Valencia will look to get closer to the European spots when they host Real Betis at Mestalla in the La Liga on Saturday.
Valencia Match Form
Los Ches are not having the best of seasons, especially after finishing 4th last year. They are currently 8th in the league, 2 points off Real Sociedad who occupy the final European spot. They failed to defend the Copa del Rey, losing to Granada in the quarterfinals.
While they did manage to get through the UEFA Champions League group stage, Alberto Celades’ men were thumped 4-1 by Atalanta in the round of 16 first leg and are very likely to be eliminated.
Thus, a season which started with a lot of promise looks set to end in disappointment unless Valencia manage to secure a European spot in the final few months. After losing 3-0 to Real Sociedad in the previous league game, Celades will look for a response in this one.
Real Betis Match Form
Coming to their opponents, Real Betis are in the same boat as Valencia when it comes to under-performing this season. After flirting with relegation spots in the earlier parts of the season, Los Verdiblancos find themselves just below the top half of the table.
They are relatively safe from relegation, with 8 points separating them from RCD Mallorca in 18th place. Looking up, Levante in 10th place are only 2 points away, a scalable gap.
However, in order to do so, Rubi’s men will have to start playing well and need to improve from the 3-3 draw against Mallorca in the last game. Sergio Canales, Nabil Fekir and Joaquin got onto the score-shoot and Rubi will expect them to keep firing in this one.
In terms of team news, Marc Bartra will be a big miss for the visitors due to suspension. However, Rubi’s team is fairly clear of injuries with Juanmi, Alfonso Pedraza and Diego Lainez the only ones injured.
On the other hand, Celades has a host of injured players with Manu Vallejo, Cristiano Piccini, Rodrigo, Francis Coquelin, Jose Gaya, Gabriel Paulista, Alessandro Florenzi and Ezequiel Garay all ruled out of the game.
Valencia vs Real Betis H2H & Betting Tips
Coming to head-to-head, both sides have met 110 times, with Valencia winning 55 to Betis’ 32. Further, Valencia have lost just once in their last 8 clashes, the most recent one this season. At home, Los Ches have registered a clean sheet in each of their last 3 meetings and will look to continue that trend.
In terms of form, Valencia have failed to win any of their last 5 games across all competitions, conceding 14 goals, giving Betis a chance to find the back of the net. The visitors have also failed to win any of their last 6 games in all competitions, making this an equal match of sorts.
Thus, looking at both recent history and form, both teams can be expected to share the spoils at the end of 90 minutes.
Valencia Predicted XI: Domenech; Wass, Diakhaby, Mangala, Costa; Kondogbia, Parejo; Torres, Soler, Cheryshev; Gameiro
Real Betis Predicted XI: Robles; Emerson, Mandi, Feddal, Moreno; Carvalho, Guardado; Fekir, Canales, Joaquin; M. Garcia