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


PROBABLE LINEUPS

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

VALENCIA

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

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.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • 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.

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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
13CastoGoalkeeper
2IsidoroDefender
-MarioDefender
5DoradoDefender
23NachoMidfielder
7BeñatMidfielder
-IrineyMidfielder
24PozueloMidfielder
-Jonathan PereiraStriker
9Roque Santa CruzStriker
24Rubén CastroStriker
30Fabricio Agosto RamírezGoalkeeper
4AmayaDefender
-JuanmaMidfielder
5MatillaMidfielder
21José CañasStriker
-EzequielMidfielder
19Jorge MolinaStriker
1Diego AlvesGoalkeeper
19BarragánDefender
-DealbertDefender
18Víctor RuizDefender
3Jérémy MathieuDefender
5Mehmet TopalMidfielder
8Sofiane FeghouliMidfielder
-Pablo HernándezMidfielder
24Tino CostaMidfielder
7JonasStriker
9Roberto SoldadoStriker
30GuaitaGoalkeeper
2BrunoDefender
-AlbeldaMidfielder
-Ever BanegaMidfielder
21ParejoMidfielder
20Aritz Aduriz ZubeldiaStriker
17Pablo PiattiStriker
Players to Watch
Roque Santa Cruz
Roque Santa Cruz
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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 Ruiz
Víctor Ruiz
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 18
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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.
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.
Editor's Prediction
Betis 1

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