Just before the game last Friday I tweeted about how it would be the first of three consecutive Andalucian derbies for Betis and how I spelled a hat-trick.
Of course I meant a hat-trick of victories; starting with Granada, finishing with Málaga and stuffed in the middle with Seville. I did not in my wildest Betis imagination, even taking into account that Betis can be highly erratic and difficult to predict, envisage being 3-0 down to the leagues second worst offensive outfit!
It was around this time, luckily, that I had other matters to attend to on my Friday evening…
It got worse and the team were 4-0 by the 65th minute, by which point Granada had increased their home goal tally by 50% to a grand total of 12, and leaving Betis throughly, throughly embarrassed. Oh and Nahuel got sent off too for a pathetic slap to face on Manchester United loanee Andreas Pereira. Fair play to Nahuel, that’s the most he’s ever done in a Betis shirt.
Petros did manage to grab a consolation to increase our own goal tally to 22 in 22, the third worst in the division.
To sum up: atrocious defending and shit attacking – not a great formula to entertain supporters nor win games.
Verdiblanco manager Víctor was so disgusted that he made the players stand in-front of the away contingent after the game to basically be abused. After fans had vented their anger the mood slowly began to change and true manquepierda was shown as the fans broke out into the club anthem, Himno del Betis. Good move from Víctor in my book.
On a brighter note, it is just one game and it could give the players the kick up the arse they need ahead of Saturday’s game against high-flying, free-scoring, flavour-of-the-month Sevilla. If this defeat doesn’t, I don’t know what will. This game isn’t make or break and beating our eternal rivals isn’t all of a sudden going to make this season a success but we need a spark which I hope will kick start a bit of a rally for the last third of the season.
On a further brighter note, Betis are a different entity at home, where we’ve collected 18 out of our 24 la liga points this season. Unlike last year where they were shocking, Seville are more than capable of picking up three points on the road, with six wins out of 12. I’m hoping the Seville players are going to be a little worn out after their 2-1 win against Leicester in the Champions League at the Sánchez Pizjuán, but it probably goes without saying that Jorge Sampaoli will have them fired up by the time the players walk out onto the hallowed turf of the Benito Villamarín.
Betis vs Seville Team News
Big news for Betis is that midfield canterano Dani Ceballos limped out of training early this week after injuring his left knee. Medical team have said that he’s got “a lot of soft tissue inflammation.” Doesn’t sound promising and I don’t think he’ll be playing, plus if he does he certainly won’t be 100%.
Ryan Donk has returned to training but José Carlos, Rafa Navarro and Joaquín are still not ready, although taking part in recuperation activity aside from the main group. I think we are dearly missing Don Joaquín and his personality both on and off the pitch. He is the biggest character at the club, one of the biggest characters in Spanish football, and Betis are severely lacking character in recent times.
Sevilla are pretty much full strength. We all know they have players who can cause damage such as Samir Nasri, Stefan Jovetic and Sarabia, with the latter two looking particularly impressive against Leicester. I do sometimes wonder whether Torrecilla got mixed up when he signed Sanabria instead of Sarabia…
Anyway, Heliopolis is going to be bouncing come mid afternoon on Saturday where passion and guts will count double over quality. Let’s hope the players in green and white show the fight the fans want to see.