With La Liga making its much-anticipated return from behind closed doors this week, Seville bragging rights will be up for grabs on Thursday night when Real Betis make the trip to local rivals Sevilla.
Hoping to mark their return in midweek with three points and extend their stay in the Champions League spots, the Whites were enjoying an eye-catching run prior to the enforced break and are in the midst of a six-match unbeaten run.
On the flip side, entering the March break with what was a stunning 2-1 win against title challengers Real Madrid, Real Betis are simply seeking for some much-needed stability at the end of the season.
With that shock victory against the Spanish giants their only win in their previous eight appearances, Thursday’s guests also hold a worrying record against their cross-town rivals.
Including a 2-1 win when the two sides faced off earlier in the campaign, Sevilla have picked up back-to-back victories against Los Verdiblancos and another home victory in midweek can be found priced at 10/11 with Paddy Power.
Ocampos to lead the charge
Picking up what was a fully-deserved point away at Atletico Madrid prior to the break, Sevilla will be simply hoping to start off where they finished back in March.
Booking their spot in the quarter-final of this year’s Europa League and still sat in pole position to secure a top-four return, Head Coach Julen Lopetegui will undoubtedly be calling on Lucas Ocampos to lead their charge on Thursday.
Enjoying a standout campaign under the one-time Spain boss, the Argentina ace is the only Sevilla player to reach double digits so far this season and was enjoying quite the purple patch prior to the break.
Along with scoring away at the Wanda Metropolitano last time out, the 25-year-old has bagged La Liga strikes in his last four domestic appearances on the bounce and also has five in his last six contests.
Also finding the net in Sevilla’s 2-1 win against their cross-town rivals back in November, you might be interested to know that Ocampos can be found priced at 21/10 with William Hill to mark his return with a strike this week.
La Liga limbo for Betis
While Betis might have continued to show some rather glaring inconsistencies in the second half of the season, there is no doubt that Rubi’s men will be boosted by what was a stunning display against Los Blancos prior to the break.
Despite winning just one of their previous seven La Liga outings, Betis did shock almost everyone across Spain with a glittering 2-1 victory against Real Madrid back in March.
If Betis are to pick up Seville bragging rights on their return this week, then Thursday’s guests will be looking for talisman Nabil Fekir to be at his creative best.
Enjoying his most fruitful spell at the Estadio Benito Villamarín since making a shock switch from Lyon last summer, the French international has continued to cement his spot as Rubi’s MVP.
With three goals and a pair of assists in his last five La Liga appearances, Fekir also found the net against Barcelona prior to the break and can be found priced at 9/4 with Betfair to extend his tally in what should be a tasty derby in midweek.