Sevilla will be looking to close the gap on La Liga’s top two when they travel to face Real Betis on Saturday (3:15pm kick-off).
Julen Lopetegui’s side are currently fourth in the table, eight points behind leaders Atletico Madrid but only seven off second-placed Real Madrid, over whom they have two games in hand.
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Scoreline prediction: Real Betis 0-1 Sevilla
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Real Betis vs Sevilla build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Although Real Betis appear to be relatively comfortable in 10th after 16 games, it hasn’t been the best season for the club, who are just four points clear of the relegation zone. They go into the game with three defeats in their past six La Liga matches, including a 4-3 reserve against Levante just days ago.
The defeats have been building up over the season too, with Real Betis (nine) losing more games than any other La Liga side this season. Even 19th-placed Osasuna have lost just eight games, one fewer than Betis.
Sevilla, meanwhile, go into Saturday’s game off the back of a 2-0 win over Villarreal which saw them leapfrog the Yellow Submarine into fourth. Julen Lopetegui’s side are three points behind third-placed Real Sociedad but have three games in hand over them, and cannot be completely ruled out of the title race.
They are also in good form away from home in La Liga, winning their past three games on the road.
- Real Betis (vs Levante): Robles; Emerson, Mandi, Ruiz, Miranda; Guardado, Rodriguez; Ruibal, Fekir, Tello; Juanmi.
- Sevilla (vs Villarreal): Bono; Navas, Kounde, Diego Carlos, Acuna; Rakitic, Fernando*, Jordan; Suso, En-Nesyri, Ocampos.
Real Betis do not have any fresh absentees but remain without the likes of Victor Camarasa, William Carvalho, Cristian Tello, Dani Martin, Claudio Bravo, Alex Moreno and Marc Barta.
Fernando is suspended for Sevilla, after receiving his fifth yellow card of the season last time out. Sergio Escurdero and Tomas Vaclik are injured.
Players to watch:
- Real Betis: Although he was unable to prevent defeat against Levante Sergio Canales‘ return to action brought a positive in midweek. The Spaniard returned to the bench having suffered an injury at the start of November, missing six games (of which Betis lost three), and was given 31 minutes against Levante. At the time of Canales’ arrival, Betis were 4-1 down, but less than 20 minutes later he scored from the penalty spot to reduce the deficit to just two. Eight minutes later, Canales had his second and put Betis in with a real chance of earning a point. It did not come, but Canales quickly reminded everyone what he is capable of doing, now being directly involved in seven La Liga goals this season – more than any other Betis player.
- Sevilla: Julen Lopetegui’s side haven’t been the biggest scorers in La Liga this season, but they do boast one of its best defences, and they can thank Bono for that. The Moroccan goalkeeper, a summer arrival from Girona, has played in 11 of Sevilla’s 14 La Liga games so far, conceding just seven goals. He has kept five clean sheets but, most importantly, Bono has saved 80.56% of the shots he has faced. Among the rest of La Liga, only one goalkeeper has a better save percentage: Jan Oblak (88.1%). Not a bad company for Bono to keep.
La Liga 2020/21 recent form:
- Real Betis: LWLDW
- Sevilla: WWDWL
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