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Sevilla vs Real Betis betting tips: La Liga preview, predictions and odds

Sevilla vs Real Betis odds and betting statistics

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Sevilla vs Real Betis match preview

Three inevitabilities in life: death, taxes and Sevilla in the UEFA Europa League.

On Thursday, Los Nervionenses took on Juventus in their semi-final second leg, having drawn 1-1 in Turin a week earlier.

It was Juve who actually struck first on the night, only for Suso’s rocket, followed by Érik Lamela’s extra time header, to turn the tie around.

2-1 it finished, meaning it’s Sevilla who will face Roma at the Puskás Aréna in the final in just ten days time, seeking a record-extending seventh Europa League title.

This continues José Luis Mendilibar’s remarkable record since taking over as Head Coach on 21 March, winning eight of 12 matches, losing only once.

In La Liga, los Hispalenses have won six out of eight under Mendilibar, so have climbed from just above the relegation zone into the top half.

Thus, expect some heavy rotation in their upcoming matches against Elche and Real Madrid but, here, there is no room for prioritisation.

That’s because bitter rivals Real Betis are making the short 2.4 mile trip across the city for the 139th el Gran Derbi.

Los Verdiblancos come into this fixture following back-to-back wins, beating Athletic Club 1-0 and then Rayo Vallecano 3-1, with Youssouf Sabaly, Ayoze Pérez and Borja Iglesias on target in the latter.

Having been in poor form beforehand, Manuel Pellegrini’s team are not going to gatecrash the top four, starting the weekend seven points adrift Real Sociedad.

Thus, Béticos priority now is to make sure they remain in the top six, with Girona, Athletic Club, Osasuna and Sevilla themselves hunting them down.

Betis have lost their last four visits to Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, only winning three away La Liga derbies in the last 27 years.

Los Verderones’ most-recent away derby victory was a famous 5-3 win in 2018, but this clash is likely to go the way of the admittedly fatigued home side.

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