Valencia vs Sevilla by Jimeno
Valencia finally improved during previous weeks, could be said when it was needed the most since the team escaped from relegation troubles and are now completely safe regarding their status. They have three consecutive victories now in LaLiga, coming from 1:3 victory away from home against Granada last weekend.
Zaza scored two goals inside the first halftime, in 19th and 21st minute, while Mina scored third in 55th minute, with the home team only reducing the deficit in 65th minute via Ponce. Overall, players of Valencia looked way better and took the three pointer deservedly. They are now at 12th position at the standings, having seventeen points more than relegating worried sides but also far away from European positions.
Left back Jose Gaya is doubtful for this one, but with Toni Lato ready to replace him if needed again. Injured remains forward Rodrigo Moreno (15/4). Their attack should be led with three forwards, Mina, Zaza and Haddadi.
After six consecutive matches without a victory, Sevilla finally bounced back with much better performance last weekend, celebrating 4:2 victory in front of own fans against Deportivo La Coruna. First halftime was very open one with five goals scored, while the hosts dominated in the second.
Sevilla took the lead already in first via Jovetic, but Kakuta leveled up in fourth minute, just to see Sarabia taking the hosts into the lead in ninth minute again, but Kakuta equalizing again in 25th minute. From then on, hosts looked more and more concrete with the visitors staying without enough energy - two more goals for Sevilla were seen, in 32nd via Correa and 88th via Ben Yedder. The team is now just a point behind Atletico Madrid and must win here in order to keep chances of direct promotion to Champions League.
Visitors should be lined up in typical 4-4-2 formation with Jovetic and Correa as strikers. Vitolo returns from suspension, but banned for this one remains defensive midfielder Matias Kranevitter (17/0). Central defender Adil Rami (7/0) is still injured, same as offensive midfielder Samir Nasri (21/2). Left back Benoit Tremoulinas and midfielder Michael Krohn-Dehli are long term absentees without performing.
- Valencia have scored at least 2 goals in their last 5 home matches against Sevilla.
- Valencia have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 4 home matches against Sevilla.
Valencia have won last three LaLiga matches and are now aiming for a victory against very reputable side. Sevilla looked well as well last weekend, especially in attack and I don't see many reasons for this game to be a defensive minded one. On contrary, three goals seems like such an easy choice here.