These two sides played out an exciting clash in the first leg of this Copa del Rey semi-final three weeks ago and we think goals are likely once more
Real Betis travel to Valencia on Thursday evening with the scoreline currently 2-2 in their Copa del Rey semi-final.
The first leg in Seville three weeks ago saw Quique Setien’s side take a two-goal lead, only to concede late on and give Los Che a healthy away goal advantage.
Valencia boast an excellent home record this term and are unbeaten in their last 13 matches in front of their own fans, so will certainly fancy themselves to reach the final.
Los Che trailed 2-0 after 54 minutes of that fixture courtesy of goals from Loren Moron and veteran Joaquin, yet hit back through Denis Cheryshev and a 93rd-minute effort from Kevin Gameiro to claim a spirited 2-2 draw.
Marcelino’s men have scored plenty of late goals throughout the competition so far – including a stoppage-time Rodrigo double to beat Getafe in the quarter-finals – and will be hopeful of sealing a first final berth since 2008.
Only two league places and three points separate these two teams in the LaLiga standings.
Score prediction: Valencia 2-1 Real Betis
Team news of Valencia vs Real Betis
Centre-back Ezequiel Garay will miss the clash for Valencia, while substitute goalkeeper Jaume Domenech will keep his place between the sticks.
Betis are likely to be without attacking wing-back Junior Firpo.
The host has an almost fit squad to call upon with Argentine centre-back Ezequiel Garay the only player out with an injury. Mouctar Diakhaby will also be back after serving a 4-match suspension.
Real Betis have a minor injury crisis upon their hands with Cristian Tello, Antonio Barragan,
Diego Lainez, and Jese all doubtful for the fixture. Junior Firpo remains the only player who has been ruled out with injury so far.
Lineup Valencia vs Real Betis
Valencia (4-4-2): Domenech; Gaya, Paulista, Diakhaby, Piccini; Guedes, Coquelin, Parejo, Wass; Gameiro, Moreno
Real Betis (3-4-3): Robles; Mandi, Bartra, Sidnei; Francis, Carvalho, Canales, Guardado; Lo Celso, Moron, Joaquin
TV channel and live stream online coverage
UK based fans have been unable to watch the previous rounds of the competition,
but streaming service Eleven Sports have acquired the rights to broadcast this, and the rest of the remaining Copa del Rey matches.
Matches can be viewed either on an app (Android or iOS) or via the Eleven Sports website, www.elevensports.uk,
although fans will need to sync their telephones, tablets or computers to a television in order to watch games on TV.
You can also follow the action with NewGersy Sport’s LIVE blog.
The two sides played out a goalless draw in LaLiga in September and are due to meet again in April.
Valencia won both meetings in 2017-18, scoring six times in a nine-goal thriller in Seville.