Sevilla vs Valencia by Jimeno
Sevilla was losing their match against Deportivo La Coruna for the most of the time and the things didn't look that bright, but the team still managed to walk away with all three points in their hands, thanks to great ending of the match. Hosts took the lead already in first minute via Babel, while Andone doubled up their lead in 42nd, but Sevilla reduced via N'Zonzi just before the halftime.
It was pretty much everything that the players of Deportivo managed to do during the match, defending almost completely in the repetition, while Sevilla dominated and finally deserved the victory with two goals in last six minutes of the match, scored by Vitolo and Mercado. After this victory, Sevilla reached third position in La Liga, having only two points less than second placed Barcelona, but also two more than fourth Villarreal. During the midweek, the team lost to Juventus in Champions League 1:3 and will need to stay undefeated in the sixth round away to Lyon now in order to progress further.
Sevilla should be playing in 3-4-3 formation with Vitolo, Vazquez and Vietto as strikers. Benoit Tremoulinas and Michael Krohn-Dehli are continuing to be long term absentees, while injured is also offensive midfielder/forward Samir Nasri (8/2). This means Vicente Iborra or Ganso partner up with Steven N'Zonzi in midfield.
Valencia, on the other side, comes from a pretty disappointing draw 1:1 at home against Granada last weekend. Once again, the team failed to show anything close to their full potential, even though they looked more dominant on the field than their opponents, the team failed to get a victory for fourth consecutive match in a row.
Visitors from Granada took the lead during additional time in the first halftime via Carcela-Gonzalez a bit against the flow of the game, while the hosts entered the match even more determined to revert the scoreline but only managed to level up the score two minutes into the second halftime via Nani. Valencia is now only at sixteenth position at the table, having two points more than red zone placed Gijon and being in a must win position for a long time now.
Valencia is set to be lined up in 4-2-3-1 formation with Rodrigo as central striker, plus Cancelo, Parejo and Nani as offensive midfielders. Their coach Cesare Prandelli isn't expected to make many changes, despite their draw last time out. Only injured player should remain offensive midfielder Fede Cartabia (2/0).
- Sevilla have won 8 of their last 10 home matches against Valencia.
Sevilla is doing fine in home matches and knowing what we saw from both teams till now in the season, I see only one winner here. Sevilla's defense wasn't up to their task recently, but Valencia seems to be even worse and should be able to exploit much anything here.