Tip Sevilla - Betis
Prediction published on June 8, 2020 at 12:07 PM - Modified on June 8, 2020 at 1:07 PM
La Liga returns with the Seville derby on Thursday night. High-flying Sevilla are in third place, nine points off second and one point ahead of Real Sociedad in fourth. They welcome neighbours Betis to an empty Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán with Los Verdiblancos lagging behind in twelfth, a mere eight points above the relegation zone. Seville is one of the hottest cities in Europe therefore the kick-off is scheduled for the cooler evening. Unbeaten in their last four La Liga matches, Sevilla have reached their current lofty standing largely off the back of a superb away record. Only Real Madrid are better on the road than Sevilla whereas 11 teams are better on their own patch than Julen Lopetegui's team. They have failed to win seven of their 13 matches at home so it will be interesting to see if playing without fans has a dramatic effect on that record. Only one clean sheet from their last six home games suggests that the opposition will score as does the head-to-head record between these teams.
Betis have been awful on their travels this season. Led by former Lyon playmaker Nabil Fekir, they possess an exciting squad that likes to play positive football. Scoring goals isn't a problem for Betis, but conceding them is. Only six teams have scored more goals than they have but 17 teams have better defensive records. One win from 13 away games suggests that victory is unlikely but Betis have triumphed in punch-for-punch-type encounters at Sevilla before, famously winning 5-3 there in 2018. An impressive win over Real Madrid right before the season was stopped suggested that they still have plenty to offer. We expect them to show their good and bad sides in what should be an entertaining game that's full of goals. Back over 3.5 goals.
Key points Sevilla - Betis
Real Betis have failed to win 12 of their 13 matches away from home this season.
Sevilla have failed to win seven of their 13 matches at home this season.
Three of the last five meetings between these teams featured over 3.5 goals.
Real Betis have the seventh-best goals-for record in La Liga (38 in 27 games) and the 18th-best goals-against record (43 in 27).
Sevilla have scored at least one goal in their last 19 La Liga games.
Conclusion Sevilla - Betis
This fixture is usually reliable when it comes to both entertainment and goals. As well as the local derby factor, both teams play an attractive brand of football and we expect a feast for the eyes. Three of the last five meetings between these teams have featured at least four goals and we expect this fixture to live up to that standard. Back over 3.5 goals.