All eyes will be turn south today in Spain for the Seville derby at the Manuel Ruiz de Lopera stadium.
Real Betis out for revenge against city rivals Sevilla
All eyes will be turn south today in Spain for the Seville derby at the Manuel Ruiz de Lopera stadium. In recent years Real Betis have been in the shadow of neighbours Sevilla - who have won two Uefa Cups and challenged for the league title in the last three years and Betis will be out for revenge after Sevilla did a league double over them last season in what is one of the fiercist local rivalries in European football.
"Although our players will have tired legs, we hope they'll be able to perform to the levels needed," said Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido, whose side beat the Austrians Salzburg 2-0 in the Uefa Cup on Thursday. "Betis have strengthened their squad and will be much stronger than in recent years." Real Madrid's early-season jitters won't be eased by a tricky match against Racing Santander at the El Sardinero stadium, while Barcelona are looking to bounce back from their worst domestic start for 35 years when they travels to Sporting Gijon.
Madrid, who looked lackadaisical in a 4-3 win over Numancia in their previous match, will be without injured midfielders Wesley Sneijder and Fernando Gago. "People expect Real Madrid to play good, spectacular football with goals, but the most important thing is the victory," defender Marcelo said after the midweek Champions League victory over Bulgarian minnows BATE Borisov. Barcelona will be without injured midfielder Alexander Hleb and could also miss defender Eric Abidal. * With agencies