville Derby) in a crunch La Liga match at Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, in Seville, Spain on Saturday night (IST).
What competition it is? La Liga
Teams: Sevilla and Real Betis
Kick Off: Saturday 14 April
Match Timing: 12:15 AM (IST)
Where the game is played? Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán (43,883)
TV Info: Ten Sports Network has the rights to stream La Liga matches in India. While the premier members can also catch the action live on SonyLiv App.
Sevilla started the 2018-19 campaign under Pablo Machin, who made a name for himself with Girona.
He looked a good fit, as his attacking approach brought good results for the Los Hispalenses. In fact, they were sitting at the top of the La Liga table going into the 2nd international break of the season.
But the inconsistency soon seeped into the results, the gung-ho approach cost the team too many valuable points. The boiling point came in the Europa League, as the five-times champions were knocked out by Slavia Prague in the pre-quarterfinals.
Joaquín Caparrós is at the helm now and the target remains the same; finish in the top-four, and guarantee the Champions League football for the next season.
The club is in a position to achieve that target. Sevilla are sitting fifth on the table, with just one point separating them and Getafe in fourth.
But a lot more is riding on this match. For this is El Gran Derbi, one of the most hotly contested football derbies in Spanish football. Add Real Betis’ ambition of European football and you get a perfect recipe for another classic Seville derby.
For Betis, rising above the Europa Legaue places is probably out of their reach. But they can still match the 6th place position which they achieved last season.
As it is, though, Betis are 9th on the league table, just three points adrift of 6th placed Valencia.
A three-game unbeaten run was snapped by Betis with a 2-1 home win over Villarreal.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Sevilla – W L W L W W
Real Betis – L W L D L W
SEV vs RB Dream11 TEAM NEWS: Injuries and Suspensions
Sevilla vs Real Betis Team News:
Injured – Maximilian Wober is out of the contention due to an injury.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – While Nolito is carrying a knock and will be assessed before the game.
Note: Sergio Escudero and Jesus Navas both return from suspension and should start at right-back and left-back respectively. While first-choice goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik is back fit now and should replace Juan Soriano between the posts.
Key Players – Pablo Sarabia, Wissam Ben Yedder
Injured – As for Real Betis, there are no fresh injury concerns.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – However, Sergio Canales sprained his ankle and may not be risked from the start.
Note: Jese and Joaquin are expected to lead the attack for the visitors. In addition, Francis Guerrero and Junior Firpo both have regained full fitness and will be battling for places with Cristian Tello and Antonio Barragan.
Key Players – Jese, Cristian Tello
SEV vs RB Dream11 Playing 11 – (Probable) –
Sevilla– Vaclik (GK), Navas, Gomez, Kjaer, Promes, Sarabia, Banega, Roque Mesa, Ben Yedder, Vazquez, Munir
Real Betis– Pau Lopez (GK), Mandi, Bartra, Sidnei, Emerson, Canales, Carvalho, Guardado, Tello, Lo Celso, Jese
SEV vs RB Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Both the teams have faced each other 42 times heading into this match, with Sevilla edging the head-to-head record with 17 victories, as opposed to Betis’ 10 wins.
But the last fixture was won by Real Betis 1-0 in September, as Joaquin’s 80th-minute winner separated the side.
But Sevilla are at home in this match and we back them to avoid a defeat at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.