Sevilla vs Real Valladolid match preview and predictions for Saturday’s LaLiga match. Read on for the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as the visitors look to keep their impressive form going in a tough fixture.
- DATE: Saturday 19th December 2020
- KICK-OFF: 21:00 (local time)
- VENUE: Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan
- COMPETITION: LaLiga
Sevilla vs Real Valladolid Preview
The late game on Saturday in LaLiga comes from the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan and it sees Sevilla play host to what feels like a resurgent Real Valladolid. This could be an awkward fixture for Julen Lopetegui’s side although they have been in good form of late with four wins from their last five league fixtures.
They’ve won three straight matches in three different competitions, all away from home since losing to Real Madrid. The most significant win was a 1-0 triumph at Getafe in LaLiga last weekend. It was far from a vintage display from the Andalusians, who didn’t even manage to record a shot on target and won courtesy of an own goal from Xabier Etxeita.
Sevilla’s ability to win ugly shouldn’t necessarily be seen as a bad thing though. There is a tenacity to them that was perhaps lacking in the seasons prior to Lopetegui’s arrival although doubts remains as to whether they have quite enough to make that jump to the next level where they might be in a position to compete for this league title, with the lack of a genuine top quality striker again their most obvious flaw.
Real Valladolid meanwhile suddenly have a few options up front. Marcos de Sousa has chipped in with three goals in recent weeks while summer signing Shon Weissman formally announced his arrival in the Spanish game with a brace in the 3-2 win over Osasuna last time out. That will do his confidence levels the world of good and the duo should lead the line again for the visitors here, with Sergi Guardiola relegated to the role of substitute.
It’s 3 wins from 5 games for the visitors now. They are only one place off the relegation zone heading into the weekend but are only 3 points off 9th place and a few good results over the festive period could easily propel them into the top half of the table.
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Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 4 Sevilla Wins, 2 Draws.
- Sevilla have won 4 of the last 5 meetings.
- The exception was a 1-1 draw at the RSP in June.
- Real Valladolid have actually avoided defeat on 3 of their last 5 visits, last winning here in 2012.
Jesus Navas is an injury doubt for the hosts but if he makes it, Sevilla ought to be able to field their strongest XI.
Saidy Janko and Kike Olivas are out for the visitors who aren’t likely to change much from the side that won last time out.
Predicted Sevilla Starting Lineup:
Bono – Acuna, Carlos, Kounde, Navas – Rakitic, Fernando, Jordan – Ocampos, En-Nesyri, Suso (4-3-3)
Predicted Real Valladolid Starting Lineup:
Masip – Nacho, Gonzalez, Fernandez, Hervias – Plano, Mesa, Alcaraz, Orellana – Weissman, Sousa (4-4-2)
Sevilla vs Real Valladolid Predictions
Score Prediction: Sevilla 2-1 Real Valladolid
This could be a real test for Sevilla with Real Valladolid suddenly looking like they have a goal or two in them. However the visitors have lost 4 out of 6 on their travels so far this term in LaLiga and Sevilla’s extra quality and greater array of options off the bench should tilt this game in their favour.
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