FC Sevilla vs. Real Betis 6/11/20 Spanish La Liga Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Real Betis (8-9-10) at FC Sevilla (13-8-6)
Spanish La Liga Soccer: Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan)
The Line: FC Sevilla -120 / Draw +250 / Real Betis +270 -- O/U: 2.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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Sevilla and Real Betis square off in Spanish La Liga soccer action from the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Thursday afternoon.
Sevilla enter this match sitting in a favorable 3rd place, entering the league-mandated break due to the Coronavirus outbreak on 47 points with a record of 13 wins, 8 draws and 6 losses, 11 points off of the pace at the top and 9 points behind second place. Sevilla went into the break unbeaten in four matches after earning a 2-2 draw on the road against Atletico Madrid. In the match against Atletico, Luuk de Jong opened the scoring in the 19th minute but Atletico Madrid would tie the game from the penalty spot in the 32nd and take the lead just four minutes later. Lucas Ocampos tied the game with a penalty of his own in the 43rd, and that’s all the scoring that would happen the rest of the way as the two sides canceled each other out at the final whistle. Ocampos leads Sevilla in scoring with 10 goals this season while de Jong has 5 goals and Ever Banega leads Sevilla with 6 assists this season. Tomas Vaclik is the #1 goalkeeper for Sevilla, allowing just 1.02 goals per 90 minutes with 10 clean sheets in 26 league appearances this season.
Real Betis on the other hand, come into this one in 12th place, sitting on 33 points with a record of 8 wins, 9 draws and 10 losses when the league was halted due to the pandemic. The break came at possibly the worst time for Betis, who were fresh off of a 2-1 upset win over Real Madrid last time out. The match against Real Madrid saw Betis take the lead in the 40th minute thanks to a goal from Sidnei but Madrid would tie the game at one in the third minute of first half stoppage time from the penalty spot. The tie would hold through most of the second half before Cristian Tello gave Betis a massive 2-1 lead with less than ten minutes to play, a lead that Betis wouldn’t relinquish the rest of the way. Loren Muron leads Real Betis in scoring with 9 goals while Joaquin has 8 goals and Nabil Fekir has 7 goals this season. Emerson leads Real Betis in assists with 5 helpers this season while Joel Robles is conceding 1.36 goals per 90 minutes with 4 clean sheets in 26 league appearances this season.
The Seville Derby between these two teams is one of Spain’s oldest soccer rivalry, so anything can really happen. With that said, while Sevilla’s home field advantage is wiped out with no fans in the stands and these first games back tend to see teams take a more cautious approach, I think Sevilla comes out guns blazing here. Betis has picked up points in 7 of 13 away matches, but they’ve won just once and I don’t see them making it two against a rival that’s in the heat of a Champions’ League race with 11 matches to go. Sevilla’s just been playing the better soccer before the break and I think they pick up where they left off so I’ll side with Sevilla for the win here.