Valencia vs Sevilla by Isaiah
Valencia got excluded from the Copa del Rey competition couple of weeks ago when they got beaten by Espanyol, so the team had few extra days in order to prepare for this very important match. Both teams are aiming the fourth position at Champions League ticket, with Sevilla being one point above Valencia for now.
Last weekend they had quite a tough game against Almeria at home, but still managed to survive and get a 3:2 victory with the last goal being scored by Negredo seven minutes before the full time whistle. However, it has to be said that the victory was fully deserved, with guests being more than lucky to score two goals out of rare chances they made for the whole ninety minutes. Offensive midfielder Pablo Piatti (16/3) is the only man missing through injury for the home side, while central defender Nicolas Otamendi is expected to recover from a knock to play from the first minute in this one. Alvaro Negredo is expected to start up front, with wide support provided by Andre Gomes and Rodrigo in a 4-3-3 offensive formation.
Sevilla comes from a bit surprising 3:1 defeat away to Espanyol in the Copa del Rey game few days ago, but at least the team has every chance to overcome the deficit in the returning leg in next weeks. Caicedo opened the scoreline for hosts in 18th minute, while Garcia and Lucas netted two more in the last twenty minutes of the game.
Visitors were lucky to reduce the deficit via Bacca in first minute of additional time. Generally, Sevilla looked like a strong team with much more of the ball possession, but lacked creativity in order to fully confront much more effective players of Espanyol. As for Primera, Sevilla comes into this game from three consecutive victories, also being undefeated since 22th November when they visited Barcelona. Even though title race is unrealistic dream for them, they are fourth with every chance to keep the position and play Champions League next season. Defensive midfielder Stephane Mbia (19/2) is at African Cup of Nations, while the visitors also miss other midfielder, Sebastian Cristoforo. Finally, left full back Benoit Tremoulinas (12/0) is sidelined with injury.
Open game is expected here between sides which are in more than a good form at this moment. Valencia is slight favorites, but nowhere to be trusted as Sevilla has plenty of quality upfront as well and might be deadly for the hosts here. First betting option goes with over goals, while both teams should score with much problems, maybe even after the first halftime.