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Spanish Primera BBVA

Mestalla (ATT 39,000) 22nd April 2012 - Kick off 20:30 Ref: C Muniz Fernandez

Valencia Valencia vs Real Betis Real Betis

Valencia 4

Jonas (6)
S Feghouli (63)
R Soldado (87)
P Piatti (88)


Real Betis 0

J Dorado (S/O 57)
J Molina (S/O 90)

Valencia v Real Betis preview

After Europa League defeat Valencia will be looking to get back on track with a success over Real Betis.

Last Updated: 21/04/12 12:38pm

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Valencia: Hoping to get back on track

Valencia: Hoping to get back on track

Valencia cannot be distracted by their European commitments when they take on Real Betis, club president Manuel Llorente has warned.

Sky Bet Odds

Valencia - 8/13, Draw - 14/5, Real Betis - 9/2 Bet now

Los Che go into the game having somewhat got away with a woeful defensive display against fellow Primera Division side Atletico Madrid in Thursday's Europa League semi-final first leg.

Stoppage-time goals in each half rescued a 4-2 scoreline which, with the benefit of that away double, they will harbour hopes of overturning at the Mestalla next week.

Before that, though, they face a Betis team making a late-season push for a place in the competition next term and Llorente insists they must be on their mettle.

"Against Betis, which is as important as a final, the team will have to play at 200%," he told AS.

"The only solution is that the team must be strong and play as they have shown that they can. We can and must do that."

Betis coach Pepe Mel insists Europe is secondary in his thoughts, to be considered only once the notional threat of relegation is banished once and for all.

Betis have climbed up to 12th in the standings on the back of a six-match unbeaten run, and they are now just four points off the top six and 11 clear of the relegation zone.

"We can talk about Europe but if we lose in Valencia, we will be saying we have a little more to do to achieve the goal of staying up," he told his club's official website.

"Beating Valencia would make it mathematically certain that we will stay in the Primera. This is the club's main objective.

"Winning would also leave us looking upwards, looking back would be pointless.

"We are ambitious but we have to go step by step. To speak of Europe, we first have to be sure of survival."

Mel will have defender Paulao available despite a niggling knee injury, though midfielders Benat and Iriney are also suffering with knee problems.

Valencia welcome back Antonio Barragan after a European suspension sidelined him against Atletico.

Best Bet: Handicap Betting - Valencia (-1) - 6/4

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Barcelona 33 81
2 Real Madrid 33 79
3 Atletico Madrid 33 72
4 Sevilla 33 66
5 Valencia 32 65
6 Villarreal 33 53
7 Malaga 33 47
8 Athletic Bilbao 33 46
9 Celta Vigo 33 42
10 Espanyol 33 42
11 Rayo Vallecano 33 41
12 Real Sociedad 33 39
13 Getafe 33 36
14 Elche 33 34
15 Levante 33 32
16 Eibar 33 31
17 Almeria 33 31
18 Deportivo La Coruna 33 29
19 Granada 32 25
20 Cordoba 33 20