‘Seville derby tougher than a ‘Clasico’

SaturdayOsasuna     vs     Málaga        17:00Valencia     vs     Espanyol    19:00Barcelona     vs     R Zaragoza    21:00Real Madrid     vs     Athletic        23:00

Osasuna     vs     Málaga        17:00
Valencia     vs     Espanyol    19:00
Barcelona     vs     R Zaragoza    21:00
Real Madrid     vs     Athletic        23:00

Deportivo     vs     Levante        13:00
Celta Vigo     vs     Mallorca    17:00
Getafe     vs     Valladolid    18:50
Granada     vs     Atlético        20:45
Sevilla     vs     Betis    22:30
R Sociedad     vs     Rayo        22:30

MADRID - The Real Madrid-Barcelona “clasico” is televised around the world and often decides the La Liga title, but a Seville derby is a tougher proposition, Barca defender and former Sevilla favourite Dani Alves has said.

Real Betis travel across the Andalucian city to take on neighbours Sevilla on Sunday for a derby of huge importance locally, and a match of major significance in the push for the European places in La Liga.

“They may not be as important as a Barca-Real in terms of the quality of players, the spectacle on offer, and the media coverage, but they are passionate games,” Alves was quoted by Spanish media as telling Algerian newspaper Le Buteur.

“They are tougher than a ‘Clasico’.”

Betis lie fourth in La Liga with 19 points from 11 games, four behind champions Real Madrid in third, and 12 behind unbeaten leaders Barcelona.

Most significantly for their supporters, however, they have a four-point advantage over Sevilla in 10th.

Betis coach Pepe Mel, a former striker for the club, was refreshingly honest about his enthusiasm for Spain’s most highly-charged city derby.


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