Valencia vs. Espanyol Preview: Stronger Valencia Welcomes Arch Rival Espanyol

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Updated: January 23, 2014
Valencia-Pizzi

Inspired by the “Pizzi effect” and Eduardo Vargas’ entry, expect Valencia to dominate and leave no scoring opportunities for Espanyol in their upcoming match. 

Match Date: 25 January 2014 (local time)

Venue: Estadio Mestalla

Team Form

Valencia

It seemed that the major changes happening in Valencia triggered a positive reaction from the players and the rest of the club members. Los Che is back on track and the ambition to qualify for the European competition becomes more plausible.

 

Several days after the holidays, the club entered a new era under the tutelage of Juan Antonio Pizzi and immediately, the improvements became more visible. Ball possessions and conversions increased and most importantly, there is the Levante victory to brag about.

 

The changes can be attributed to Pizzi’s more aggressive and straight-forward approach. The club’s new head honcho showed directions and were keen on taking every possible approach. Pizzi ensured that his authority is readily acknowledged. But he also ensures that every player understands the reason behind every move.

 

Generating another positive atmosphere in Mestalla is the signing of Napoli striker, Eduardo Vargas, who is expected to add more depth and attacking options to the squad. Moreover, as speculations of having a takeover revives the club’s  new hope as the club has pressing debt issues to address.

 

Espanyol

A defeat from Real Madrid may have dampened Espanyol’s campaign in Copa del Rey, but they immediately reacted via securing a victory over Celta Vigo in the top-flight league. The club looks forward to another triumph as they face one of their fiercest rivals, Valencia, in the next match.

 

Espanyol’s current form is on equal footing with Valencia. Both have three (3) losses, two (2) wins and a draw, However, the momentum resides with their opponents since the result of Valencia’s last three (3) matches were much better than theirs. Moreover, the arrival of their new striker should alert them as they face the possibility of being thrashed.

 

Online betting’s top pick:  Valencia

Valencia’s nine (9) out of ten (10) home victories against Espanyol, combined with the positive changes they experience almost assure them of an easy win.

 

 

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