In the absence of Piccini, Daniel Wass become the natural selection for the right-back slot, with Jose Gaya starting on the opposite flank. At the heart of the Valencia defence, Gabriel should have former Real Madrid centre-back Ezequiel Garay as his partner, following the Argentines complete recovery from a thigh injury.
They boat leagues second best defensive record at home where they shipped just 8 goals in 15 games, only one of which they lost. Valencia were very tough to break down in recent weeks and Madrid might struggle breaking them down at Mestalla. The Bats kept five successive clean sheets in front of the home fans in La Liga.
This is all about building momentum and Zidane deciding which players deserve to stay next season. Real is on its third coach this season and very little to play for. Real Madrid:Two wins in two games for new coach Zinedine Zidane, who returned last month after the struggles of Santiago Solari. They are out of the Champions League, not in the Copa del Rey final, and in La Liga they can't even dream of winning with Barca so far ahead.
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Courtois, Carvajal, and Vinicius all remain out with injury. Modric and Kroos return to the squad after missing out Saturday. Real Madrid have already released their squad for Wednesdays match in Valencia. Nacho, Llorente, Valverde, and Brahim are all not included on the list either.
Los Beticos booked their place in the semis by beating the likes of Racing Santander, Real Sociedad and Espanyol and the fact that they defeated Atletico Madrid in La Liga at the weekend is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of Thursdays football match. A place in the Copa del Rey final will be at stake when Real Betis and Valencia take on each other in the double-header. A man to watch in the home side will be former Real Madrid man Sergio Canales, who scored the winner against Atletico. Los Beticos are a real force to be reckoned with at home and we predict that they will head into the return leg with a slim advantage. Los Che, on the other hand, did well to overcome the deficit in the tie against Getafe, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in the clash against the Andalusian side.
Valencia:It's been like night and day at the club since early on in the season. Dani Parejo has been the leader and came up with a penalty-kick goal to win at Sevilla last weekend. They just couldn't win, drawing most of their games, and now they are on a hot streak.
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Valencia made a massive step towards the Champions League football in the next season with a 0-1 victory over direct rivals Sevilla on Sunday afternoon at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
Real Betis is known for its rivalry with Sevilla CF. The Sevilla derby is one of the biggest in Spanish football.The most famous nickname of Real Betis is Verdiblancos which literally mean Greenandwhite.
There's a massive La Liga clash on Wednesday when Real Madrid takes on Valencia at Mestalla. Los Blancos are in third place with a record of 18-3-8 and 57 points, while Valencia has overcome a slow start to the season, having gone 16 games unbeaten to move into sixth place with 43 points and a record of 9-15-4.
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The former Barcelona man made his debut for Spain national football team on August 14, 2013 in a 2-0 win over Ecuador and he represented La Roja at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Just over a week ago when Arsenal beat Napoli at the San Paolo, they looked stronger than ever on both fronts, especially domestically where they were favourites to finish in the top four. Arsenal returns to the Emirates to get their focus back on track when they host Valencia for the Europa League semi-final first leg.
Courtesy of back-to-back losses, they now sit sixth, with three points separating them from the top four. If things remain as they are, then Marcelinos men would also need to win the Europa League to qualify for next seasons Champions League. Valencia too are on a bad run of form domestically.Los Che have lost their last two league games in a row, and much similar to Arsenal have slipped out of Champions League places on the La Liga table.
The home defeat against Leganes in the Copa del Rey even when fielding a relatively strong team is to remind Zidane about the vast scale of issues that he has with this team. Real Madrid may have already shifted focus to the cup competitions, but finishing second is of paramount importance to keeping Zidane in the dugout. Real Madrid may have just managed an emphatic victory over Deportivo La Coruna, but the problems at the Santiago Bernabeu are completely not beyond the Los Blancos. Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale are the leading scorers at the club with six goals each.
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Madrids defensive form continues to let down the team badly, and I would choose Valencia to score over 1.5 goals. Marcelinos outfit have scored fewer than 1.5 goals only twice in 2018. Valencia have scored more than 1.5 goals in the last four home matches against Real Madrid.
Not only is the Spanish international a reliable presence in the middle of the park to keep his teammates organised, but is also a dependable figure on set-pieces. Valencia have pulled their weight in the biggest of games this season, which has been largely down to the brilliance of captain Dani Parejo.
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