LaLiga Action at the Mestalla – Valencia face Real Betis

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Next Thursday at 8:00pm GMT, on matchday 14 of the LaLiga, we will see Valencia play Betis at the Mestalla.

With Champion’s League positions always a key motivation, fourth placed Betis remain in contention as they travel to twelfth placed Valencia.

With the LaLiga season well into its stride, Valencia have managed to gain 16 points

Valencia have dropped five points in their last two fixtures, drawing 1-1 at Real Sociedad and losing 0-1 to Barcelona.

Also, with four draws in seven games, Manager Gennaro Gattuso has plenty to ponder, going into the next fixture, not least of which is how to get the wins he needs. With 16 points (4W, 5L and 4D), they are established in twelfth position in the League having won four matches, drawn four fixtures, and lost five fixtures.

Playing at home, Valencia have won three meetings, drawn one game, and lost three games.

Valencia will have 19 points if they manage to secure a victory.

Gennaro Gattuso will be forced to make changes to the plans for his squad, as injury or illness has depleted him of four of his Valencia players.

Real Betis go into this meeting with 24 points secured

Betis drew 1-1 when they visited Seville, their disappointment was further deepened, having previously drawn against Real Sociedad, they must now try and get a positive result from this fixture.

Also, Betis keep finding ways to win, having secured seven victories in their last 13 meetings is astonishing this season, which is responsible for their Champion’s League qualification position. Now they have 7 matches won, 3 games lost and 3 duels drawn; that’s why they currently sit in fourth place, with a total of 24 points having won seven fixtures, drawn three games, and lost three games.

Betis’ away record is remarkable and poses a significant threat to Valencia. In the 6 games they’ve played on the road this season, they have so far won two fixtures, drawn two meetings, and lost two matches.

Victory for Real Betis would take their points tally to 27 so far this season.

A solid defensive team

Defence begins with attack and Betis have defended well as a team, borne out by conceding nine goals in their previous fixtures. Every player has contributed to them delivering a solid defensive display this LaLiga season. This has been an average season so far, in terms of performance and entertainment, even though they have delivered a decent rate of goals (17). This season, their stand-out attacking players have been Borja Iglesias (8), Juanmi (2), and William Carvalho (2).

Injury and illness have depleted Manuel Pellegrini’s Betis and they will likely be missing five key personnel for Thursday’s match.

Valencia v Real Betis – Head-to-Head.

Regarding their historical duels Valencia and Betis have faced each other 53 times in the past, with the balance of wins sitting in Valencia’s favour (27 – 14). Further, ten of the past 20 fixtures between Valencia and Betis have resulted in a Valencia win. May 2022 was the most recent time these two clashed in this competition and The Green-and-Whites took all three points winning 0-3 away.

Performance Report

For Valencia, Edinson Cavani scoredfour goals in 13 League games this season, while Borja Iglesias, one of their best scorers, has nettedeight goals in 13 League games this campaign for Betis.

Other standout players for Valencia are Edinson Cavani and Samu Castillejo with four goals both and for Betis are Juanmi and William Carvalho with two goals and two goals respectively.