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Copa del Rey 2018-19, Real Betis vs Valencia: Match Preview, Team News, Predicted XI 

Varun Nair
ANALYST
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2.39K   //    07 Feb 2019, 08:26 IST

Can Real Betis take one step further into a dream final appearance at their home?
Can Real Betis take one step further into a dream final appearance at their home?

Real Betis is just a step away from playing the Copa del Rey finals at their home turf in Benito Villamarín Stadium as they host Valencia in the first leg of the semi-finals.

Coming off the back of an impressive win over Atletico Madrid in the league, ending their 18-match unbeaten run, Betis will be high on confidence against the Bats today.

The Beticos has conceded just a single goal at home in this seasons Copa del Rey campaign and have tasted just three defeats in the last 18 matches in all competitions.

This is the first appearance for Real Betis in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey since their cup winning campaign in 2005.

Valencia has lost both of their opening leg of matches of their two previous Copa del Rey fixtures but the Bats will be high on confidence after securing an impressive 2-2 draw at the Camp Nou.

Los Che will be making their second consecutive appearance in the Copa del Rey semi-finals.

The first encounter between the sides in this season ended in a stalemate at the Mestalla in September.


Team News

Real Betis


William Carvalho will be a big miss for Beticos
William Carvalho will be a big miss for Beticos
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Defender Marc Bartra and midfielder Cristian Tello are doubtful for the fixture while midfielder William Carvalho is definitely out for Quique Setién.

Valencia

Marcelino has added new signing Ruben Sobrino to the starting lineup and is likely to make his first appearance for the Los Che today.

Goncalo Guedes and Mouctar Diakhaby are two other names that will be missing from the lineup after the former is out injured while the latter is serving a suspension following his red card in the previous round.


Probable Lineup

Real Betis (3-5-2): Lopez; Mandi, Feddel, Sidnei; Firpo, Lo Celso, Guardado, Kaptoum, Barragan; Jese, Moron

Valencia (4-4-2): Neto; Piccini, Garay, Gabriel, Lato; Wass, Parejo, Coequlin, Cheryshev, Rodrigo, Santi Mina

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