Valencia vs Real Betis
Spanish Copa del Rey
Date: Thursday, 28 February 2019
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Estadio de Mestalla (Valencia).
The reverse fixture between Valencia and Real Betis will provide the second Copa del Rey finalist on Thursday evening at Mestalla. The hosts enter the tie in a better position as they bagged two goals in the first leg played three weeks ago at Benito Villamarin.
Los Beticos had a massive 2-0 cushion in 70 minutes of play on the occasion, but the Bats notched two late goals and they are now favourites to advance. Valencia were stopped at the semi-final stage last season when they fell to champions Barcelona.
Marcelino’s troops had lots of troubles finding the right shape throughout the season, but they look to have reached the wanted defensive stability.
Results came instantly with the rise in defensive form as the Bats go into this undefeated in last nine matches in all competitions. They conceded just one goal in last five games. The streak included a 3-0 win over Celtic on aggregate in the last 32 round of Europa League.
Valencia vs Real Betis: Head-to-head
Valencia can also rely on the head to head tradition here.
They are beaten in last five encounters with Los Beticos.
There was no winner in any of two head to head games in this season (a goalless draw in La Liga tie at Mestalla and a 2-2 draw in Copa del Rey semi-final).
Valencia have a splendid home record of 16 wins, 5 draws and just 1 defeat in 22 matches against Betis.
Valencia vs Real Betis: Prediction
Quique Setien’s men paid price for playing on three fronts recently. They were winless in five subsequent matches across competitions. Betis conceded three goals in each of two Europa League fixtures against French Ligue 1 outfit Rennes (a 4-6 loss on aggregate).
Both Betis and Valencia can still challenge European positions for next season through league where they are close to 4th-placed Getafe. As far as this match goes, we have to fancy the Bats who have been much more consistent of late.
Valencia vs Real Betis: Bet Tips
Valencia to win @ 1.75 (3/4)
Valencia to keep a clean sheet @ 2.62 (13/8).