• Sevilla were beaten just twice in 13 home games this season.
  • Sevilla won each of their last two meetings with rivals Real Betis.
  • Real Betis won just one of their 13 away games this term.
  • Sevilla lost just two of their last 11 fixtures in all competitions.

La Liga returns with derby clash

The 2019/20 La Liga campaign resumes after its three-month long postponement this week, and the division’s first fixture pits local rivals Sevilla against Real Betis in a potentially explosive El Gran Derbi comeback contest on Thursday.

In the lead up to the enforced hiatus earlier this year, 3rd placed Sevilla were leading the race to finish as the best in the rest in La Liga behind traditional big hitters Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Los Nervionenses were beaten just twice in 11 matches in all competitions before play was postponed – a run that has kept them on track for a top four finish in La Liga and for a deep run into the latter stages of the Europa League.

Sevilla’s excellent results at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán have provided the main foundation for their success, and Julen Lopetegui’s outfit were beaten just twice in 18 fixtures on their own patch in all competitions since the season started back in August.

Betis’ struggles on the road

That formidable home record will make for some harrowing reading for Sevilla’s bitter local rivals Real Betis. Los Verdiblancos have been among La Liga’s worst travellers this season, winning just one of the 13 league matches they’ve contested since August as the visiting team.

Betis’ overall form has in fact, been substandard since December last year, and their return of just two victories in 11 games is a poor return for a team with so many talented individuals.

Head Coach Rubi will hope for an upswing in fortunes when the season kicks back into gear this week, but having lost each of the last two El Gran Derbi fixtures, we’re tipping 12th placed Betis to come unstuck again.

Home win likely

Sevilla earned a 2-1 victory when the traditional foes met in last year’s reverse meeting between the clubs in November, and came out on the right side of a five-goal thriller when the sides last clashed at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.

With the psychological edge that winning successive derby provides adding to the momentum established by their impressive home form – Sevilla look excellent value to win Thursday’s tussle against their local antagonists, while our correct score prediction points towards a 2-1 home win.

Sevilla remain one of the toughest nuts to crack at home in Spain, though their record of keeping just one clean sheet in six matches there suggests a consolation goal is on offer for Betis.

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