Real Betis host Valencia in potential game of the seasonOctober 14, 2017
his game is really set up to be potentially game of the season. Both teams are playing the most attractive football in Spain so far this season.
Both Betis and Valencia have been open when it comes to attacking and see defending as a secondary thought. Setien and Marcelino have also set up their respective teams to play attractive football where there is constant change of direction in play.
Valencia have failed to beat Real Betis in their previous four league meetings with the Andalusian club winning twice. Those four games has seen three players sent off along with 30 yellow cards. With that in mind, goals, cards and good football should be expected.
Up front, Betis’ two main strikers Sergio Leon and Antonio Sanabria have hit a great run of form. Leon has scored four in his last five games with Sanabria also scoring four goals so far this season. These two are supported by the never aging 36 year old Joaquin who has shown some of his best football in years.
Generally playing with 2 wingers and one striker, the form of both Leon and Sanabria may force Qique Setien to rethink his formation. Guardado has been in superb form and has proved a bargain at €3 million from PSV. With Fabian at his side and Javi Garcia steadying the ship behind them, they have proved a formidable midfield.
Last time out, Real Betis played in game of the season so far in a 4-4 draw away to Real Sociedad. In a game where defending was optional, Setien set out his team to play. Before this, Los Verdiblancos thrashed out a 4-0 hammering of Levante and followed up by beating Real Madid in the Bernabeu.
Looking at Valencia, they impose a similar stance on the game. Having remained unbeaten so far this season, they have really bought into new manager Marcelino. They opened their campaign with a win over Las Palmas and followed up with three draws including Real Madrid and Atletico.
In their last three games before the break, Los Che clocked up 11 goals against Malaga, Real Sociedad and Athletic Club. A major factor in scoring so much has been the permanent signing of Simeone Zaza after his loan spell. The Italian has netted five in the last three games with a hat trick against Malaga.
The summer proved a very successful period for Valencia as well as Betis. With Kondogbia arriving from Inter Milan, Dani Parajeo has been freed up. The Spaniard is putting in much more consistent performances this season. Along with the already mentioned Zaza, deadline day loan of Goncalo Guedes has been a real positive for Los Che. The ability of Carlos Soler to control a game is also really coming to the fore under Marcelino; a manager that is not afraid to put faith in young players.
Injuries and Team News
For Real Betis, defensive midfielder Javi Garcia and expected star signing Ryad Boudebouz are not expected to feature.
In the Valencia camp, it appears Marcelino has very little to worry about apart from long term absentee Javi Jimenez Garcia.
Expected Line Ups
Real Betis: Adan; Barragan, Mandi, Feddal, Durmisi; Camarasa, Guardado, Fabian; Joaquin, Sergio Leon, Sanabria
Valencia: Neto; Montoya, Gabriel, Garay, Gaya; Kondogbia, Parajeo, Soler, Guedes; Rodrigo, Zaza