Sevilla vs Betis preview

April 22, 2016
By: Nemanja Lazarevic

Sevilla vs BetisEuropa League holders Sevilla will be looking to end a five-match winless run in the league when they face bitter rivals Real Betis in Derbi Sevillano.

Los Verdiblancos head into the high-profile game in good spirits having just climbed to the top half of the standings, but we all know that current form rarely plays a part in these kinds of games.

The jury is still out with regards to whether this will be a successful season for Sevilla or not, and much will depend on whether los Rojiblancos can lift the third consecutive Europa League trophy.

The disappointing run of results in La Liga saw Sevilla ruin their chances of challenging for a top 4 berth, and they now sit 11 points behind Champions League positions.

However, Sevilla somehow managed to get past Athletic Bilbao and reach the Europa League semi-finals, where they will be vying Shakhtar Donetsk for a place in the final.

Before they start the preparations for the trip to Ukraine, los Rojiblancos will have to try and return to winning ways in Derbi Sevillano, where they are 1.55 (5/9) favourites to claim maximum points.

Adil Rami is unlikely to be risked after picking up a muscle injury in the 2-1 loss to Sporting Gijon, but there have been some good news for Unai Emery as well.

Namely, Kevin Gameiro, Michael Krohn-Dehli and Jose Antonio Reyes have all resumed training and they should be fit to play.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Rico – Coke, Carrico, Kolodziejczak, Escudero – N’Zonzi, Krychowiak – Krohn-Dehli, Banega, Konoplyanka – Gameiro.

Real Betis spent a big part of the current campaign very close to the bottom three, but they eventually managed to pick up enough points to secure La Liga survival.

Long-serving coach Pepe Mel was sacked in January, and that proved to be a good decision considering that his successor Fran Merino brought an instant improvement.

The latest run of two wins and a draw in last three matches saw Real Betis create a nine-point advantage over the relegation zone, meaning they head into the Sevilla clash without any pressure.

They will have an extra motive to try and defeat their local rivals having failed to score a single goal in last five meetings (D1 L4).

Coach Fran Merino should have Juan Manuel Vargas back to the side after the full-back resumed training On Thursday, and he is expected to start.

Alfred N’Diaye and Dani Ceballos joined their teammates in Friday’s training session, but Martin Montoya looks set to miss out.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Adan – Molinero, Pezzella, Bruno Gonzalez, Vargas – Petros, N’Diaye – Joaquin, Kadir, Ceballos – Castro.

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