GRANADA v VALENCIA – Spain Primera
February 21 2016, Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes, 16:15 GMT+1
Today we have a match, where bottom league side hosts 12th placed Valencia at Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes. Granda are coming from 3 consecutive losses, two of them on the road against Villareal (1:0) and Real Sociedad (3:0) and a home defeat against Real Madrid (1:2). Looking at home form of the hosts it’s been win-loss since late November, so since then Granada lost 4 and won 4 of 8 matches played. Looking at last 10 matches, only 2 were won, so it’s safe to say, with results like that Granada does not come out as a competitive side.
The visitors surely have high confidence going into this match, with 2 back to back wins against Espanyol (2:1) and Rapid Vienna (6:0). Even though Gary Neville hasn’t had a great start of his coaching career at Valencia, it seem as brighter days are to come. Today “The Bats” have a great chance to make 3 wins in a row against a team that has not performed well this season and will probably be degraded into second league.
I would like to mention a match between these two, that took place in January in Copa del Ray, where Granada lost (4:0). And even though today the “Nazaries” got an advantage of playing at home, the result won’t be much different as it was 1 month ago.
As for missing players, the hosts will be without Biraghi, Marquez and Ibanez, who are all key players.
For Valencia Danilo is doubtful, other that that only Abdennour is the only confirmed missing player.
In conclusion Granda’s latest performances and the absence of 3 key players gives us a clear picture that this match won’t be easy. With Valencia high confidence and Gary Neville seemingly finding the way to improve his team performance I find this match to be in Valencia’s favour .
Prediction: Valencia +0
Odds: 1.81 Pinnacle