He Real Betis and the Sevilla FC This Saturday, January 2, they receive the New Year with the dispute of an exciting derby at Benito Villamarín, marked by last-minute casualties due to Covid in the Verdiblanco team, which was about to cause the suspension of the match, which finally it will be played, although with sensitive losses in the Betic team, since Pellegrini will not be able to count on Joaquín, Guardado, Martín Montoya and Álex Moreno for having tested positive -the first three this Thursday-, while Bartra, William Carvalho, Tello, Dani Martín and Camarasa are out due to injury. In front of the nine casualties of the Betics, Julen Lopetegui only has in Seville those of the sanctioned Fernando and Escudero, who had an elbow operation in November, as Jesús Navas has overcome the discomfort he was dragging and this Friday he trained with absolute normality with his teammates .
Pellegrini does seem to be able to count on the Chilean goal Claudio Bravo, despite the fact that last Monday he said that he still had ten days to return, so if he does it will be fair enough, while Sergio Canales It will also be part of the game after reappearing against Levante last Tuesday. Of the nine casualties that the Betic coach has, five or six are from regular starters, so they must be made up to present an eleven of certain guarantees against Sevilla FC.
In the ranks of Nervion, Julen Lopetegui will be able to line up his eleven of gala, with the only exception of midfielder Fernando, who saw the fifth yellow in the clash last Tuesday against Villarreal. Fernando and Jesús Navas were under Manuel Pellegrini at Manchetser City the last time the Chilean coach faced Sevilla FC, who won both games in the group stage of the 2015/16 Champions League.
The data of the derbies between Betis and Sevilla
He Real Betis comes to the derby after having won only two of the last eight league games, in which they added five defeats and a draw, while Sevilla FC have won six of their last eight games, in which they only gave up one defeat – to Real Madrid- and a draw, which has allowed them to reach fourth place despite having two games less played than Villarreal, who are fifth.