La Liga Match Preview: Valencia vs. Granada

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Updated: February 20, 2014
Valencia

Match Date: 23 February 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Estadio Mestalla

 

Valencia

Valencia shipped a fifth consecutive league week without a defeat as they held Sevilla in a goalless draw. Despite being reduced to 10 men when captain Ricardo Costa was sent to the bench 10 minutes into the hour for picking up two bookings, the side were still able to deny their opponents of claiming all three points. Juan Antonio Pizzi’s men were impressive in the first half, with a strong defense and expert goalkeeping preventing Sevilla from scoring. In the second half, however, when the squad lost Costa, things went a little shaky but they were still able to pull off a stunning stalemate.

 

Los Che are level on points with Sevilla who are both eight points behind the top six. Out of 24 fixtures, Valencia won nine times, drew five times, and lost 10 times.

 

Granada

Piti’s goal was crucial to finally put an end to their ugly form, scoring against local rivals Real Betis on a one-gole clean sheet in La Liga. This eased the side’s dilemma on plummeting into the table’s lower reaches, while it consequently took a toll on the Betis side who remain as the league’s bottom occupants. Granada are now in the table’s top dozen.

 

Granada started the match 10 points above their rivals but only one place clear of the relegation spots following a 1-0 beating by Espanyol in the match prior. Granada were quite unproductive during the fixture’s first few minutes when Yacine Brahimi, Youssef El Arabi, and Fran Rico struggled to overcome Antonio Adan’s excellent goalkeeping. In the 31st minute, however, Granada obtained the decisive goal as Piti finished after a long ball forward by Tiago Ilori.

 

Football betting tip: Based on form alone, Valencia will certainly up dominating over Granada. The hosts were also very successful in the sides’ past four meetings, winning all of them.

 

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