Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Estadio Benito Villamarin will be packed when Real Betis and Valencia go head to head in the La Liga round 8 on Sunday evening. Los Beticos failed to win the previous four games in all competitions and they face yet another tough task against los Che. Experienced Portugal midfielder William Carvalho is widely expected to return to the starting XI after coming as a substitute in a 1-1 draw with Granada in midweek, while all Marc Bartra, Willian Jose, Luiz Henrique, Youssouf Sabaly, and Nabil Fekir are out of contention with injuries.
Valencia, on the other hand, aim to recover from a 1-0 loss to Real Sociedad, but beating Betis in Sevilla is easier said than done. Taking everything into account, we believe that punters from all around the globe can find value in betting on draw. Selim Amallah serves a one-game ban, while all Sergi Canos, Alberto Mari, and Dimitri Foulquier remain in the treatment room.
Highlighted Player (Willian José):
Well-travelled Brazilian international Willian Jose was born in Porto Calvo and made his first football steps at a local Clube de Regatas. It was at the age of 17 that he was snapped by Gremio Barueri where he made 26 league appearances and scored six goal in his first – and only – senior season at the club.
In 2011, Willian Jose moved to Deportivo Maldonado but his five-year stint with the Uruguay outfit was marked by no less than seven different loan spells, one of which was to La Liga heavyweights Real Madrid. Standing at 186cm tall, Willian Jose is a notable presence in the box. This powerful centre forward will use his physicality to hold up ball and bring his teammates into play.
The Brazilian international did well to make a name for himself in Spain by playing for Zaragoza and Las Palmas, respectively, before he sealed a permanent move to Real Sociedad in 2016. A member of both FIFA U-20 World Cup and South American Youth Championship winning sides with Brazil in 2011, Willian Jose has not been given a chance to prove his worth at the senior level with Selecao.
Highlighted Team (Valencia):
Founded on March 18, 1919, Valencia FC are a Spanish football club that compete in La Liga. Los Che play their home games at Estadio de Mestalla, the stadium which was opened back in May, 1923. The capacity of the venue is 50,000. Seeing that bats are quite common in Valencia, it is no surprise they are nicknamed the Bats.
Valencia made it to the Champions League final on two occasions (2000, 2001), but they were beaten in the title games by Real Madrid and Bayern Munchen respectively. The Spanish club, though, did well to win the UEFA Cup title in the 2003/2004 season, with the team beating Marseille in the final of the competition.
A number of top-class footballers were part of the club in the past, with the likes of Pablo Aimar, Ruben Baraja, David Albelda, Santiago Canizares, John Carew and Gaizka Mendieta all playing for the Estadio de Mestalla outfit. Valencia main colors are white and black, whilst they often where orange jerseys and shorts when playing on the travels.