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  • April 22, 2012
  • • 20:30
  • • Estadio de Mestalla, Valencia
  • Referee: César Muñiz Fernández
  • • Attendance: 39000
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Valencia - Real Betis Preview: Unai Emery's men look to start off crucial week on the right foot against visitors

Valencia - Real Betis Preview: Unai Emery's men look to start off crucial week on the right foot against visitors

Sergio Canales, Valencia - Damian Suarez, Sporting Gijon,

With the hurt of a 4-2 loss in the Europa League semi-finals still lingering, Los Che hope they can turn their season around starting with a victory on Sunday

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

VALENCIA

Guaita
Bruno, Rami, Costa, Jordi Alba
Albelda, Parejo
Feghouli, Canales, Piatti
Jonas/Soldado
REAL BETIS

Fabricio
Nelson, Paulao, Dorado, Nacho
Montero, Benat, Iriney, Pereira
Castro, Cruz
As the heat has been turned up on Unai Emery, earning a win on Sunday will likely prove more than difficult. The former Almeria coach will be without the services of Aritz Aduriz, Tino Costa, Jeremy Mathieu and Pablo Hernandez due to card accumulation, while Ever Banega is still out injured.

In this one, Vicente Guaita will return in goal, replacing Diego Alves who plays primarily in European matches, while Jordi Alba will likely start at left-back for the Frenchman. Roberto Soldado should feature in attack for Aduriz, though Jonas is also an option. Dani Parejo is set to deputise for Tino Costa in midfield.

For Betis, Juanma is out for a month due to injury, but Pepe Mel, who has never been defeated by Valencia, will be able to field a strong team, which could make quite a leap into the fight for European football with a win.


  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Valencia are in third place in La Liga with with 52 points, one above Malaga for the last coveted automatic Champions League group stage spot.
  • After losing 4-2 at Atletico Madrid on Thursday in the Europa League semi-finals, Los Che have now conceded four goals in each of their last two games.
  • The team have only won once in their last five home league matches.
  • Real Betis are in 12th place in the league with 42 points but sit only four points back of sixth place, the last spot for a Europa League place next season.
  • The first time these two teams met this season, Betis won 2-1 at home.
  • The visitors have not suffered a league loss in their last six matches, winning three and drawing three.

Players to watch

Canales

Position: Attacker

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The talented midfielder recently returned from injury and is looking to get back into the groove. Sunday is another chance for him to make a statement and prove he can also make an impact on Thursday in the team's biggest game of the season thus far.

Beñat

Position: Midfielder

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The talented midfielder will be relied upon to create chances against an out of form Valencia defence. Looking to set up his strikers, he should have plenty of chances to make his mark both as a distributor and a shooter.

Editor's Prediction

Valencia have a tough decision of deciding whether to rest some stars ahead of Thursday's second leg against Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-finals. Regardless, Betis are no pushover and should do enough to earn at least a point, if not more.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Valencia

Real Betis

Wins
3
0
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Valencia Club de Fútbol VAL
Valencia Club de Fútbol Valencia
Draw
Real Betis Balompié BET
Real Betis Balompié Real Betis
76%
17%

Top 3 Predictions

Valencia Club de Fútbol VAL
2 - 0
Real Betis Balompié BET
Valencia Club de Fútbol VAL
3 - 1
Real Betis Balompié BET
Valencia Club de Fútbol VAL
2 - 1
Real Betis Balompié BET

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