The Bats are hoping to record the first LaLiga win in six matches, but it will not be easy when Los Rojiblancos come to Mestalla. This is my Valencia vs Sevilla Preview.
Valencia Recent Form & Team News
A 2-2 comeback stalemate at Cam Nou gave Valencia a precious point, but it was their fifth draw from the previous seven LaLiga matches. Four of those draws ended 2-2, but the Bats’ recent results have been disappointing. That frequency of draws isn’t shocking at all considering Valencia’s goal difference (21-21). With two 1-1 draws in the last two H2H duels with Sevilla at Mestalla, another seems likely.
Without a LaLiga clean sheet at home turf thus far, the only two times Valencia secured all three points here involved them scoring four goals (W2, D3, L2). On the other hand, the only two times they failed to find the back of the net they lost. However, what may worry Valencia most is the fact they’ve turned a league-high three halftime home victories into full-time stalemates.
Player to watch: Centre-back Mouctar Diakhaby netted the opening goal in Valencia’s 2-2 draw at Barcelona. He also scored the equalizer in a 1-1 draw two home H2H encounters ago.
Javier Gracia will be without Jasper Cillessen (muscle), Kevin Gameiro (thigh), and Hugo Sanmartin (muscle).
Sevilla Recent Form & Team News
With LaLiga victory-rate (50%) that can be bettered by only two clubs, Sevilla still have title aspirations. Still, their average of meager 1.17 goals scored per league game is holding Los Rojiblancos back, and is their joint-lowest following 12 rounds in the last15 years. Subsequently, four of Sevilla’s previous five LL wins were by a 1-0 result.
They visit Mestalla on a promising five-match winning run on the road in all competitions. Impressively, no LaLiga team turned more halftime away stalemates into full-time wins than Sevilla’s three this term. Sevilla should therefore pose a threat after the interval, as seen by the fact 50% of the LL road goals they’ve netter came in the final 15 minutes.
Player to watch: Los Rojiblancos are perhaps struggling in front of the goal, but Lucas Ocampos did score at the weekend – his second match opener this LL season.
Hot stat: Just once in Sevilla’s last 23 games did the home team on the day lead at halftime.
Julen Lopetegui cannot count on Munir El Haddadi (muscle), Sergio Escudero (elbow), and Tomas Vaclik (muscle).
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