Valencia vs Real Valladolid Match Preview & Predictions

Valencia vs Real Valladolid

Valencia vs Real Valladolid predictions and match preview for Sunday’s LaLiga match. Read on for the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups ahead of this key game at the bottom of the table.

Date Sunday 9th May 2021
Kick-Off 16:15 (local time)
Stadium Mestalla
Competition LaLiga

Valencia vs Real Valladolid Preview


Valencia stadium

Real Valladolid’s quest for top flight survival continues this weekend with a trip to Mestalla. It’s also the first game of the latest interim spell for Voro at Valencia following the sacking of Javi Gracia earlier this week.

From very early on this season, Gracia publicly made it clear that he felt as though promises had not been kept by this board. The club failed to make a permanent signing under his tenure and while they’ve arguably still underperformed given the talent at their disposal, few could have been surprised when his reign finally ended following the defeat to Barcelona last week.

That was actually Valencia’s first home defeat of 2021. Their home form had been enough to ensure they avoided being fully sucked into the relegation scrap. With a 6 point advantage on the bottom 3 with only 4 games to play, they shouldn’t be in any real danger from here but defeat in this game could yet lead to a very nervy conclusion to the season for Los Che and their followers.

Real Valladolid will feel as though they can suck their opponents back into the picture with three points which would offer a massive boost to their own survival prospects. Sergio’s side are hovering just above the drop-zone heading into this weekend but they do have a tough set of remaining fixtures.

They’ve also seemingly forgotten how to win football matches. Since victory over Getafe in early March, they’ve gone 8 without a win in LaLiga, although 6 of those games did end all square, including all of their last 4. They did come from behind to grab points in the latter stages of 3 of their last 4 outings, which suggests there is still belief in their camp. However draws alone may not be enough to keep them in this league and they surely are going to have to win at least one of their remaining fixtures if they are going to beat the drop.

Head to Head

  • Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 3 Valencia Wins, 3 Draws.
  • Valencia have won 3 of the last 4 meetings.
  • They won 1-0 earlier in the season in Valladolid.
  • Real Valladolid haven’t beaten Valencia home or away since a 2-1 win at Mestalla in 2009.

Team News

Jose Gaya is Valencia’s main doubt but otherwise Voro should have a fully fit squad to choose from.

Raul Garcia and Fabian Orellana are out injured for the visitors.

Predicted Valencia Starting Lineup:

Cillessen – Gaya, Guillamon, Gabriel, Correia – Cheryshev, Soler, Racic, Wass – Gomez, Guedes (4-4-2)

Predicted Real Valladolid Starting Lineup:

Masip – Olaza, Yamiq, Fernandez, Janko – Plano, Alcaraz, Mesa, Jota – Sousa, Weissman (4-4-2)

Valencia vs Real Valladolid Prediction: 1-1 Draw

With Real Valladolid drawing every week right now and Valencia probably content enough to maintain their current advantage on the relegation scrap, a draw does look the most likely outcome here. Voro normally gets a decent reaction and has a good record as interim boss but this is arguably the weakest group of players he has had to work with and we shouldn’t expect any sudden fireworks from Valencia.

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