The first semi-final match of this season’s Copa del Rey competition saw Real Madrid played a 1-1 draw with Barcelona at Camp Nou on Wednesday, so, there is still much to play when both sides meet at Santiago Bernabeu in the reverse fixture in two weeks time.
Thursday (today) will witness another Copa del Rey semi-final tie as Real Betis welcome Valencia to Estadio Benito Villamarin.
Both teams recorded positive results in the Spanish League last weekend and they hope to continue in their inspiring form later tonight.
Valencia came from a goal down to record an unexpected 2-2 draw against Barcelona last Saturday, while, Real Betis did the unthinkable as they narrowly and shockingly defeated second-placed Atletico Madrid 1-0 at home.
The Verdiblancos (Real Betis) are set to miss two of their players Marc Barta and William Carvalho due to injury.
Both players are likely to sit out of tonight’s game after failing to pass their respective late fitness test.
As for Valencia, Quique Setien will be without the services of his influential winger Goncalo Guedes as result of the injury he picked up against Barcelona last weekend.
The manager will also miss the services of Defender Mouctar Diakhaby who was red carded in the quarter final round of the competition.
Real Betis are stronger at home than on away ground, hence, they have a very huge chances of defeating Valencia later in the day.
Having won nine and lost only three from 18 home matches this term, their fans will expect nothing short of victory against their La Liga counterparts who have been less impressive on the road.
Contrary to their upcoming opponents, Valencia have been worst on the road all through the season. Marcelino Garcia’s side have recorded just four away victories in all competitions this season.
Their home wins have brought them this far in the competition as they were defeated on the road in the round-16 and quarterfinals round but managed to scape through.
Considering Valencia’s poor run of results away from home, the bookmakers have priced them at 11/5 (3.20) to win the contest.
They equally priced them at 11/5 (3.20) to play a goalless draw later tonight.
Finally, Bet365 placed Under 2.5 goals at 3/4 (1.75), hence, it is important you think twice before betting. It is also important you gamble wisely.