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Primera División

  • December 10, 2011
  • • 19:00
  • • Estadio Benito Villamarín, Sevilla
  • Referee: Miguel Pérez Lasa
  • • Attendance: 25000

La Liga Preview: Betis v Valencia

La Liga Preview: Betis v Valencia

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Unai Emery's side try to bounce back from Champions League elimination midweek when they travel Andalusia to take on Pepe Mel's team, who are a point above the relegation zone


Isidoro, Ustaritz, Dorado, Nacho
Benat, Iriney, Sevilla
Castro, Santa Cruz, Pereira


Barragan, Dealbert, Ruiz, Mathieu
Albelda, T Costa
Piatti, Jonas
, Hernandez

Betis look set for the contest with no major injury news, and although they eventually suffered defeat at Osasuna last weekend, their nine loss in 10 matches, the board at the Sevilla club have indicated that Pepe Mel will remain in charge until the end of the season.

Valencia look to bounce back from Tuesday's Champions League elimination to Chelsea by fielding a full-strength team. Roberto Soldado will likely start after Aritz Aduriz featured last weekend.

On the injury front, Ever Banega is still recovering from a knee injury, but may earn a few minutes against Betis, though it does not look likely.

Sergio Canales is still out until April with a knee injury, while Hedwiges Maduro looks to return in February with an ankle injury. In goal, Vicente Guaita is still nearing fitness and may make the start in favour of Diego Alves, who has not been in form as of late.

  • Real Betis are in 17th place in the league, only one point above the relegation zone. Racing Santander and Sporting Gijon have 12 points, while Real Zargoza are last with 10. 
  • The Sevilla-based club won their first four league games but have not seen victory since, losing nine and drawing one.
  • Betis have allowed nine goals at home in the league. Only two teams have conceded more, as Zaragoza and Saturday's opponents have allowed 11.
  • Valencia were eliminated from the Champions League group stage on Tuesday when they lost 3-0 to Chelsea in London. 
  • Los Che currently sit in third place in La Liga with 30 points, four ahead of Levante.

  • Striker Roberto Soldado has nine league goals, good enough for fourth place in the Pichichi rankings.

Players to watch

R. Santa Cruz

Position: Attacker

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The Paraguayan is the main man in attack, and for Betis to avoid relegation, he will need to be at his finest. It all starts on Saturday for the team to turn their fortunes around, after nine losses in 10 matches.

Víctor Ruíz

Position: Defender

Games: 0

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Whether he starts remains to be seen, but he was nothing short of horrible against Chelsea. Having mostly played well since coming over from Napoli, many still question his quality, and he must show off his talents to earn back the trust of the Valencia faithful.

Editor's Prediction

Betis have been the most out of form team in the league as of late, and the trend should continue as Valencia look to bounce back from their Champions League failure.

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Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

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Valencia CF VAL
Valencia CF Valencia

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