Following a poor run of form in La Liga, Valencia will be looking to end a five-game winless run when they play host to Real Betis on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the visitors are unbeaten in four matches across all competitions, and they will be seeking a victory that will move them into the top four.
Gennaro Gattuso’s tenure began with two defeats in three matches, but Valencia seemed to have adapted to his possession-based style when they collected 10 points from their next five games.
Unfortunately for the Valencia head coach, his side have endured a slump in form, and they are winless in five matches, with their most recent game ending in a 1-1 draw against Real Sociedad despite playing over 70 minutes with a one-man advantage.
Although they are experiencing a poor run of results, Gattuso’s side will be confident of finding the net against Real Betis after scoring in nine of their last 10 matches.
Real Betis are enjoying another season under Manuel Pellegrini, who has already led his side into the last 16 of the Europa League, while their league form has also been impressive.
Los Verdiblancos lost just one of their last six league matches after playing out a 1-1 draw against local rivals Sevilla in Sunday’s derby tie.
A Jesus Navas own goal gave Real Betis the lead after Sevilla’s Gonzalo Montiel had been sent off, and they did their utmost to hold on to claim all three points, but Nemanja Gudeji’s 81st-minute equaliser ensured that Pellegrini’s side had to settle for a point.
While Betis have only recorded two victories in their last six away league matches this season, they have won their last two away games against Valencia in La Liga, and they could head into the World Cup break in the top four with a win here.
Valencia vs Real Betis head to head
These two teams have previously met on 53 occasions across two competitions, where Valencia have claimed 27 victories while Betis have won 15, and they have drawn in 11. Betis have scored 59 goals and conceded 84. In their last five meetings, Betis have won four while they have drawn once.
Valnecia 0-2 Real Betis 03/10/20
Real Betis 2-2 Valencia 18/04/21
Real Betis 4-1 Valencia 27/10/21
Real Betis (P)1-1 Valencia 23/04/22
Valencia 0-3 Real Betis 10/05/22
Valencia latest home form
Valencia have recently failed to keep a good run of form at home, having won just two of their six most recent matches. They were beaten 1-0 by Barcelona in their last home game in the league. In their last five matches, they have scored 11 goals and conceded six.
Valencia 5-1 Getafe 04/09/22
Valencia 3-0 Celta Vigo 17/09/22
Valencia 2-2 Elche 15/10/22
Valencia 1-2 Mallorca 22/10/22
Valencia 0-1 Barcelona 29/10/22
Valencia latest away form
Valencia have recently been on a relatively good run of form on the road, having been unbeaten in their four most recent matches. They drew 1-1 with Real Sociedad in their last away game in the league. In their last five matches, they have scored seven goals and also conceded seven.
Rayo Vallecano 2-1 Valencia 10/09/22
Espanyol 2-2 Valencia 02/10/22
Osasuna 1-2 Valencia 07/10/22
Sevilla 1-1 Valencia 18/10/22
Real Sociedad 1-1 Valencia 06/11/22
Real Betis latest home form
Real Betis have recently been on a good run of form at home, having lost just one of their 14 most recent matches. They played out a 1-1 draw with Sevilla in their last home game in the league. In their last five matches, they have scored nine goals and conceded five.
Real Betis 1-1 Roma 13/10/22
Real Betis 3-1 Almeria 16/10/22
Real Betis 1-2 Atletico Madrid 23/10/22
Real Betis 3-0 HJK 03/11/22
Real Betis 1-1 Sevilla 06/11/22
Real Betis latest away form
Real Betis have recently been on a good run of form on the road, having been unbeaten in their five most recent matches. They defeated Real Sociedad 2-0 in their last away game in the league. In their last five matches, they have scored five goals and conceded just one.
Roma 1-2 Real Betis 06/10/22
Real Valladolid 0-0 Real Betis 09/10/22
Cadiz 0-0 Real Betis 19/10/22
Ludogorets 0-1 Real Betis 27/10/22
Real Sociedad 0-2 Real Betis 30/10/22
Jaume Domenech, Ilaix Moriba and Mouctar Diakhaby are all ruled out for Valencia due to injury, while Edinson Cavani is a doubt.
After being forced off in the first half against Real Sociedad, Gabriel Paulista is also expected to be sidelined, and he could be replaced in the starting lineup by Cenk Ozkacar.
Real Betis news
Real Betis are without the services of Juanmi, Joaquin, Victor Camarasa and Luiz Felipe due to injury issues, but Rodri Sanchez could replace Ruibal.
Borja Iglesias and Nabil Fekir will both miss out through suspension, which could result in Luiz Henrique and Willian Jose being handed spots in the starting lineup.
Prediction and Odds
Although Real Betis have won just two away matches in La Liga this season, they are currently unbeaten in their previous five away matches across all competitions.
With Valencia failing to find a good run if form at the moment, we can see the visitors coming away with a victory.
Odds: 1 2.89 X 2.05 2 2.21
Valencia 0-1 Real Betis
Valencia 0-2 Real Betis
Valencia 1-2 Real Betis
Valencia 2-3 Real Betis
Valencia 2-2 Real Betis