Alaves vs Valencia by Jimeno
Alaves didn't find a way to match up Betis away from home last weekend since the team has suffered 2:0 defeat, without having much chances to walk away with something on the field. Players of Betis had much more of the ball possession and were simply better as much as it was needed in order to get all three points without much of problems.
Betis took the lead in thirteenth minute via Sanabria and probably deserved second too, as the visitors were very passive, while they played more openly in the second halftime but conceded second goal in 75th minute as an own one and had no power to reply back again. The side still stands as second from the bottom with three points for now, a 1-0-8 record and just three goals scored so far. They however come from a victory in Copa del Rey during the midweek, when they won on the road against Getafe narrowly 1:0.
Hosts should be lined up in 3-5-2 formation with Bojan and Haddadi as forwards. Central defender Victor Laguardia didn't perform this season and remains long term absentee, while also injured is left back Hector Hernandez (1/0).
Valencia welcomed one of the most difficult opponents in LaLiga last weekend, but the side looked complete confident and managed to get impressive 4:0 victory over Sevilla last Saturday afternoon. It was quite an open game where the visitors also had their chances, but the players of Valencia had better chances, more of it and most importantly, were much more concrete with the chances created.
They took the lead in 43rd minute via Guedes, while the second halftime completely belonged to them, scoring three more goals, in 51st minute via Zaza, in 85th via Mina and during the additional time Guedes scored his second. They continued being second at the table still undefeated with six victories and three draws, having four points less than leaders from Barcelona and four more than out of Champions League reach Leganes. Valencia also played in Copa del Rey last Tuesday night, winning on the road against Zaragoza with 2:0 result and two late goals (from Rodrigo and Parejo).
Guests should be playing in 4-4-2 formation with Zaza and Moreno as strikers for this one. Defender Javi Jimenez remains long term absentee with a knee problem without performing in the new season, while central midfielder Daniel Parejo (9/1) misses out due suspension.
- Alaves have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 3 matches against Valencia.
- Valencia have won their last 5 matches (La Liga).
Alaves now has a more experienced coach and did get a victory in Copa del Rey match last Tuesday, however they still doesn't look that confident nor like a real LaLiga squad. Valencia is in a perfect form, especially when speaking about their attack and the hosts have very little weapons match them in attack. Guests can easily take convincing victory, easier than what the odds say.