Valencia will face Real Betis at Estadio de Mestalla, in Valencia, at Copa del Rey – Semifinal second leg. Valencia against Real Betis is the match with big interest after their previous matches. Review our thoughts on this match here below.
Valencia this season looks great, however, they are playing every time on draw not giving best results. they reached the semi-final of Copa del Rey by leaving behind Getafe, Gijon, and Ebro, not the strongest teams of course. If they will win against Betis, in the Final they will play against Real Madrid or Barcelona. Valencia this season are strongly concentrated to defense, as a result, they have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 6 home matches in all competitions. In addition, they are showing second-best defense in LaLiga after Atletico Madrid.
All main squad players are fit and ready to fight against Real Betis. However, most important defender E. Garay will miss this match due to injury. All players are very well prepared and motivated for this game since this is one of the chances to get into the European championships next year.
The Oranges are great at counter attacks, attacking set pieces and creating scoring chances. They are facing troubles at finishing scoring chances, defending against long shots and defending against skillful players. Very likely that they will attack through the middle, take a lot of shots and rotate their first eleven.
Real Betis potentially is a very strong team, with great players in the squad. They reached the semi-final of Copa del Rey and left behind teams like Santander, Real Sociedad, and Espanyol. They conceded 2 goals at home game in 1st leg against Valencia, so they need to be strong and do everything to score more than Valencia. Betis now stands at a higher position than Valencia and could possibly concentrate to fight for 5th or even 4th place of LaLiga, because they have only 3 points difference. In LaLiga away matches they won only 4 times and 8 times were less successful.
Unfortunately, Junior Firpo, Christian Tello, and Jese will miss the next match due to injuries. They send on Loan young and perspective players to other clubs to gain more experience.
This season Betis is strong at shooting from direct free kicks and attacking down the wings. However, they are facing troubles at stopping opponents from creating chances, aerial duels and avoiding individual errors. Very likely that they will try to control the ball on their own half, take long shots and long passes.
During the last year, they met 2 times in LaLiga. Valencia won once and played a draw. Both matches were at Estadio de Mestalla, in Valencia.