Real Betis vs Sevilla
Date: 25th February 2017
Kick off at 15:15 UK/ 16:15 CET
Venue: Estadio Benito Villamarin.
Real Betis has been reeling right now with a five-game winless slide which includes two losses and three draws. The team slid to the 14th place in the overall standings, eight points above the bottom three relegation zone and a long 15 points below the final Europa League qualifying berth currently held by Villarreal.
Los Verdiblancos is coming off an embarrassing 1-4 defeat at the hands of bottom three team Granada on the road at the Los Cármenes Stadium last Friday, as per Yahoo Sports.
Granada netted three first half goals, courtesy of Mehdi Carcela-González, Adrian Ramos, and Andreas Pereira in the 18th, 28th, and 33rd minutes respectively, to take a 3-0 lead at the break. Ramos scored his second goal in the 64th to extend the hosts' lead to 4-0.
Two minutes later, Pereira and Betis midfielder Matias Nahuel were booked with a red card each for violent conduct, making it a 10-on-10 match from then on.
Brazilian midfielder Petros then netted a consolation goal for head coach Victor Sanchez's squad in the 75th minute for Betis to avoid a shutout loss.
Meanwhile, Sevilla won for the second straight time after blanking middling team Eibar, 2-0, at their home ground of Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium last Saturday, Daily Mail Online reported.
Pablo Sarabia broke the game's deadlock in the 30th minute while Vitolo netted the team's second goal in injury time as head coach Jorge Sampaoli's side gained their 15th win of the season.
The Sevillistas remained at third place in the standings, two points behind the second-running team and defending champions FC Barcelona and three points below league leaders Real Madrid.
Prediction and Predicted Lineup
The predicted result is a 3-0 romp by Sevilla.
Real Betis starting lineup (5-3-2 formation): Adan; Piccinini, Mandi, Donk, Tosca, Durmisi; Pardo, dos Santos, Martin; Castro, Alegria
Sevilla starting lineup (5-3-2 formation): Rico; Sarabia, Mercado, Rami, Lenglet, Escudero; Nasri, N'Zonzi, Vazquez; Ben Yedder, Jovetic
Real Betis vs Sevilla: Head to head
The history is absolutely on Sevilla’s side. The visitors have won four matches on the bounce against their city rivals. More importantly, Real Betis failed to find the net in each of the last seven clashes with the Andalusian pride.
The match from September last year has been decided by Mercado’s goal early in the second half of the game.
Real Betis vs Sevilla: Predictions
Every single parameter goes in Sevilla’s favour. The odds of 1/1 offered on the away win are tempting and are certainly worth taking.
We don’t see the hosts on the scoresheet which makes the 12/5 odds offered on the visitors to win to nil a must take.
Real Betis vs Sevilla: Bet Tips
The away win is the top pick at 1/1 odds.