In this Monday, March 9, 2020, Sevilla's head coach Julen Lopetegui speaks during an interview at the sport center of Sevilla, in Seville, Spain. The Seville derby between fierce southern rivals Sevilla and Real Betis will be the match kickstarting the Spanish league's first division this week after a wait of nearly three months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In this Monday, March 9, 2020, Sevilla's head coach Julen Lopetegui speaks during an interview at the sport center of Sevilla, in Seville, Spain. The Seville derby between fierce southern rivals Sevilla and Real Betis will be the match kickstarting the Spanish league's first division this week after a wait of nearly three months due to the coronavirus pandemic.|Tales Azzoni | Associated Press
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La Liga is back! Miller picks Sevilla vs Real Betis with 2 possible plays

Sevilla can stake its claim for top four spot with win Thursday over Real Betis in La Liga return. Match time is 4 pm EDT.

Sean Miller

Sean Miller

After the long COVID-19 break, play resumes Thursday, and we jump right back into one of the best European place battles on the continent.

Spain gets four places in the UEFA Champions League, and coming out of the break, Sevilla is currently third in the table with 11 matches to go. But just two points separates third from sixth, and every match over the next two months will be massive.

Sevilla has an opportunity to open up a four-point gap, before the rest of the trailing pack gets a chance to play this weekend, against a Real Betis team that is probably out of the race for a European spot and well above the relegation zone.

These two teams have gone over 2.5 goals head to head in five of six, while Sevilla has won seven of the last 10.

Sevilla went into the break hot, and should come out of it the same.

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SPAIN LA LIGA

Sevilla (-115) vs. Real Betis (+290), draw (+280), 4 pm EDT (beIN Sports and Fubo.tv)

THE PICKS:

Sevilla ML (-115)

Over 2.5 goals (-121)

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