Eibar vs Valencia predictions, H2H and match preview for this Saturday’s game in La Liga. Read on for analysis and predicted line-ups as the Basques try to improve on some solid home form.
DATE/TIME – Saturday 15th December 2018, 20:45 (Spanish Time)
STADIUM – Ipurua
COMPETITION – La Liga
This Saturday’s clash between Eibar and Valencia is a significant one for both sides but particularly Valencia who just need to find a run of results from somewhere to kick-start their season. They beat Manchester United in midweek but in a game that didn’t really matter in truth and this is a more significant outing for Marcelino’s men, who are starting to receive some real flack from their own fans.
They avoided what would have been a very damaging defeat at home to Sevilla last weekend with a late goal but they are still 10 points off the Andalusians, their most likely rivals for the 4th place that Valencia made with some ease last term. Their problems are largely in the final third where only Santi Mina has really found any form but even he has been guilty of some bad misses. The likes of Rodrigo Moreno and Goncalo Guedes have been way short of their best while new arrivals such as Kevin Gameiro have made virtually no impact so far.
Eibar are a point better off and they come into this game following a dramatic match against Levante last weekend. They spurned a 4-2 lead to draw 4-4 at Ipurua and the Basque minnows will be wondering quite how they failed to win it having created enough chances to win three football matches never mind one. They should find Valencia a tougher side to break down but will take confidence from the number of problems they are causing teams at Ipurua this term.
Both sides should line up 4-4-2 but they use the system in a different way. Eibar place greater priority on getting the ball wide and getting crosses into the box. Valencia meanwhile are more of a ball-playing team and will be hoping the pace they possess can unsettle this Eibar back-line.
Eibar vs Valencia Predictions
Score Prediction: 2-0 Eibar
Eibar had the better of the games against Valencia last season and with Los Che having regressed considerably since then, it’s hard to see this trip to Ipurua going any better. Eibar have greater battling qualities which could see them win the midfield scrap while their forward players are showing much more confidence and composure in front of goal so this could be another dark day for Marcelino’s men.
Eibar vs Valencia H2H
- Last 6 meetings: 3 Eibar Wins, 1 Valencia Win, 2 Draws.
- Eibar have taken 10 points from the last 4 league meetings.
- Eibar have won their last 2 at home to Los Che.
- Valencia’s only league win here came in their first visit, in December 2014.
One to Watch – Charles
¡¡PARTIDO DE LOCOS!!
Eibar vs Levante
⚽ 8′ Enrich 1-0
⚽ 9′ Morales 1-1
⚽ 25′ Rober 1-2
⚽ 57′ Escalante 2-2
⚽ 60′ Charles 3-2
⚽ 65′ Charles 4-2
⚽ 75′ Toño 4-3
⚽ 92′ Mayoral 4-4
— Liga Santander ?? (@Espana_Goleador) December 9, 2018
Charles bagged a brace for Eibar last weekend and should be a handful for a Valencia side that has a few defensive selection issues.
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Predicted Line Ups
Riesgo – Cote, Oliveira, Ramis, Pena – Cucurella, Escalante, Jordan, Orellana – Charles, Enrich (4-4-2)
Neto – Gaya, Garay, Diakhaby, Wass – Soler, Parejo, Coquelin, Cheryshev – Rodrigo, Santi Mina (4-4-2)