Real Betis vs Sevilla | Prediction, Betting Tips & Odds
Real Betis recorded a fantastic achievement as they finished above local rivals Sevilla in the league table last season. Their 6th place finish was their highest in the Spanish league system for many years following a season in the Segunda Division. The club has a turbulent history but will be hoping to push on for more success this season. Sevilla will regard themselves as the biggest club in the city and will be determined to win this game having been upstaged by their city rivals last season. Sevilla have enjoyed more of the recent success and the Europa League propelled them into the eyes of football fans around the world. Sevilla will be hoping to finish in the top four this season.
This is a massive game for both teams and Real Betis will see this as the match to get their season going following a stuttering start. They endured a mix bag of result at the Estadio Benito Villamarin last season but one thing you can say about them is they were very entertaining to watch. The home fans want to be entertained but also want to win this game badly. Sevilla will come into this game on the back of a Europa League playoff match against Sigma Olomouc on Thursday night. At least the match is on home soil, so they will not have to travel far this week but it will hamper their preparations for this game. Just how fresh will the Sevilla players be following their mid-week efforts?
Real Betis suffered a shock to the system when they went down to a 3-0 home defeat at the start of the season to Levante. This was a match they were expected to win and the manner of the defeat left a lot to be desired. Last weekend Real Betis travelled to Alaves and picked up their first point of the season in a 0-0 draw. A clean sheet was important following the previous result.
In contrast to Real Betis, Sevilla could not have asked for a better start to the 2018/19 La Liga season as they won 4-1 at Rayo Vallecano. It was a positive way to start the season and Sevilla hit the ground running having already played competitive football in the Europa League. However, they were held to a 0-0 draw at home by Villarreal last weekend and perhaps their European exertions took their toll.
Real Betis vs Sevilla | Head-to-Head
Sevilla have enjoyed the better of things in recent meetings between the two teams. In the last ten games between Real Betis and Sevilla, the former has come out on top just once. Last season, this game ended in a 2-2 draw.
Odds and Predictions
Despite being the home team and finishing above Sevilla last season, Real Betis are considered to be the outsiders for this game. The bookmakers have them at 2.90 to win the match and perhaps their recent failure to defeat their local rivals at home has come into play. Sevilla are the favourites to win the match at 2.40, with the draw on offer at 3.50. Last season, the Seville derby saw plenty of goals and across the two games in La Liga we witnessed 12 goals, at an average of 6 goals per match. We will be lucky to see something similar happen this season but you can get 2.37 for over 3.5 goals in this game. Striker Andre Silva has made a good start to life at Sevilla following his move from AC Milan. The Portuguese has 3 goals in La Liga which came courtesy of a hattrick on the opening weekend of the season and Silva is 5.50 to score the first goal of the game.
Real Betis vs Sevilla | Top Betting Tip: Draw (2-2)
Real Betis are yet to score a goal in La Liga this season but that could be about to change in this game. With a packed crowd behind them at the Estadio Benito Villamarin, the home team will attack but could also be caught at the back by the quality of the Sevilla forwards. We could see an entertaining scoring draw.