Hello and welcome to our match preview and live coverage of Real Betis vs Sevilla in week 24 of the 2016/17 LaLiga Santander season, to be played at the Estadio Benito Villamarín at 16:15 CET on Saturday 25 February 2017.
Real Betis vs Sevilla: LaLiga week 24 preview
A derby is always a huge game, but a 'derbi sevillano' is particularly special. Jorge Sampaoli's high-flying Sevilla visit the Benito Villamarin for a clash in which, says Real Betis boss Víctor Sánchez del Amo, only three points will do.
Betis are finding wins hard to come by - their last league victory came against Leganés in early January - and are slipping closer to the relegation zone as the weeks go by, with their last outing bringing a 4-1 walloping by Granada.
It's a sequence of results that's starting to affect both the team and Los Verdiblancos' fans; and what better way to spark an upturn in fortunes than a triumph over your eternal rivals?
Dani Ceballos has followed a special plan to be fit for the fixture, while Joaquín and José Carlos will be absent through injury and Matías Nahuel is suspended.
Third-placed Sevilla, who remain in touch with leaders Real Madrid following Los Blancos' defeat to Valencia in midweek, are out to continue their challenge at the top of the LaLiga table.
Sampaoli's side come into the derby on the back of a last-16 first-leg win over Leicester City in the Champions League - one they'll feel should have been by a greater margin. They'll look to show greater ruthlessness in front of goal against the near neighbours.
Wednesday's European encounter saw Sevilla lose Clement Lenglet to injury, the defender joining Benoit Tremoulinas, Michael Krohn-Dehli and Carlos Fernández in the sickbay.