Leganes vs Real Valladolid predictions, H2H and match preview for this Saturday’s game in La Liga. Read on for analysis and predicted line-ups ahead of this crunch game at the bottom of the table.
by Mark Sochon (@marksoc1)
Leganes vs Real Valladolid Preview
There’s a crunch game at the bottom end of La Liga on Saturday evening as Leganes and Real Valladolid face off in a relegation six-pointer. Getting a good start is going to be vital for all teams as they look to build momentum again after such a long break. That’s particularly true of Leganes who already have quite a large mountain to climb if they are going to stay up.
Already in trouble, they sold Youssef En-Nesyri to Sevilla in January and then were controversially on the wrong end of a league ruling which allowed Barcelona to bring in Martin Braithwaite as an emergency signing the following month. Lega were left with virtually no reliable forward options in their squad but to their credit they’ve kept going and found a way to remain competitive under Javier Aguirre. They’ve only lost 2 of their last 7 league games and picked up a much needed victory at Villarreal last time out.
Leganes may be the lowest scoring team in the league but Real Valladolid have only managed two more goals themselves. They’ve had another solid campaign with Sergio continuing to do a fine job at the Jose Zorrilla. The break did perhaps come at a good time for Real Valladolid though with 3 defeats in their final 4 matches and a crushing 4-1 home defeat to Athletic Club being their most recent result.
They rarely find themselves on the end of such scorelines with Real Valladolid actually boasting the best defensive record in the bottom half. They are highly unlikely to veer much from their usual approach here with 4-4-2 their go-to formation with Toni Villa and Oscar Plano likely to provide their main creative threat in the wide positions.
Leganes meanwhile have been dealing with their striker shortage by using Real Madrid loanee Oscar Rodriguez as a makeshift forward and may continue with that approach here, or at least utilise the youngster in a support striker role behind Guido Carrillo.
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Leganes vs Real Valladolid Predictions
Score Prediction: 1-1 Draw
There’s not much to choose between these sides in truth. Both are well coached and well organised but a bit short on match-winners in the final third. Don’t be surprised if this one fizzles out into a draw, a result which would suit Real Valladolid more than Leganes.
Leganes vs Real Valladolid Betting Tips (18+)
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Leganes vs Real Valladolid H2H
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 5 Leganes Wins, 1 Draw.
- The sides drew 2-2 in Valladolid earlier this season.
- Prior to that Leganes had reeled off 5 straight wins against Real Valladolid.
- They’ve won all of the previous 4 meetings at Butarque to nil.
Predicted Line Ups
Cuellar – Silva, Siovas, Awaziem, Rosales – Mesa, Perez – Kevin, Oscar, Assale – Carrillo (4-2-3-1)
Real Valladolid Team:
Masip – Nacho, Salisu, Olivas, Moyano – Villa, Joaquin, Alcaraz, Plano – Unal, Guardiola (4-4-2)
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