Real Betis Sevilla – Valencia: Gonçalo Guedes Snatches The Points From Betis’ Clutches (1-2)
Quique Setién was full of changes in this fixture, fielding three different formations across the match. Even though it was not enough to secure any points, the performance of his team was respectable enough to have deserved at least something from another intriguing clash between Setién and Marcelino’s sides.
Tactical analysis and match report by Peter M.
Coming into this off the back of their painful 3-2 defeat in the derby of Seville, Setién made four changes to the lineup of Real Betis, although two of those were down to injuries, namely Sergio Canales and William Carvalho. The most notable change, however, was in their shape, as the coach changed it up by using a 4-3-3 formation instead of a back three of some kind.
Hot off the back of their midweek triumph over fellow neighbors Villarreal in the Europa League, Marcelino made a total of five changes. Whilst Guedes and Dani Parejo kept their places in this standard 4-4-2 setup, there were returns to the side for José Gayà and Denis Cheryshev.
Betis setup well to stifle Valencia
Compared to the last time Valencia came to the Estadio Benito Villamarín - in the Copa del Rey - Betis were far more prepared to deal with the away side’s attempts at playing into their attackers.
In a 4-1-4-1 formation, Betis could man-mark Valencia’s second line ahead of the center-backs whilst also having someone who could press from the front and another who could handle the threats of attackers behind the midfield.
From their own box to Valencia’s, Betis defended as a unit expertly but also pressed high . . .