Betis vs Valencia by Jimeno
There is no doubt that Betis has started really well into the new season as the team currently stands at sixth position with just three points less than second placed Sevilla, but also have performed really well and attractive at times, but also played experienced and smart when needed, for example when they took a victory away to Real Madrid few weeks earlier.
Their three victories run (Deportivo, Real Madrid and Levante) came to an end two weekends ago, when the side visited Real Sociedad and took a point in a 4:4 game that is probably the most entertaining LaLiga game so far in the new season. Overall, it was completely deserved outcome for both sides, but somehow they might feel a bit unhappy since the team was leading 1:0 (goal from Sanabria), but then also reverted to 3:2 (Feddal and Joaqin) and again, had 4:3 lead with a goal from Leon in 84th minute but got equalized just two minutes later. They have all three victories in front of own fans and are surely hoping to get another one despite the fact that they away more in-form side till now.
Betis continues to miss midfielder Ryad Boudebouz (2/0) and Javi Garcia (7/0) due injuries. Forward Joel Campbell (no performance so far) is doubtful coming from injury, same as talented defender Firpo Junior who anyway isn't their first choice and is yet to make a debut this season.
It's fair to say that Valencia is also enjoying pretty good start in the season, as the team stands at the third position for now, having just a point less than Sevilla on the second position and are one of three yet to be defeated sides. With four victories and three draws they are surely happy with the start, but additional boost represents the fact that they have recorded three victories in a row.
They demolished Malaga 5:0, won bit more difficult away to Real Sociedad 3:2, but defeated Atheltic Bilbao with the same 3:2 score in front of own fans before the international break. It was yet another interesting game that weekend and must be said, players of Valencia were lucky at the moments against Bilbao that looked somehow superior on the field, but the hosts also used their chances much better than the opponent. They had the double goals lead in the first halftime, via Zaza and Parejo, but the guests reduced in 59th via Aduriz. Just when the guests attacked to level up the score, Valencia scored third in 66th minute via Rodrigo, with Bilbao reducing again in 76th with a goal from Garcia, but without being able to find the equalizer in the end.
Forward Fabian Orellana is doubtful due ilness, but anyway didn't perform so far, while questionable are also defender Javier Jimenez Garcia and defender Ruben Vezo (2/0), with a leg injury.
These two teams are probably most pleasant surprises early in LaLiga and neither of them will want to slip down the table after such start. Valencia was a bit luckier than they should in previous two matches, but I see this one being even more difficult for them. Betis seems strong at home and are closer to get the three pointer in my eyes, even though the draw can't be excluded.