Sevilla vs Betis First match of the restart
Ninety five days have passed since football was last played in the city of Seville and two days later, the last LaLiga Santander game kicked off, behind closed doors, as Eibar faced Real Sociedad, but now, football is back.
On Thursday night, what seems like a never-ending wait will come to an end and football returns, after it looked at one time like it might not.
It will happen in the city of Seville, where the most passionate of all fixtures will welcome football back with open arms. Sevilla vs Betis, the Gran Derbi.
It’s not just any old game, it’s full of colour, joy, emotion, but it won’t be the same without fans, though they won’t miss it for the world, even if it’s on television.
Sevilla have lost the home advantage which may well have been crucial in such an emotional fixture and Julen Lopetegui has worked with his team on their mental concentration to ensure they are competitive.
No one can ignore the importance of a good result in a derby, particularly as it will set the tone for the next 10 games that follow.
Lopetegui will have to wait to see if Lucas Ocampos is available as he was pretty much ruled out two days ago, but he did train on Wednesday, although didn’t finish the session.
The coach doesn’t want to take any risks, although the player insists that it’s just a slight discomfort and he feels good enough to play, but Lopetegui will decide.
Betis could seem like they have a lot to play for with no injury concerns, only Joaquin isn’t fit enough to start, but they must kick start their campaign early to reach seventh spot as they aim to.
They have to win their next three and see how they can take points off their rivals, far from an envious task.
Rubi will use all of his attacking power, Borja Iglesias, Nabil Fekir, Sergio Canales and Cristian Tello possible too.
It’s been 2,279 hours since Real Betis beat Real Madrid, but now football is back, LaLiga Santander is back. Welcome to the new normal.