Winning the derby, the best medicine – CVBJ
06/11/2021 at 9:00 p.m. CET
The Seville derby transcends winning a football match and Sunday at Benito Villamarín will be no less between Betis and Sevilla, teams that arrive well placed in La Liga but have suffered a great disappointment this week in their European matches, in which both lost and they left bad feelings with their game.
The verdiblanco team had a nice walk in the two competitions in which they are now immersed, but last Sunday, on the twelfth day of the national tournament, they gave a bad impression on the field of Atlético de Madrid and lost by a resounding 3-0, although this Thursday it might have been worse and fell in Germany in the Europa League against Bayer Leverkusen 4-0, under dry braking in four days with a disastrous record of seven goals against and none in favor.
Those of Manuel Pellegrini, who arrived from Germany in Seville in the early hours of Friday afternoon, only worked for the derby on Saturday, even if the Chilean coach can count on almost the entire workforce, sincethe losses are only those of two wounded, Senegalese right-back Youssouf Sabaly and midfielder Víctor Camarasa.
Pellegrini, who booked Nabil Fekir against Atlético de Madrid due to the possibility that he would see his fifth yellow and not be able to play the derby, used it on Thursday against Leverkusen and was sent off in the dying moments, this who this will not prevent him from being a permanent holder against Sevilla.
For this match where those of the district of Héliópolis could, in case of victory, tied on points with his eternal rival, Pellegrini, who rotates many times between one match and another, has the opportunity to use his most recognizable eleven, so his compatriot Claudio Bravo would return on goal after resting in Germany and he would leave the Portuguese Rui Silva as a replacement.
Argentina central Germán Pezzella, midfielder Sergio Canales, winger Rodri Sánchez or Brazilian striker Willian José, who were not starting on Thursday, could also return, while the midfielder couple are said to be the same who started the match in Leverkusen, the one formed by the Argentinian Guido Rodríguez and the Brazilian William Carvalho.
Before them, Sevilla, third in the standings, one point behind leaders Real Sociedad, will travel from the Nervión district. after clearly overtaking Osasuna last Saturday (2-0), although three days later, also at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán stadium, he suffered one of the big disappointments of the season.
Tuesday’s 1-2 defeat against Lille The Frenchman complicates the qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League, which he will achieve mathematically if he wins the two remaining matches of this group stage.
Julen Lopetegui’s side, with two more days off than their Sevillian rivals, are now forgetting the “Champions” to seek points in La Liga, a competition in which as a visitor he showed a much less brilliant game than at home.
The coach of Gipuzkoan, in the European match, in addition to the defeat, met the injury of the team captain, Jesús Navas, one of those fixed in his approaches but now due to be out for around eight weeks due to an injury to the rectus femoris anterior to the right quadriceps.
His place in Villamarín will be occupied by Argentina international Gonzalo Montiel, while compatriot Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gómez, absent in recent weeks due to injury, has already worked with the squad in recent days and could have minutes against Betis.
Another who is low is the Moroccan striker Youssef En-Nesyri, who has played something in the last two games -Osasuna and Lille- after overcoming a muscle disease but relapsed from the injury and this Saturday he was unable to train, as Lopetegui himself announced , so the tip of the attack will return to occupy Rafa Mir.
– Likely queues:
Seville: Bind; Montiel, Koundé, Diego Carlos, Acuña; Fernando, Joan Jordan; Suso, Rakitic, Ocampos; and Rafa Mir.
Betis: Claudio Bravo; Bellerín, Pezzella, Víctor Ruiz, Miranda; Guido Rodriguez, William Carvalho; Rodri, Fekir, Canales; and Willian José.
Arbitrator: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz (Valencian Committee).
Stadium: Benito Villamarin.
Time: 9:00 p.m. (CET) (8:00 p.m. GMT).