Betis have done a pretty solid job in the La Liga so far in the season and have also been great in the Copa del Rey. They have managed to reach the semi-finals of the competition and will now play host to Valencia on Thursday for the first leg. Valencia have been just as good in the league but have struggled to get results on the road lately.
Date/Time: 2-7-2019, 15:00 EST
Spread: Betis +0.0
Total: 2.25 Goals
Betis are coming into this match after a really nice and slim 0-1 home win against Atletico Madrid. They have been in really solid form lately, losing just once in their last six matches in all competitions (2-1-3) but keeping just a single clean sheet. In the previous round of the competition they played for a 1-1 draw on the road against Espanyol. In the other match at home they were down by 1-0 but pulled even late to send the match to extra time, where they scored two more goals to win by 1-3. Betis have been in really solid shape lately, losing just one of their last six matches in all competitions (2-1-3). They have also been great at home so far with just three losses in all competitions.
On the other hand, Valencia almost pulled a massive upset in their last match, on the road against Barcelona. Valencia took an early two-goal lead in the first half but were eventually equalized and settled for a single point from that match. They have been in great form over the past month, losing just once in seven matches in all competitions in that span (4-1-2). In the previous round of the Copa del Rey they were up against Getafe and after a 0-1 loss on the road in the first leg, they found themselves down by 1-0 early in the match. But they scored three goals in the second half and managed to progress to the semi-finals. Oddly enough, Valencia lost just one of their first nine away matches in the season but have won just one of their last eight since then (1-5-2).
The two teams played for a goal-less draw in Valencia earlier in the season in a league match, while Betis have been excellent as hosts in the past decade (4-1-1). Betis have been really solid at home so far in the season, while Valencia have struggled on the road lately.
Valencia can maybe get a valuable draw here and that is why I will take Betis to cover the spread on this one. They have been really good at home and know that failing to get a win here would very much complicate things.
Copa del Rey Betis vs Valencia Prediction: Betis +0.0 (-120)