Can Valencia thrive against the league's leakiest defence?
<div><h2>Real Betis vs Valencia</h2><p>Saturday, November 23, at Benito Villamarin</p><p>Valencia won three games on the bounce before the international break and the fans will hope they can quickly regain that momentum. They sit ninth in the table, but it is extremely congested and they are just five points behind league leaders Barcelona. Valencia’s form has been strong under new boss Albert Celades, as their only defeat since September came after forward Rodrigo was sent off against Osasuna. They are a hard tackling team, but if they can keep 11 men on the pitch they should get a result against struggling Real Betis.</p><h2>Team News</h2><p>Betis fans were able to look forward to the new season with a degree of optimism after their club signed Nabil Fekir and Borja Iglesias in the summer. It turns out they should probably have invested in the defence instead, as they have conceded 23 goals in 13 games. That is the joint worst defensive record in the league and they are down in 17<sup>th</sup> place after winning just three of their 13 games thus far. William Carvalho has been out injured, and they have lacked the steel he brings to the midfield, but they do boast plenty of intriguing attacking options, including Cristian Tello and the veteran Joaquin.</p><p><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=168&a=4417b7df-a48f-47f3-9b45-f79858bc083a&f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="https://images-production-euw2-753931602578.s3.amazonaws.com/5d582dcf927b95968483da5f/original-10-bet-new-customer-welcome-bonus" style="width:100%" /></a></p><p>A few key Valencia players went down with injuries before the international break, including striker Rodrigo, midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia and centre-back Mouctar Diakhaby. None of those injuries looked particularly serious, but they could require late fitness tests. Jose Gaya has returned to the starting 11 after a long-term injury, while Dani Parejo has been in fine form, but Goncalo Guedes, Denis Cheryshev and Carlos Soler are out.</p><h2>Betting Analysis</h2><p>Real Betis have been poor at the back this season and that does not augur well for the visit of a dynamic Valencia team boasting players like Parejo and Maxi Gomez. They have the ability to hurt the visitors when they pour forward, but the Betis back three often looks vulnerable on the counter-attack. Valencia picked up a 2-1 win at Benito Villamarin in April, and there is little to suggest that Betis have improved since then, so the visitors should be confident in their ability to clinch victory on Saturday.</p><p><strong>Tip: <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=acd6b93a-905e-45af-90ef-7eb1df661829&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Coral">Valencia draw no bet at 1.95 (19/20) with Coral</a></strong></p></div>