In what has previously been a high scoring encounter, Valencia swing by Alavés Friday evening in the first La Liga match of the weekend. The former at least ended their otherwise miserable February on a high last weekend. Goals from Kevin Gameiro and Captain Dani Parejo settled a thrilling match against Betis. The 2-1 victory may only prove to be a temporary relief for Los Che as they prepare for the match this weekend.
No one disputes that Albert Celades’ side has looked the real deal on their own turf. In stark contrast, Valencia has been atrocious on their travels, resembling a team battling relegation as opposed to chasing a top-four spot. Their last three away La Liga matches were lost by an aggregate score of 10-1. That makes it seven defeats in 12 away outings.
Hope is last that leaves Alaves
Alaves will be hopeful they can dish out further punishment here, as the home side look more and more likely to evade a potential relegation scrap this season. The confidence gained from their probable safety has been reflected in recent performances. They have just one defeat in their last five, while they notched consecutive 2-1 home victories against Eibar and Athletic Bilbao in February.
Asier Garitano’s men sit comfortably in 13th place with a nine-point cushion over the bottom three. We expect them to play with a great deal of freedom relative to their opponents, who are under pressure to make the top four. Alaves have been solid throughout the campaign on home soil with six wins, four draws and just three defeats posted at Mendizorroza. It is, therefore, no surprise to find them installed as marginal favourites for this Matchday 27 clash. Especially with Los Che in such poor shape on the road.
Valencia has not only lost their last three on the road, but they have also been beaten comfortably in each outing. Losing by a three-goal margin against Mallorca (4-1), Getafe (3-0) and Real Sociedad (3-0). With Los Che toiling so badly on their travels, we’re backing Alaves to prevail this Friday evening. We suspect the visitors might also have one eye on their forthcoming Champions League encounter against Atalanta.
Alaves have conceded in their last six at Mendizorroza. While the visitors have netted in nine of their last 11 away games. Despite their awful travelling record. With those stats in mind, and with a head-to-head which reads that their previous seven encounters saw both teams scoring. An entertaining match seems on the cards.