Valencia vs Gijon by Jimeno
Valencia couldn't do much in their 3:0 defeat on Sunday evening when the side visited Atletico Madrid and were restricted to quite a passive behaviour. It was obvious that the players of Atletico looked as much more mature side on the field and had more concrete chances, as they took the lead in tenth minute already with a goal from Griezmann.
They were quite satisfied with the result and left the ball possession more to the visiting side, while they sealed the victory with two more goals in the repetition - in 48th minute via Gameiro and in 83rd via Griezmann later on. After this defeat the team remained in the second part of the table with ten points more than relegation worried sides and surely want to continue their home winning streak (three matches as of now).
Forward Rodrigo Moreno (15/4) is injured, while midfielder Enzo Perez (20/0) sits out this one due suspension. Winger Nani is doubtful for this one, but could be starting from the bench.
Sporting Gijon, on the other side, comes from fourth negative result, as the team suffered narrow 1:0 defeat in front of own fans against Deportivo La Coruna last Sunday evening. Visitors were way more concrete side, especially in the first halftime when they even missed a penalty kick, but managed to take the lead in first minute of additional time via Mosquera.
Home team tried to respond and had a bit more of the ball possession in the second halftime, but simply what they did in offense wasn't enough to get the goal scored or to do something more meaningful in the match. This way they continued with poor results previously losing to Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, but taking only a point in a home game against Celga. Gijon is now second fro the bottom, having already seven points less than safely placed Deportivo. Away from home are having 1-3-9 record and would be a miracle to see them with a positive result here.
Visitors will be missing defender Fernando Amorebieta (22/0) and forward Borja Viguera (15/1), whilie offensive midfielder Moi Gomez remains doubtful for this one and his participation is not very likely.
- Valencia are undefeated in 9 of their last 10 matches against Sporting Gijon.
Valencia is far away from their good form, but the team plays solid in recent home matches, having three victories as said and I definitely see them getting a three pointer here. Easier than what the odds suggest as the match might come as a decisive won in order to remove themselves completely away from the relegation battle.