Real Betis vs Valencia Predictions & Match Preview

Real Betis vs Valencia

Real Betis vs Valencia predictions and match preview for Saturday’s Copa del Rey Final. Read on for analysis, the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as the two sides target silverware in Seville.

DateSaturday 23rd April 2022
Kick-Off22:00 (local time)
CompetitionCopa del Rey

Real Betis vs Valencia Preview

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Seville hosts this year’s edition of the Copa Del Rey final as Real Betis take on Valencia at the Estadio de la Cartuja. Los Verdiblancos will take a break from one of their most successful league campaigns in recent times in which they are fighting for a Champions League spot and will use this opportunity to aim to lift silverware in their own city, whilst Valencia will hope to win this trophy to have something to celebrate after an underwhelming league season. 

Betis fielded a surprisingly strong line-up in midweek as they hosted relegation battlers Elche. Sergio Canales, Juanmi and Nabil Fekir all started but they failed to break down Elche’s defence before a slick team move finished off by Tete Morente allowed Elche to take all three points. 

Manuel Pellegrini’s side made this season’s final after a campaign that started in the first round and included impressive wins against Real Sociedad and city rivals Sevilla before an extraordinary semi-final win against Rayo Vallecano sealed their place in the final. 

Los Verdiblancos have reached the Copa Del Rey final on four occasions, with their last final coming in 2005 when hometown hero Dani netted an extra time strike to seal the title against Osasuna. Betis also lifted the trophy in 1977 when they defeated Athletic Club in a penalty shootout. Both of these victories took place at the Vicente Calderon stadium. 

Valencia fielded a weakened side against Villarreal in their midweek league game. It was a match in which Villarreal were dominant and never seemed threatened and a first half brace from Arnaut Danjuma was ultimately enough to give Unai Emery’s side the victory. Jose Bordalas’ side currently sit tenth in LaLiga with nothing to play for, so a win in this match would be a huge boost for their fans. 

Los Che’s cup campaign also started in the first round, yet the club did not play a first division side until they dispatched Cadiz in the quarter-finals before defeating the runners up in the last two editions of the competition, Athletic Club, in the semi-finals. 

Valencia have won the Copa Del Rey an impressive eight times, with their last win coming in the 2018-19 season when a side then managed by Marcelino put in an incredible counter attacking display to surprise Barcelona and lift the trophy in Betis’ stadium, the Benito Villamarin. 

Head to Head

  • Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 3 Real Betis Wins, 2 Valencia Wins, 1 Draw.
  • Betis won this season’s LaLiga fixture between the two 4-1 in late October.
  • Valencia have not beaten Betis since April 2020.
  • Valencia met Betis in the semi-finals of the 2018-19 season in which Los Che advanced 3-2 on aggregate before winning the trophy.

Team News

Victor Camarasa and Martin Montoya will miss out for Betis due to long-term injury problems. They have no fresh problems though heading into this.

An almost entirely different Valencia team to what started in their loss to Villarreal should be expected here. Dimitri Foulquier will be back after missing that game through suspension whilst Maxi Gomez, Gabriel Paulista and Toni Lato are all in a race against time to be fit for this match.

Real Betis vs Valencia Predictions

Score Prediction: Betis 2-1 Valencia

Despite the gap between the two in LaLiga, Valencia will aim to be at their best here due to the magnitude of this Final which should result in this game being a whole lot closer than the previous meeting between the two this season. However, the quality of Betis coupled with the experience of manager Manuel Pellegrini should be enough to edge this tie in favour of Los Verdiblancos and allow them to pick up their third Copa Del Rey trophy.

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James has been a big fan of LaLiga for many years having been attracted by the culture and competitiveness of the league. He has a passion for writing about Spanish football, culture and travel.

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