Is there a worse time for a football match than 9.30pm on a Monday night? If so, I can't think of one right now. I won't get home till past midnight, it's going to be cold, and I've got to get up for work at 6.30am. Thanks for nothing, LFP.
On top of that, I never have time to write properly during the day, so let's keep this short and sweet: this is a very important game for Betis. In the past three weeks they've taken just one league point from a possible nine, have been knocked out of the cup, and have looked generally tired and ragged. So to say they could do with a win is something of an understatement. Valladolid are a solid mid-table side, but an on-song Betis backed by their home crowd should normally have too much for them. Pepe Mel's men have been anything but "on-song" lately, but can they find some spark from somewhere tonight? That's the big question.
With Cañas suspended and Rubén Castro out injured, the front six is likely to comprise Rubén Pérez, Nono, Beñat, Pabón, Molina, Campbell - of whom at least a couple are badly out of form, Pabón has hardly played all year and Campbell must surely be feeling the effects of sitting in an aeroplane for 40 hours last week. We'll just have to hope that something clicks. Form is temporary, class is permanent - isn't that what they say? Fingers crossed.