Real Betis line up for what will most likely be their last derby for at least a year. Although the dream of survival is still a mathematical possibility, the side must make plans for life in Spanish football's second tier.
(* mi alma is an affectionate term used in Seville meaning something akin to "Goodbye Chuck", inexplicably mispronounced to sound more like my weapon rather than its literal translation of my soul")
As the winter break comes to an end in Spain, Ben Hardman looks forward to some of the top encounters taking place this weekend in Spain's Liga BBVA.
It has been nigh on twelve days since the last ball was kicked in Spain’s most elite football division. Action returns during the first weekend of the New Year and there is no shortage of mouth-watering ties on show: we have European battles, basement battles, city derbies and regional derbies.
We take a sideways look at the big game in Spain this weekend, perhaps La Liga´s biggest 'derby', in the traditional sense of the word, given that Barcelona is more than 600kms from Madrid.
It's Sevilla against Betis on Sunday night, one beautiful city, two completely different ways of viewing football. We look at the game and speak to some fans about the two clubs and why the derby means so much.