Preview - Valencia vs Real Betis 5 March

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Match Day 27
Valencia vs Real Betis
Monday, March 5th, 2018
03:45 (GMT +8)
Stadium: Estadio de Mestalla

Valencia:
Last five matches: D W W W L
Average goals per match: 1.9
Average goals against per match: 1.2
Top Scorer: Santi Mina (11)
   
Real Betis: 
Last five matches: WD W L W W
Average goals per match: 1.7
Average goals against per match: 2.0
Top Scorer: Sergio Leon (9)

The matchup between Valencia and Real Betis may be one of the most intriguing in all of Europe this weekend. Valencia have found their form after hitting a rough patch recently. Betis are having a solid season as well and they could very well claim a spot that will have them playing European football next season.

Real Betis are one of the best goal scoring sides in La Liga--only five teams can say they have a better scoring record than that. They recently defeated rivals Sevilla 5-3 on the road and, coincidentally, their 5-3 loss to Real Madrid, prove that Betis are a side that aren't afraid to attack and try to find a positive result in each match. This may be a sign that there will be plenty of goals in this game.

Valencia are a streaky side. Yes, they have earned 10 points from their last four matches, but they have been quite lucky in some of those games and they didn't exactly face top competition either.

While Valencia are the traditionally stronger side, Betis stroll into this match in better form. They haven't participated in any cup competitions in 2018, so they have played 6 less games than their hosts. Los Verdiblancos have won five of their last nine league games in 2018. Real Betis might just stroll into the Mestalla and steal a victory in this one.

Prediction: Valencia 1-2 Real Betis


aaguerra90

Half Time: 1:0
Full Time: 2:0
Shots: 10:6
Shots on target: 6:4
Corner Kicks: 7:0
Possession: 41:59

Valencia keep a strong hold on fourth place in La Liga after defeating Real Betis 2-0 at the Mestalla. Los Che remain in third place, one point behind Real Madrid, but extend their lead over Sevilla, their nearest pursuers, back to eight points.

Valencia really want to take part in next year's Champions League, and the way they're performing proves that. Geoffrey Kondogbia, Simone Zaza and Rodrigo are in excellent form and willed the home team to victory today.

It was Rodrigo who opened the scoring in the 23rd minute. Goncalo Guedes sent a long ball from inside his own half to the Spanish striker. Betis center back Jordi Amat miscalculated the ball's trajectory, which allowed Rodrigo to get in behind him. Rodrigo then cut inside, leaving Marc Bartra in his wake, and fired a left footed shot that beat goal keeper Antonio Adan. It was a beautiful pass by Guedes but an even better bit of skill by Rodrigo to get to the ball, beat two defenders, and put his team in front. The Spanish youngster is making his case to be called up by Julen Lopetegui to the Spain squad for the World Cup this summer.

Before the goal it seemed that Betis would be the ones who would get a goal. They had more possession of the ball and neutralized Dani Parejo, the Valencia playmaker and captain. Veteran Joaquin was wreaking havoc down the flank, looking rejuvenated and playing better than youngsters Guedes and Carlos Soler.

The goal was a complete shock to the Verdiblancos though and completely demoralized them. From then on it was Marcelino's men who were first to every 50/50 ball. The injury to Santi Mina was the only blemish to Valencia's match so far.

Valencia put the game to bed at the start of the second half. Kondogbia stole a ball off a Betis defender looking to build from the back, picked his head up, and lofted a pass to Zaza in the box. The Italian striker settled the ball with one touch and drilled a shot into the back of the net. It was a beautiful goal to put an end to a three month goalless spell.

After about a couple of years of irrelevance, it seems that Valencia are finally back to performing as one of the top teams in Spain. They are keen on getting back into the Champions League, which is where a club like Valencia belongs.

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