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Valencia will face off against visiting opponents Alaves at Estadio de Mestalla in the La Liga match on Saturday.
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Valencia won’t want a repeat of their last result here following the 3-1 La Liga losing effort in their last game against Osasuna.
In that game, Valencia had 56% possession and 9 shots on goal with 4 on target. The only player to score for Valencia was Kévin Gameiro (30'). For their opponents, CA Osasuna had 17 shots at goal with 8 of them on target. Javi Martínez (13'), Jonathan Calleri (32') and Roberto Torres (67') scored for Osasuna.
It’s not been often in recent games that Valencia have kept a clean sheet. In fact, Los Che have been scored against in 6 of their previous 6 games, letting in 11 goals during that time.
Their previous form shows that Valencia:
- have not lost a league tie with Alaves in their previous 4 games.
- have not won against Alaves in their last 2 league matches.
- are unbeaten in their last 7 league matches at home.
Alaves will come into the match after a 2-1 La Liga win over Villarreal in their previous match.
In that game, Alaves managed 33% possession and 9 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target. For Alaves, the goalscorers were Joselu (17') and Edgar Méndez (80'). Villarreal CF got 10 shots on goal with 5 on target. Paco Alcácer (50') was the scorer for Villarreal.
Abelardo Fernández's Alaves have seen their efforts on goal rewarded a total of 5 times throughout their most recent 6 matches. The total of goals that they have conceded during those same matches comes to 6.
Their past results show that Alaves:
- haven't won against Valencia when they have played them away from home in the previous 7 league matches. Not the best of away records.
- are without an away win for the past 10 matches in the league. Their travelling support will be needed here, for sure.
Head to head
An examination of their most recent head-to-head meetings dating back to 17/03/2018 shows us that Valencia have won 3 of these games and Alaves 1, with the number of drawn games being 2.
An aggregate of 20 goals were scored between the two sides during those clashes, with 12 of them for Los Che and 8 belonging to Babazorros. The average goals per game has been 3.33.
The previous league clash between these clubs was La Liga match day 10 on 22/11/2020 and the score finished Alaves 2-2 Valencia.
In that game, Alaves managed 34% possession and 13 shots on goal with 3 on target. The goals were scored by Ximo Navarro (2') and Lucas Pérez (16').
At the other end, Valencia got 13 shots on goal with 5 of them on target. Manu Vallejo (72') and Guillamón (77') scored.
The referee was Santiago Jaime Latre.
Team News: Valencia
Regarding absentees, there’s just the sole fitness concern for the Valencia manager Javi Gracia to be concerned about from of an almost fully healthy group. Jasper Cillessen (Knee Injury) will miss out. Maxi Gómez will not be able to play in this game through being suspended.
Team News: Alaves
Due to a fully healthy squad to choose from, Alaves manager Abelardo Fernández has zero fitness concerns to speak of ahead of this game.
We believe that Alaves will need things to go their way to register a score against this Valencia team who we think will likely just have the edge.
We’re therefore expecting a narrow 1-0 winning score for Valencia when the full-time whistle blows.
Will be interesting to see how this one goes.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estadio de Mestalla (55,000)
Captain: José Gayà
Chairman: Anil Murthy
Manager: Javi Gracia
Competitions: La Liga position 14
⭐ Key Player: Manu Vallejo
Regularly deployed in the Left Wing position, Manu Vallejo was born in Chiclana de la Frontera, Spain. Having made his senior debut playing for Cádiz in the 2017 - 2018 season, the accomplished Forward has struck 5 league goals in the LaLiga 2020 - 2021 season to date in a total of 25 appearances.