Real Betis’ campaign this season is certainly better than last season. They are sitting on the sixth of the table and still have a chance to play in Europa League next season. However, there are only two spots available and Betis are involved in a race with Real Sociedad and Villareal for them. Three of them are separated by one point. This weekend, Manuel Pellegrini’s men encounter Valencia, which has been stranded in the midtable for the whole season.
Both teams’ previous games
Joaquin and Co were able to hold Atletico Madrid in a 1-1 draw last weekend. Despite conceding first by Yannick Carrasco, they managed to put back on a level term through Christian Tello’s goal. It was only their fifth draw result this season.
Meanwhile, Valencia could also muster a 2-2 draw while taking on Real Sociedad last weekend. Los Ches even were two goals behind as Ander Guevara and Alexander Isak scored at the first half. Carlos Soler had a chance to net a lifeline but he failed to capitalise it. At the second half, Danish versatile Daniel Wass was chosen to take the penalty and he did successfully, followed by Gabriel Paulista’s header to equalise.
Manuel Pellegrini has always been in favour of 4-2-3-1 formation. Unfortunately, Borja Iglesias’s fitness is doubtful. So, Loren Moron is likely to get a nod here to feature as the targetman. In the midfield, Sergio Canales, Christian Tello and Nabil Fekir.
His counterpart, Javi Garcia, has never changed his 4-4-2 formation. The youngster Manu Vallejo is opted as the targetman upfront alongside Carlos Guedes since Maxi Gomez is serving his ban. In the midfeld, Carlos Soler, Denis Cheryshev, Daniel Wass and Uros Racic will be operating on the second line. Beside, Maxi Gomez, some other names on the sideline due to the injury are Jasper Cillessen, Eliqueim Mangala while Gabriel Paulista is also suspended.
Players to watch
The former Lyon man, Nabil Fekir is Betis’ top performer this season. He has scored only three goals but provided five assists. Some other notable names to watch are Sergio Canales with seven goals and six assists, the center back who is currently on the radar of Barcelona, Aissa Mandi and the former Fiorentian man, Christian Tello.
Los Ches’s key men this season are Carlos Soler who has registered seven goals and five assists, the goalie Jaume Domenech and the captain Jose Gaya who has also provided five assists so far.
Real Betis vs Valencia Prediction
Manuel Pellegrini’s side should be able to win over Carlos Soler anc Co who are still trying to find consistency here. Yet, both sides forward have been less impressive, which might lead to wasting more decent chances than scoring one. Betis could possibly snatch three points at their home turf here.