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Betis vs Valencia
When: Sunday, April 18 – 18:30 CEST
Where: Estadio Benito Villamarín in Sevilla, Spain
Weather: Partly cloudy, 24°C
Referee: Javier Alberola Rojas
Victor Ruiz and Andres Guardado return for Betis tonight after missing the clash with Atletico a week ago.
Meanwhile, Valencia will be without Maxi Gomez and Gabriel Paulista, both of whom are suspended. Plus, their goalie Jasper Cillessen might still not be fully fit to go between the sticks.
Those are just some of the reasons why betting odds on Betis have been dropping rapidly. For more reasons, keep on reading!
Betis Planning to Cash-In on Their Good Form
Betis lost only two La Liga games since the start of 2021, winning eight along the way, and adding a draw on four occasions.
Pretty impressive stuff from the Seville-based team, especially considering they had to face a few heavyweights in that stretch.
For instance, they played the table leaders Atletico Madrid in the previous round, and despite entering the game as underdogs, they managed to grab a point.
Thanks to their impressive performances over the last few months, Betis are now in the #6 position in the standings.
They’re on level points with Real Sociedad, who sit one place above in the standings. And even that is due to Sociedad’s better H2H record.
Betis stand a good chance to overtake the #5 spot (which would earn them a ticket bye to the group stage of the Europa League) from Sociedad by the end of the season.
Their form is decent, but there’s another reason why Betis fans should feel hopeful about the near future – this team’s schedule is getting much easier soon.
After the Betis vs Valencia game tonight, they will have two very tough matchups. First, they take on Athletic Bilbao; then, they square off with Real Madrid. But, that’s it!
After those two, Betis will face major underdogs in Valladolid, Granada, Eibar, Huesca, and Celta – all very winnable for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
Valencia Desperate to End the Losing Streak on the Road
Valencia shares the title of the worst away team in La Liga with three other teams – Alaves, Getafe, and Elche. That group of teams won only 10 points on the road this season.
Although Valencia have a better goal record than the other three, they’ve not impressed with their away form of late – losing all of their previous four.
The worst thing is that, excluding Real Madrid, Valencia suffered defeats against some not-so-great sides. They lost 3-0 to Getafe, 1-0 to Levante, and 2-1 to Cadiz. Furthermore, the last time Valencia won an away game in La Liga was on January 10 against Valladolid.
Valencia don’t have to worry about relegation. However, this team’s chances of getting to Europe are practically non-existent. In fact, the best they can hope for is to finish the season in the upper half of the table.
Betis vs Valencia Betting Picks
Poor form, injury problems, suspensions – these things would make Valencia an underdog against almost any La Liga team.
Considering that they’re facing in-form Betis who are without any fitness concerns, Valencia seems to be heading for another defeat.
Prediction: Betis to win – 1.85 at Betfair