Eibar vs Valencia predictions, H2H and match preview for this Thursday’s game in La Liga. Read on for analysis and predicted line-ups as Los Che head to Ipurua.
by Mark Sochon (@marksoc1)
Eibar vs Valencia Preview
The Thursday night action in La Liga kicks off at Ipurua and it’s a big game for both sides. Eibar are in the thick of the relegation scrap and will be bidding to put distance between themselves and the bottom three while Valencia need the points to further their European ambitions.
The pressure is certainly on both sides who are a few more poor results away from really disastrous seasons. It is of course always worth pointing out that Eibar are a tiny club that is punching above their weight even by being at this level and they have set the bar very high in recent years. However they really have fallen short of their own standards for much of this season. They’ve taken 2 points from 3 games since the restart, which isn’t an awful return when you consider they’ve played Real Madrid, Athletic and Getafe but they could do with a win to boost their survival hopes.
Valencia won their first match following the interruption to the season by beating Osasuna 2-0 at Mestalla last time out. They are now 7 points off the top four though and face a battle just to reach the Europa League places which may be their most realistic target now. The pressure is certainly on Albert Celades and it would be no surprise if we were to see a coaching switch at Valencia this summer.
Both sides are likely to line up 4-4-2 but they are very different teams in terms of how they look to play. Eibar press very high and at times leave space in behind while Valencia are still something of a counter-attacking team that is happy to drop deeper and play on the break, particularly when they are away. That makes for an interesting match-up and it’ll be interesting to see who triumphs here.
Eibar vs Valencia Predictions
Score Prediction: 1-1 Draw
It’s really tough to pick a winner here. Eibar played well against Athletic in their first home game back following the restart and were unfortunate not to win the game. A similar level of performance here should at least yield a point against a Valencia side that has a poor average of just 0.86 points per away game this term.
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Eibar vs Valencia H2H
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 1 Valencia Win, 3 Eibar Wins, 2 Draws.
- Valencia were 1-0 winners when the sides met at Mestalla earlier this term.
- Eibar had gone 5 without defeat against Los Che prior to that.
- Valencia have not won on any of their last 4 trips to Ipurua.
Predicted Line Ups
Dmitrovic – Cote, Bigas, Oliveira, Correa – Orellana, Escalante, Exposito, Leon – Charles, Garcia (4-4-2)
Cillessen – Gaya, Gabriel, Guillamon, Wass – Guedes, Kondogbia, Parejo, Torres – Gameiro, Rodrigo (4-4-2)
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