Valencia vs Sevilla predictions and match preview for Wednesday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for expert analysis, the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as Julen Lopetegui’s team travel to Mestalla.
|Wednesday 19th January 2022
|21:30 (local time)
Valencia vs Sevilla Preview
Sevilla travel to Mestalla this Wednesday to take on Valencia in a mouth-watering affair between two of Spain’s most historic clubs. The Andalusians hope to close the gap on recently crowned Spanish Super Cup winners Real Madrid to just two points at the top of LaLiga with their sixth win in seven games since the loss to Los Blancos in late November.
Valencia, on the contrary, aim to keep any slim hopes of finishing the season in a Champions League spot alive against one of the division’s most in form sides. Jose Bordalas’ side will also look to put a cluster of unconvincing results behind them, including a lacklustre display against minnows Atletico Baleares in the Copa Del Rey this past weekend and a heavy loss at the Santiago Bernabeu on Matchday 20.
The club had a flying start to the season but have failed to keep up the performance levels since early September. A lack of talent in front of goal is barely an issue for Los Che who have scored twenty goals in their last ten matches, but issues at the back have caused the side to concede fourteen goals in the same time period. Valencia have failed to use their rowdy home atmosphere to their advantage with only two wins at Mestalla since Matchday 3.
Julen Lopetegui’s side come into this match after a disappointing cup exit at the hands of fierce city rivals Real Betis, a fixture which kicked off in a packed Benito Villamarin on Saturday night and ended behind closed doors on Sunday afternoon. That was due to Juan Jordan being hit on the back of the head with what seemed to be a flagpole by a Betis fan after Nabil Fekir’s equalising goal late in the First Half.
As previously mentioned, Sevilla have not lost in La Liga since a harsh loss at the hands of Real Madrid in late November. Since then, the Andalusians haven’t exactly set the world alight with their style of football although they have been bringing in the most important aspect of the game (results), taking 16 of the last 18 points available whilst only conceding a total of two goals and scoring seven. Lopetegui’s men have been hit and miss when it comes to away form, with five wins, three draws and two losses.
Argentinian compatriots Lucas Ocampos and Marcos Acuna will look to continue their fine form, whilst it would not be a shock to see Marko Dmitrovic return in goal with Yassine Bounou plying his trade at the African Cup of Nations and youngster Alfonso Pastor failing to impress in the Seville derby last weekend.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 5 Sevilla Wins, 1 Draw.
- Sevilla beat Valencia 3-1 in the reverse meeting earlier this season.
- They’ve not dropped points against Valencia since a 1-1 draw at Mestalla in October 2019.
- Valencia’s last home win over Sevilla came via a 4-0 margin in October 2017.
Unsurprisingly, both teams will look to display their strongest possible teams for a match of this magnitude. Valencia will be without defender Gabriel Paulista and Carlos Soler through injury. Maxi Gomez, Helder Costa and Daniel Wass could make an impact after being recently cleared of Covid-19, with the latter being linked with a move to Spanish champions Atletico Madrid.
Sevilla will be without Moroccan stars Munir El-Haddadi, Youssef En-Nesyri and goalkeeper Yassine Bounou as they are away on international duty and Karim Rekik is a doubt after a knock at the weekend, though may be back for this fixture. Erik Lamela, Suso and Jesus Navas remain out as they have done for a majority of the season.
Valencia vs Sevilla Predictions
Score Prediction: Valencia 0-1 Sevilla
Although the reverse fixture earlier in the season brought a comfortable win for Sevilla, we expect this to be a tough match for both sides, with physicality and concentration at the back key in order for either team to achieve a result. We back Diego Carlos and Jules Kounde to offer defensive solidity as usually is the case and Marko Dmitrovic will have a point to prove between the sticks. Lucas Ocampos may be the difference maker as he has been so many times as of late for the Andalusians, offering both extraordinary defensive work rate on top of attacking prowess.
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