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La Liga 17/18 Week 8: Real Betis vs Valencia, Lineups, Preview & Prediction

Real Betis look to protect their excellent home record against one of the league's unbeaten teams in Valencia.


19:45 (BST), Sunday 15th October, Estadio Benito Villamarin, Seville

Real Betis have enjoyed a good season so far with new boss Quique Setien bringing much-needed organisation. Setien’s men find themselves in sixth after seven games, and much of that is owed to their superb home record.

Valencia are another team to enjoy a good start and they remain one of only three unbeaten sides, currently sitting in third.

Last time out

Real Sociedad 4-4 Real Betis

The game of the weekend unfolded at Anoeta before the international break as eight goals left the teams where they started, on level terms. Real Betis took the lead three times across the course of the afternoon through Sanabria, Joaquin and Sergio Leon.

However, goals from Willian Jose, Oyarzabal, Prieto and crucially Diego Llorente ended Sociedad’s disastrous losing run.

Valencia 3-2 Athletic Club

Valencia and Athletic Club produced an entertaining clash at the Mestalla before the international break and it was the home side who continued their good form.

The home side took a two-goal lead before Aduriz produced his latest piece of magic, and Rodrigo made it 3-1, before Raul Garcia pulled Bilbao back into the tie late on.

The win means Valencia remain unbeaten after seven games, while Athletic Club are closer to the bottom three than the top four.

Predicted Lineups

Real Betis

Real Betis have two injuries heading into this one with Ryad Boudebouz and Javi Garcia both ruled out.

Quique Setien could make some tactical changes after conceding four last time out, but the front end of the team should remain the same, after scoring four.

Valencia

Just the one injury concern for Valencia as Javi Giminez Garcia misses out, meaning each team, strangely, have a ‘Javi Garcia’ missing for this game.

Like his opposing manager, Marcelino isn’t expected to make many changes given his side’s recent form.

Key Battle

Sanabria Vs Rodrigo

Sanabria has been full of confidence since netting that historic winner against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.

He has been moved from out wide into the striker role, swapping with Sergio Leon as a result, and he seems to be loving life on the front of the three.

Rodrigo is another striker who is full of confidence and he even managed to net for his country over the international break.

He has flattered to deceive at times after being highly talked of as a youngster, but he’s really coming into his own under Marcelino, and indeed now for the national team under Lopetegui.

Talking points

Can Real Betis preserve their home record?

Real Betis are making the Villamarin a real fortress this season and they have reaped the rewards from that.

They will be desperate to remain unbeaten at home this weekend, but it will be put to the test against a very good Valencia.

Are Valencia here to stay?

Valencia look a very good side under Marcelino and with his level of organisation, that’s no surprise, especially given the size of the club.

Things have crumbled very quickly in the past at Valencia, and indeed at Marcelino-managed clubs, but for the sake of the club, they must ensure thatddoesn’t happen here by delivering a successful campaign.

Prediction: Real Betis 1-1 Valencia

These teams have shown excellent organisation this season and while they have both conceded goals, this one should be tight.

We have a very dangerous Valencia heading to the Villamarin, which has been fantastic for Betis so far, so this one could well be a draw.

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Jamie Kemble

Covering La Liga for Real Sport and Welsh football for Inside Wales. Third-year journalism student, also learning Spanish.

La Liga 17/18 Week 8: Real Betis vs Valencia, Lineups, Preview & Prediction

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