The Betis enters the final stretch of eight games to conclude LaLiga Santander with a tight struggle to consolidate in the European positions, with what a victory on Sunday in the Benito Villamarin would be an important step, although the Valencia arrives in Seville with the need to add three at a time to get away from the bottom of the table.
The Verdiblanco team maintains a good dynamic since the second round began although in the last two days they only added two of the six possible points after the draws to one in Elche and at home before him Athletic Madrid, which has made those of the Chilean Manuel Pellegrini keep very close to Real Sociedad and the Villarreal, its most direct rivals.
Despite everything, the Betis made a good game last Sunday against the current leader of the classification, against which he had options to win, with which the team that opposes the Valencia it won’t vary much from the one used a week ago.
Then, the Chilean had casualties due to injury, Mexican midfielder Andrés Guardado and the forward Borja Iglesias placeholder image, plus that of central Víctor Ruiz, who had to serve a penalty game, with which the three joined the long-term absences of goalkeeper Dani Martín and winger Víctor Camarasa.
Pellegrini announced on Friday that Guardado is in a position to reappear but that Borja Iglesias will be evaluated until the last minute, although it is possible that he will not force anyone given the good performance that the team gave against Atlético.
In that match, the Betis He left without a specific striker and put four players in the middle point as Aitor Ruibal, the French Nabil Fekir, Joaquín Sánchez or Cristian Tello, this author of the Betic goal, which is also a possibility for Sunday, although Juanmi Jiménez and Loren Morón await their opportunity and one of them could return to ownership.
In defense, Víctor Ruiz can also return but the good level given by Marc Bartra, who returned to the team after several months of absence due to injury, gives him options to continue as one of the centrals together with Algerian Aïssa Mandi.
The Valencia He faces the match twelve points behind the Europa League positions and with a cushion of eight with the relegation.
A victory would allow Valencia to break the terrible streak they have been on as a visitor in the League, in which they accumulate six consecutive starts without achieving it, with five defeats included in that streak that had its last stop in Cádiz, where they fell 2-1.
The last victory for Javi Gracia’s team away from Mestalla occurred more than three months ago, at the beginning of January, in Valladolid, where they won 0-1 with a goal from Carlos Soler.
For this clash, the coach will have to redo the center of his defense in an obligatory way because the central Gabriel Paulista will be dismissed by sanction. So far, Hugo Guillamón has been the coach’s third choice, although Portuguese Francisco Reis ‘Ferro’ may also be an option, ahead of Eliaquim Mangala in principle.
You should also look for a new reference center forward because also Maxi Gomez it will be canceled due to sanction (this match and the next). The French Kevin Gameiro was the last chosen to replace the Uruguayan but also the Italian Patrick Cutrone or even Manu Vallejo could have options.