Real Valladolid vs Valencia match preview and predictions for Sunday’s LaLiga match. Read on for the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as Los Che travel to the Jose Zorrilla.
- DATE: Sunday 10th January 2021
- KICK-OFF: 21:00 (local time)
- STADIUM: Jose Zorrilla
- COMPETITION: LaLiga
Real Valladolid vs Valencia Preview
The Sunday action in LaLiga concludes at the Jose Zorrilla for a game between two bottom six teams. It may be too soon to call this a relegation six-pointer but given the extensive problems at Valencia right now, we aren’t too far off that stage as far as Los Che are concerned.
Real Valladolid will be hoping to pile on the misery for Javi Gracia. The hosts aren’t exactly flying themselves but there has been a noticeable improvement, at least in terms of their results, over the past couple of months.
Sergio’s side have only lost 2 of their last 11 games in all competitions. When you consider those defeats came against Barcleona and Atletico Madrid, this has to be seen as a really decent run of form that they are in. Crucially they’ve put in two more solid defensive displays heading into this one too, with their last two league games resulting in a 0-0 draw at Cadiz and a 1-0 win at Getafe. They hadn’t kept a single clean sheet all season in LaLiga prior to that.
Valencia meanwhile are winless in 8 league games since Carlos Soler’s penalty blitz saw off Real Madrid at Mestalla. The likes of Alaves, Eibar and Cadiz have all held them to draws since and that inability to see off bottom half opposition is thrusting them towards what could be a genuine relegation battle.
What will happen this month at Mestalla is anyone’s guess. The board really could do with providing some funds to add a bit of quality to this squad but whether Javi Gracia will still be in charge come February is questionable. There has been talk of further big money bids for some of their star players, something Peter Lim and co may struggle to turn down.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 2 Valencia Wins, 4 Draws.
- Valencia are unbeaten in their last 10 games against Real Valladolid.
- Not since a 2-1 defeat at Mestalla in 2009 have they lost to this opposition.
- Valencia have taken 7 points from the last 3 meetings.
Forward Marcos Andre is out until March which is a big blow for Real Valladolid as he was starting to deliver the goods. Fabian Orellana and Raúl García are also injury doubts here.
Goncalo Guedes is suspended for Valencia. Kevin Gameiro and Gabriel Paulista are also significant injury absentees.
Predicted Real Valladolid Starting Lineup:
Masip – Nacho, El Yamiq, Bruno, Hervias – Plano, Mesa, Alcaraz, Orellana – Guardiola, Weissman (4-4-2)
Predicted Valencia Starting Lineup:
Jaume – Gaya, Diakhaby, Guillamon, Correia – Cheryshev, Wass, Soler, Musah – Kang-In, Gomez (4-4-2)
Real Valladolid vs Valencia Predictions
Score Prediction: Real Valladolid 1-1 Valencia
Even allowing for the difficult circumstances Gracia is operating in, Valencia still have sufficient quality that they ought to be able to avoid a relegation scrap. They have shown a bit of fight at times but don’t really play with the kind of conviction that suggests they are going to win games such as this and a draw looks the most likely outcome.
Real Valladolid vs Valencia Betting Tips (18+)
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