Trying to resume his good start of the season, Valencia will receive on Tuesday, January 9, Las Palmas in a match that is worth a place in the quarterfinals of the King’s Cup Spain 2017/2018 edition. Scheduled to start at 18:30 (Brasília time), the game will be held at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia.
In the first leg, there was a tie by 1 to 1. Thus, the winner will continue in the competition for the cup. A goalless draw goes to Valencia. Equality for two or more goals qualifies the visiting team. Repetition of the marker causes an extension of 30 minutes and, if need be, decision by penalties.
Valencia’s recent performance
After a devastating start of the season in which he got to fight for the leadership of the Spanish Championship with Barcelona, Valencia fell from production. However, he was able to take advantage of the Christmas and New Year holidays to try to get back on top.
In addition to the draw against Las Palmas, Valencia beat Sevilla on 6 January, also at the Mestalla stadium, Girona, 2-1. It managed to follow in this way in the third position of LaLiga with 37 points (11 victories , four draws and three losses). In addition, it increased its advantage in comparison with Real Madrid, fourth placed, who were in the tie by 2 to 2 with Celta. More than that, the two good results in 2018 ended a three-game losing streak in four games at the end of 2017.
With the possibility of having the advantage of the goalless draw, Valencia may try to impose the ‘Mestalla factor’ with greater tranquility. The team is the second best manager of the Spanish Championship with 23 points (seven wins, two draws and one defeat) accumulated in their dominions of the 30 played.
His attack ran 21 times at home. It is only surpassed in this question by the powerful Barcelona, who scored 29 goals in Camp Nou. Thus, coach Marcelino Garcia Toral has reasons for optimism, although he has to wait for the position of the medical department to know if he can count on three athletes who are in injury treatment. They are the defenders Javier Jimenez (without performances in the Spanish Championship 2017/2018) and Jeison Murilo (eight games, without a goal); and midfielder Carlos Sole (15 games, one goal).
The current form of Las Palmas
Las Palmas finished the year low, just like Valencia. But he was not able to reverse that trend in early 2018. After a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the Round of 16 of the King’s Cup, he was beaten by Eibar again at home by 2 to 1 on Saturday, January 6 .
With this, it follows in the twenty (last) position of LaLiga. He has 11 points (three wins, two draws and 13 losses). They are five fewer than La Coruna, who is seventeenth and is the first team outside the relegation zone.
This makes the participation in the King’s Cup need to be evaluated. With a poor cast in number and quality, the team certainly has no way to divide between two competitions and, of course, staying in the First Division should be considered a priority.
Even because winning away from home has not been very common for Las Palmas. In the Spanish Championship, the team won only one of nine matches played as a visitor.
To try to reverse the situation, the team has practically all the available cast to face Valencia. The only question is in relation to Brazilian defender Michel (15 matches in the 2017/2018 Spanish Championship, no goal), who is injured and depends on taking new exams to see if he can play.
History of the matches Valencia vs Las Palmas
There were 12 matches involving the teams throughout history. Valencia won six of them. The successes of Las Palmas were three, even number of equalities.
Although he has promoted a great renewal in the list, which included the reduction of the number of players and reduction of salaries, Valencia is the best option to guess in the game of the King’s Cup on Tuesday. Has a price of 1.40 in Rivalo . Draw shows return of 4.80 and visitor success paid 7.50 for 1.