Valencia vs Alaves predictions and match preview for Friday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for the head-to-head, team news, predicted lineups and fantasy football picks as Los Che aim to keep up their bright start to the new season.
|Date||Friday 27th August 2021|
|Kick-Off||22:15 (local time)|
Valencia vs Alaves Preview
A fortnight on from a dramatic opening to the new season in Spain, we’re back at Mestalla on a Friday night with Alaves the visitors this time out. It’s a big game for both clubs with Valencia bidding to go top of LaLiga and make it a start of 7 points from 3 games for Jose Bordalas. There’s pressure on Javier Calleja’s Alaves to avoid defeat though as a third straight loss to start the season would already set the alarm bells ringing for one of the pre-season favourites for the drop.
Valencia’s opening game against Getafe was a predictably bad-tempered, bruising affair but the result was always going to be the most important thing and already it feels as though Jose Bordalas has lift-off at Mestalla with the fans that used to jeer him, mostly on board. They picked up a decent point at Granada last time out and while they’ve not had the toughest set of opening fixtures, Bordalas will be able to reflect on a really good start if his side can get the job done here.
The new Valencia boss hasn’t exactly been heavily backed in the transfer market with two loan arrivals the only new additions until Marcos Andre’s arrival from Real Valladolid this week. However the early signs are certainly positive for the success of the limited summer recruitment they’ve done. Centre-back Omar Alderete and fellow loanee Giorgi Mamardashvili have started both games and done well with the new boss looking to find some solutions to the defensive issues that have regularly cropped up in recent years.
As for Alaves, it’s two home games and two home defeats so far. They’ve not been helped by stricter Covid-19 restrictions in the Basque Country than in other regions of Spain meaning there have been under 5,000 in attendance at both games. They wouldn’t have expected much from their opener against Real Madrid but a 1-0 defeat to newly promoted Mallorca last time out was a major setback.
Ruben Duarte’s red card made things tough for Calleja’s men and they ultimately succumbed to a late goal from Fer Nino. That, and rumblings of discontent behind the scenes with forward Lucas Perez agreeing to terminate his contract, are worrying signs for Alaves and we may well see them make changes here with 19 year old Manchester United loanee Facundo Pellistri among those hoping for a start.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 2 Valencia Wins, 1 Alaves Win, 3 Draws.
- All of the last 3 meetings have ended level.
- All of the last 12 meetings have seen both teams score.
- Valencia have won 5 of the last 6 meetings at Mestalla.
Hugo Guillamón is available following a ban for Valencia but may not come back in. It could be an unchanged team with Giorgi Mamardashvili set to keep his place in goal again.
Rubén Duarte is banned for the visitors after his red card last weekend.
Predicted Valencia Starting Lineup:
Mamardashvili – Gaya, Alderete, Gabriel, Correia – Cheryshev, Wass, Racic, Soler – Guedes, Gomez (4-4-2)
Predicted Alaves Starting Lineup:
Pacheco – Lopez, Lejeune, Laguardia, Ximo – Pina, Pons – Rioja, Manu Garcia, Edgar – Joselu (4-2-3-1)
Valencia vs Alaves Predictions
Score Prediction: Valencia 2-0 Alaves
This has the feel of a game that will go the way of the hosts. Valencia have made a reasonably bright start under Bordalas and played quite well at Granada weekend. It might not take much more than that level of performance to see off an Alaves side that hasn’t got into their stride yet.
Fantasy Football Picks
- Sorare – Carlos Soler