In search of the upset, Alavés host Valencia on Wednesday, January 24, in a round-robin match of the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey of Spain in its 2017/2018 season. The match will be held at the Mendizorrotza stadium, in Vitoria-Gasteiz, starting at 4:00 p.m. (Brasília time).
In the first game in Valencia, the home team won 2-1. In this way, the team will secure the place in the semifinals to win, draw or lose by a goal difference as long as they score two or more goals. For Alavés, a victory for the minimum score is enough. However, if the team is leaked, they will have to take advantage of two or more goals to advance. If the score is repeated, it will lead to a clash for extra time and, if necessary, a penalty shoot-out.
Alavés did not just lose the game in the first leg. Had the young Adrian Dieguez Great expelled. Thus, he will not be able to play in the return match. Must comply with automatic suspension. Their exclusion was decisive. The confrontation was tied and Valencia reached the second goal five minutes after going on to play with one more athlete.
On Sunday, January 21, the club lived similar situation, this time by the Spanish Championship, where it struggles against relegation. Vencia Leganés 2-1 to have Brazilian defender Ely Rodrigo sent off in the 42nd minute of the final stage. Three minutes after his departure he suffered the equalizer goal.
Faced with a direct rival in the fight against the sticking, the tie was enough to keep Alavés out of the relegation zone. With 19 points (six wins, one draw and 13 losses), the team occupy the sixteenth place with three points of advantage in comparison with La Coruña, eighteenth and first in the relegation area.
In Spain, punishments are applied only in the competition where they occurred. Then, Ely Rodrigo (15 games in the 2017/2018 Spanish Championship without a goal) could play on Wednesday. It will only have to comply with the automatic suspension on Sunday, January 28, against Barcelona, in play by LaLiga.
The only doubt of the club for the match against Valencia is striker Burgui (13 games, one goal). A groin injury took the athlete out of his last four games. It will be retested. If approved, it is most likely to be related to the reservation bank.
The current form of Valencia
Valencia also had problems with expulsions in their match for the Spanish Championship. On Saturday, January 20, against Las Palmas, who is in the relegation zone, he had two athletes expelled. Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista (16 games in the LaLiga 2017/2018 season, no goal) and also defender Ruben Vezo (nine games, no goal) took red card. Thus, the club ended up losing by 2 to 1 wasting the chance to reach Atletico Madrid in the tournament’s runner-up. With 40 points (12 wins, four draws and four losses), the team is in third place.
It is quite likely that the two defenders will be scaled on Wednesday from the start, even though they have left the team in hand. After all, coach Marcelino Garcia Toral has two medical problems in the industry. They are in treatment of injury Javier Jimenez Garcia (without performances) and Jeison Murillo (eight games, without goal). In addition to them, Carlos Soler (15 games, one goal) follows in the infirmary.
History of the matches Alaves vs Valencia
Valencia have won six of their last eight games against Alavés. In this relation is the 2 to 1 marked in the second round of the current season of the Spanish Championship in the house of the rival.
With the advantage obtained in the first match, Valencia should close in the defense seeking to ensure the tie and classification. A bad scenario for Alavés, who only scored 16 goals in the Spanish Championship and has the second worst attack of the tournament. In this way, equality is a good option for guessing. Has a price of 3.50 in Bet3t65. Victory of the owners of the house yields 4.00 and successful visitor yields 1.90 per 1. Quotations in force at 14h of 22/1/2018.