After a thriller of a first-leg semi-final between Real Betis and Valencia in the Copa del Rey, all eyes were on the second leg to decide who would face Barcelona in the final in May. Betis had everything to fight for, with the final being played at their home stadium, the Benito Villamarín. Valencia, who hosted Betis, have not lost a game at home since the start of the 2019. With only a goal to separate the two at the final whistle, our tactical analysis closely examines this fixture and seeks to accurately interpret the statistics.


Kévin Gameiro turned the previous leg around for Valencia, coming off the bench and equalising against Betis. Hence, Marcelino chose him to start in this leg alongside Rodrigo Moreno as the front two of a 4-4-2. He also picked Portuguese international Gonçalo Guedes ahead of Denis Cheryshev at left midfield. At the back, Facundo Roncaglia filled in alongside Gabriel Paulista with Ezequiel Garay out with a muscle injury.

Copa del Rey Valencia Real Betis Tactical Analysis Statistics
Visual representations of both teams’ average positions reflecting their shape. Valencia’s 4-4-2 controlled the centre and attacked from wide. Betis’ 3-1-4-2 became a 3-4-3 at times with the forwards working defensively to keep it compact.

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