Preview - Real Betis vs Sevilla 03 September 18

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Match Day 3
Real Betis vs Sevilla
Monday, September 3rd, 2018
03:45am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Estadio Benito Villamarin

Real Betis:   
Last five matches form: L D L L D
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.58
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.61
Top Scorer 17/18: Sergio León (11)
Last five matches form: W D W W D
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.29
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.53
Top Scorer 17/18: Wissam Ben Yedder (9)

One of the most attractive games on paper in La Liga this weekend comes at the Estadio Benito Villamarin as Real Betis host Sevilla.

Real Betis won plenty of admirers last season, with their style of play making them one of the most watchable teams in La Liga. Although their form tailed off a little, they still achieved a commendable sixth placed finish and will be keen to continue progressing this season. They have however started a little slowly. Slumping 3-0 at home to Levante, and again failing to score in a stalemate at Deportivo.

Pablo Machín has made a hugely encouraging start at the helm of Sevilla. With the club seemingly on the verge of an alarming plummet under Vincenzo Montella, Machín has taken no time at all to steady the ship, winning seven of his nine league games in charge and losing just the one. Opening with a win away at Vallecano, they were then held at home to Villarreal last weekend but still played pretty well.

There were certainly plenty of goals around between the sides last season though, with this game ending in a 2-2 draw and Betis winning the reverse fixture 5-3.

Form can go out of the window in these big derby games, but Sevilla are undoubtedly playing the football at present and may just take this.

Prediction: Real Betis 1 - 2 Sevilla


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots:  13 - 6
Shots on target: 9 - 2
Corner Kicks: 5 - 8
Possession: 59% - 41%

As is almost always the case, this derby encounter was a feisty affair. William Carvalho, Sergio Canales and Joaquin having their names taken by referee Jesus Gil Manzano for Real Betis. Gabriel Mercado, Andre Silva, Simon Kjaer and Pablo Sarabia were all booked for Sevilla who also had Roque Mesa sent off for two bookable offences.

Real Betis hadn't shown all that much in their games to date, but they certainly showed up for their big day here and ran out narrow but deserving winners in the end.

The home side did have the ball in the net in the opening 45 minutes. Sergio Canales initially looking to have beaten the offside trap before finishing into the bottom left corner, only to then have the effort chalked off upon consultation with VAR.

Sevilla had shown very little in the opening 45 minutes, but did up their game slightly in the second half, going close when a misdirected cross by Jesus Navas from the right tricked everyone only to come down on the top of the crossbar.

Then came the faintly ridiculous sending off. Goalkeeper Pau Lopez clearly seeming to barge into Roque Mesa before tumbling to the ground. The referee bought it though and off went Mesa for a second booking in the 66th minute.

The winning goal came in the 80th minute and it was the 37 year old Joaquin who grabbed it. Excellent cross from the right by Aissa Mandi to find Joaquin racing in at the far post to power his header home from close range. He received a booking for his exuberant celebrations, but we don't imagine he cares too much. 1-0 final score.

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