Verdict: Both teams to score
Best Odds: 4/5
Turning their attention back to La Liga duties on Sunday night, Sevilla will welcome Real Betis to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.
Starting with the hosts, punching their Europa League final ticket earlier in the week thanks to another eye-catching display on home soil, Sevilla have certainly made a string of improvements since opening 2023. Eventually edging their way past Italian giants Juventus, Jose Mendilibar ’s side should find the mood in their camp at a red-hot high. Breaking into the top-half of the La Liga table, Los Nervionenses have lost just one of their previous 12 straight appearances across all competitions – a run that stems all the way back to March 19th. Last seen on domestic duties breezing their way to a 3-0 romp away at Valladolid, Sevilla have also impressed with their recent performances in the final third. Opening May with an action-packed 3-2 victory at home against Espanyol, Mendilibar’s side will be desperate to extend on their purple patch this weekend.
Dealing with an Achilles tendon injury, 28-year-old Joan Jordan will not feature for the remainder of the season. Likewise, once again missing out on Europa League duties in midweek, defender Marcao is still sidelined with a muscle issue.
Both coming off the bench and finding the net against Juventus earlier in the week, the duo of Suso and Erik Lamela could be handed a full recall on Sunday night.
As for the visitors, while Real Betis might have signed off April in the midst of a minor wobble, Manuel Pellegrini’s men have come roaring back. Last seen putting in an eye-catching performance at home against Rayo Vallecano, the former West Ham boss has now seen his squad muster back-to-back La Liga victories. However, knowing that they are in need of a minor miracle in their bid to claim a famous top-four finish, Los Verderones are still trying to find some domestic stability. Mustering just a trio of wins from their last eight La Liga appearances – a run that stems back to March 19th – Sunday’s guests have also shown some extended issues on their travels. Despite being last seen away from the Estadio Benito Villamarin claiming a gritty 1-0 victory against Athletic Bilbao, that is the only away win that Betis have clinched from their previous six attempts.
Sustaining a season-ending knee injury back in February, midfield talisman Nabil Fekir will not travel to Andalusia on Sunday night. Likewise, suffering a muscle injury last month, 34-year-old Victor Ruiz will also once again miss out this weekend.
While Willian Jose might have recorded just a single strike in his last 11 appearances across all competitions, the one-time Wolves striker should spearhead Pellegrini’s attack here.
Key Factors to Consider
- When the two sides met for their reverse La Liga meeting on November 6th, Sevilla and Real Betis played out a 1-1 draw at the Estadio Benito Villamarin.
- Sunday’s hosts have lost just one of their last nine straight meetings against Betis across all competitions – a run that stems back to September 2018.
- Los Verderones have recorded just a single win from any of their last six appearances on the road.
- Sevilla have lost just a single domestic showdown at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium since way back in November.
- Each of the last three La Liga meetings between Sevilla and Real Betis have finished with both teams finding the net.
Punching their Europa League final ticket earlier in the week after edging past Italian giants Juventus, Sevilla have certainly come roaring back sine opening 2023. Skyrocketing up the La Liga table and impressing many with their recent displays in the final third, Sunday’s guests will be hoping to keep up their momentum here. Suffering just a single domestic defeat at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium since opening 2023, Sevilla could be smelling the chance to cash in on a Real Betis squad that have shown some extended issues on the road. However, with each of the last three La Liga meetings between Sunday’s opponents finishing with both teams finding the net, we are backing a similar outcome this weekend.
Verdict: Both teams to score
Best Odds: 4/5
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