The Seville classic is the big attraction this Saturday, January 6, in the eighteenth round of the Spanish Championship in its 2017/2018 season. Sevilla and Betis will duel at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán. The kickoff is scheduled for 17:45.
Sevilla’s recent performance
The Seville premiered new coaching on Wednesday, January 3. In the first match in the last 16 of the King’s Cup, Italian Vincenzo Montella, who took the place of the dismissed Eduardo Berrizzo, led the team in the away win against Cadiz.
The result left the team very close to the spot in the quarterfinals. He may even lose the game back, scheduled for January 11, for a goal difference that will still survive in the tournament.
The new coach promoted changes in team style. He chose as a strategy the 4-2-3-1 preferring to fill the midfield of players and to leave Muriel (13 games in the Spanish Championship 2017/2018, three goals) isolated in the front. However, he gave more freedom for Navas (14 games, one goal) and Nolito (12 games, two goals) when the team had possession of the ball. Both scored in the match.
The Brazilian Paulo Henrique Ganso, who was being used by the previous coach, was not even related to the reserve bench. It remains to know what will be the behavior of Montella in relation to left-back Guilherme Arana, who was hired with Corinthians before his arrival and already has playing conditions.
In the Spanish Championship, Sevilla have 29 points (nine wins, two draws and six losses). It is in the fifth position, in the classification zone for Europa League. It has two points and one game less than Real Madrid, fourth placed, which closes the block of teams that would have vacancy in the next edition of the Champions League.
The current form of Betis
Eliminated early in the Copa del Rey, Betis will make their first match in 2018 on Saturday. The team has not played an official match since December 22 when, at home, it took 2 to 0 of Atlhetic Bilbao. It was the fourth loss in five games.
Thus, the shutdown for the Christmas and New Year holidays may have made Quique Setien’s technical commission very happy to try to contain the downturn after a good start to the season’s green light.
The recent failures knocked the team to the fourteenth place on the leaderboard. He has 21 points (six wins, three draws and eight losses). They are six more than La Coruña, eighteenth placed and first in the relegation zone. Same difference exists in comparison with Villarreal, last in the block of classified for European tournaments.
Expelled in the match against Athletic Bilbao, defender Jordi Amat (ten games in the Spanish 2017/2018 Championship, no goal) will have to comply with automatic suspension. The number of casualties for the classic may increase. They are in the medical department midfielder Andres Guardado (15 games, one goal); and attackers Joel Campbell (three games, one goal) and Antonio Sanabria (12 games, seven goals).
History of matches Sevilla and Bétis
Sevilla do not miss a local classic there are eight clashes. It was not some series. The team won seven matches, including the five most recent, and drew once.
Betis began by adopting a bold strategy that produced fruits in goals and points at the beginning of the season. However, with the fall in offensive yield and consequently in the standings table, the alvverde changed the course trying to improve his defensive system.
Montella indicated early in the first game that this should also be his concern, although the Seville at no time was an offensive team. Adding the great rivalry to the conservative strategies of the coaches, the tie becomes the best option for guess. It has a price of 4.20 in Rivalo. Victory of Seville yields 1.55 and Betis yields 5.70 for 1.