Real Betis v Valencia – Benito Villamarin Stadium at 20:00 GMT

While fans around the world are fixated on the El Clasico, a spot in the final round of the Copa Del Rey is up for grabs when Real Betis take on Valencia at the Benito Villamarin Stadium on Thursday. The clash between two of the most consistent teams in the Spanish top flight is definitely going to be grand. A tight fixture is expected to take place on Thursday when Valencia and Betis meet.  It will be interesting to see who among these two teams got the energy, confidence, and the determination to come out victorious and make it to the top.

Real Madrid will certainly be aiming to grab the victory in this season’s Copa Del Rey in their home patch, but first, they must find a way to cruise past Valencia on Thursday’s semifinal fixture. Real Betis are placed in the top six; just four points shy of from a spot place in the Champions League. The hosts managed to build up some confidence throughout their three match-winning streaks at home, including the victory against Atletico Madrid, but can they continue their feat against Valencia?

Valencia, on the other hand, will be coming into this match fresh off the back of a 2-2 draw against Barcelona over the weekend, leaving Valencia at the 8th spot, and only two points behind Real Betis. While they managed to score twice against the Barcas, Valencia aren’t usually great in their attacking tactics on the road. Furthermore, they will be facing a Betis side that has a strong record at home so far this season.

There is a lot of pressure for both of these teams since a place in the finals is what’s at stake. Which team can come out successful even under intense pressure?

LATEST NEWS

–          William Carvalho remains doubtful for this clash.

–          Cristian Tello will be unavailable for Betis’ fixtures until March.

–          Goncalo Guedes has returned to training but will need to be evaluated before he can start a game.

PROBABLE FORMATION & STARTING XI

REAL BETIS: 3-5-2

Pau Lopez, Aissa Mandi, Marc Bartra, Sidnei, Francis Guerrero, Sergio Canales, Andres Guardado, Wilfrid Kaptoum, Junior Firpo, Jese, Loren Moron

VALENCIA: 4-4-2

Neto, Cristiano Piccini, Ezequiel Garay, Gabriel Paulista, Toni Lato, Ferran Torres, Daniel Parejo, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Denis Cheryshev, Rodrigo, Santi Mita

KEY PLAYERS

REAL BETIS

Sergio Canales could be one of the most crucial players for Real Betis. He delivered quite a performance when he scored the only goal during their fixture against Atletico Madrid over the weekend, securing the victory for Real Betis. If he could keep up and do much better on Thursday’s clash against Valencia, Real Betis could secure their third back-to-back victories in the competition.

VALENCIA

Geoffrey Kondogbia is definitely one of Valencia’s most formidable players. He is also one of the most dominant midfielders in the La Liga last season while he was on loan from Serie A side Inter Milan. His current performance this season is looking fine too. With his strength, agility and built, he proved to be an intimidating midfielder and a hard one to overcome.

MATCH PREDICTION

Real Betis v Valencia: 2-0

Following their remarkably improving win against Atletico Madrid over the weekend, Real Betis will definitely be confident and determined when they take on Valencia on Thursday. Apart from this, they will definitely take advantage of playing in their own patch considering their solid record at home.

MATCH BETTING ODDS*Prices are correct at the time of writing.

By @EliaasMJ

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