Valencia vs Deportivo by Jimeno
Valencia didn't manage to get the victory in the season opener, as the team comes from a goalless draw of a from home against Rayo Vallecano last weekend. The game itself, was quite balanced one and players of Valencia didn't show to be any more quality than their hosts. However, the result probably isn't the best possible for the visitors who were between two important Champions League matches against Monaco and surely had those matches in their minds.
Qualifying for champions league group stage was much more important for Valencia than the season opener, as the team took a 3:1 victory in the first leg against Monaco and went there on Tuesday evening in order to defend that lead. Visitors took the lead already in fourth minute via Negredo and even though the French side had much more of the ball possession and chances created, overall impression is that the Spaniards had complete control over the result and the outcome of playoff clash. Raggi equalized in 17th while the remaining of the game was spent in the home team attacks without much success except a winning goal in 75th minute squirted by Elderson. No doubt that's Valencia now comes into this match with improved morale while the team can now solely focus on domestic league duties for some time. Surely that the victory is only target since they are welcoming traditionally week side on the road. Jose Gaya, team captain Dani Parejo and Sofiane Feghouli are all returning to the starting 11 after league bans. Diego Alves and Andre Gomes are remaining injured.
Deportivo La Coruna escaped from relegation in the last minutes of previous season and the targets are remaining similar for the season as well. Of course everyone in the club would like that they can get the salvation much earlier than the last rounds matches. As for the new season they are coming from quite unimpressive performance at home against Real Sociedad last weekend where the team got the point in a goalless game.
They did looked somehow better on the field then their opponents but mostly because the visiting side looks really really poor and very un-fluent in any part of offensive game. The team didn't look that well in the preseason friendly matches neither as they concluded friendly matches with only one victory last five meetings and with only two goals scored in those five matches, mostly against sides that one Primera league club should have won. Visiting coach probably will not to make drastic changes, with Albert Lopo carrying an injury, but still should start. Manuel Pablo, Fabricio and Oriol Riera are all remaining injured.
Valencia did impress against Monaco and now which their biggest task successfully done and behind themselves, the team can only play much more relaxed and with improved morale here. They surely have the quality to overcome Deportivo much easier than the bookmakers expect.