Two of La Liga’s early frontrunners meet at the Mestalla on Saturday (8:00pm kick-off) when Valencia face Real Betis.
Valencia XI: Domenech; Correia, Guillamon, Diakhaby, Gaya; Jason, Wass, Kondogbia, Guedes; Gameiro, Gomez.
Real Betis XI: Robles; Emerson, Barta, Sidnei, Moreno; Rodriguez, Canales; Joaquin, Fekir, Tello; Sanabria.
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Valencia vs Real Betis build-up, pre-match team news & previous line-ups:
Los Che, who only sit behind early leaders Getafe due to an inferior goal-difference, have collected seven points from 12 available, which includes wins over Levante (4-2) and Real Sociedad (1-0) last time out.
Two places and a single point below them in the table are Real Betis. The Andalusia-based club are yet to register a draw, after winning twice and losing the same number of matches. One of those victories came on the road at Deportivo Alaves which happens to be their only success across their last 13 games away from home.
Valencia have the better head-to-head record going into Saturday’s game, losing just one of the past seven La Liga matches between these two games. They are also stronger at home, with just one defeat in their last 25 league games against Betis at the Mestalla.
- Valencia (vs Real Sociedad): Domenech; Correia, Diakhaby, Guillamon, Gaya; Blanco, Kondogbia, Wass, Musah; Lee, Gomez.
- Real Betis (vs Getafe): Robles; Bartra, Sidnei, Mandi*, Moreno; Carvalho, Rodriguez; Juanmi, Fekir, Canales; Sanabria.
Los Che must do without Denis Cheryshev, Gabriel Paulista and Eliaquim Mangala but could still count on Carlos Soler who is touch-and-go for this weekend. Betis skipper Aissa Mandi sits this game out after seeing red in their humbling loss at Getafe last time out. Claudio Bravo and Andres Guardado are doubts whilst Francis Guerrero, Dani Martin and Victor Camarasa are confirmed absentees.
There’s no question Valencia have started this season well, but when compared to upcoming opponents Real Betis it’s too close to call. Los Che have so far produced 18 shots on goal — one more than Betis — whilst averaging 13 more attempted crosses. Betis, meanwhile, have conceded one more goal than Valencia but faced two fewer shots on target inside the box.
Players to watch:
- Valencia: It’s not easy to attain momentum let alone maintain it but Valencia centre-forward Maxi Gomez is doing a very good job early in this season. He was on song to register against regional rivals Levante on the opening matchday, prior to netting in their 2-1 loss at Celta de Vigo. A blank against Huesca followed, before scoring the all-important only goal at Real Sociedad’s expense in their return to winning ways last time out. Gomez is Los Che’s leading marksman so far and he’ll fancy his chances of adding to his total this weekend.
- Real Betis: A run of back-to-back defeats against Real Madrid and Getafe has slowed down Betis’ bright start. After failing to score in their most recent outing, they’ll be desperate to fill their boots, and no one in Manuel Pellegrini’s squad will be more eager to put in a strong performance than ex-Valencia man Sergio Canales, who in a previous life registered three La Liga goals across 43 outings for them. The once promising attacking midfielder has been in good form this season and goes into this game on the back off creating 3.5 chances per 90 minutes (which has led to two goals).