After being overcome by Atletico Madrid in the fight for the vice-leadership of the Spanish Championship 2017/2018 edition, Valencia looks for the reaction this Saturday, 23 of December. For the seventeenth round of the competition will receive Villarreal. Scheduled to start at 13:15 (Brasilia time), the game will be held at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia.
Valencia’s recent performance
After a surprising start to the season that allowed Valencia to even threaten Barcelona in the fight for the first position, the team showed a drop in yield over the last three days. There were two defeats and one victory.
This not only allowed the Catalan team to open up a better lead in LaLiga’s lead but also lost Valencia to second place. When beaten by Eibar, 2-1 on the previous day, was overtaken by Atletico Madrid and came to occupy third place with 34 points (ten wins, four draws and two losses) accumulated in 16 days.
The drop in productivity, however, did not affect home performance. At the Mestalla Stadium, Valencia are unbeaten. Of the 24 points he played, he won 20 (six wins and two draws). In this question is only surpassed by Barça, who won two more points in the same number of games.
To preserve this situation, coach Marcelino Garcia will have to manage three likely defensive losses. Ezequiel Garay (ten matches in the Spanish 2017/2018 Championship, no goal), Javier Jimenez Garcia (no performances) and Jeison Murillo (eight matches, no goal) are in the injury recovery process.
The current form of Villarreal
The last rounds were also not very favorable to Villarreal. Of the six most recent matches, the team won only two and lost four times. However, in the sixteenth round, it had a positive result. In Vigo, they defeated Celta 1-0.
It was enough to keep the club in the zone of classification for European tournaments at the end of the day. With 24 points (seven wins, three draws and six losses), he was in sixth place before the start of the seventeenth.
Coach Javier Calleja also has his share of concussion worries for Saturday’s match. Of his cast, the goalkeeper Andres Fernandes (two performances in the 2017/2018 version of the Spanish Championship) are handed over to the medical department; and attackers Nicola Sansone (nine games, three goals) and Leonardo Suárez (one game, no goal).
History of the matches Valencia vs Villarreal
The visitors got the better of the duels between the teams in the previous season of the Spanish Championship. In Villarreal, Valencia scored 2 – 0. Submarino Amarelo gave the visitors a 3 – 1 lead.
Although they have suffered two defeats in the last three games, Valencia showed a much greater consistency in their performance pattern throughout the season. Villarreal, on the contrary, oscillated a lot and ended up suffering unexpected defeats.
Part of the responsibility for this situation of the “Yellow Submarine” can be placed in a lean team that had to be divided in the dispute of the Europa League, where Villarreal managed to rank first in the key to the knockout stages.
Without needing to enter the continental tournament until February, the fans’ expectation is that Villarreal can deliver better results in La Liga. Although this is indeed a likely scenario, Valencia’s good home campaign still indicates the team’s guess for Saturday’s match. The price is 1.90 in Rivalo. Draw pays 3.70 and successful visitor yields 3.80 for 1.