Valencia will look to end a run of seven games without a win in La Liga when they play host to surprise package Cadiz on Monday at 8pm.
Los Che are in dire straits this season, with former Watford manager Javi Gracia overseeing just three wins from the club’s 16 La Liga matches. By contrast, newly-promoted Cadiz have taken the top-flight by storm, and currently sit ninth despite having the lowest possession average in Europe’s top five leagues this term (33.5%).
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Scoreline prediction: Valencia 1-1 Cadiz
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Valencia vs Cadiz build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Valencia’s off-field issues have been well-documented, with a cut-price summer exodus at Mestalla making Gracia’s task an unenviable one. And that fretful mood behind the scenes has spilled over to the turf, with Los Che currently sitting perilously outside the relegation zone on goal difference and searching for a first win since early November.
Cadiz meanwhile are enjoying a stellar return to La Liga and have vehemently dispelled the myth that possession-based football is the best way to wins games. Alvaro Cervera has gone against the modern tide and orchestrated a top-half standing for his side, including wins over Barcelona and Real Madrid, despite Cadiz having the lowest possession average across the continent this term.
- Valencia (vs Granada): Domenech; Wass, Diakhaby, Mangala, Gaya; Jason*, Soler, Esquerdo, Cheryshev; Gameiro, Guedes*.
- Cadiz (vs Valladolid): Ledesma; Carcelen, Mauro, Cala, Espino; Alejo, Jonsson, Fali, Perea; Negredo, Lozano.
Within the space of just three minutes, Valencia duo Jason and Goncalo Guedes were sent off in the defeat to Granada in midweek and will now miss the game against Cadiz through suspension. For the visitors, they will be without Luismi Quezada, Bobby Adekanye and Jose Mari.
Players to watch:
- Valencia: Having only made the bench in the 1-0 defeat at the hands of Sevilla just before Christmas, Yunus Musah was expected to return to Gracia’s starting XI against Granada. However, the talented tyro was once again restricted to a role on the touchline, with Jason given the nod instead, but with the Spaniard sent off in that defeat, Gracia will likely return his gaze to the New York-born winger for Cadiz. The 18-year-old has burst onto the scene this term and is making considerable noise as the latest wonderkid off the Mestalla production line. Los Che are in desperate need of a creative adrenaline shot if they are to end a seven-game winless run, and Musah could bring the impetus they need.
- Cadiz: Every club has a bogey striker, that one player who just consistently finds the back of the net against your side no matter the occasion. For Valencia, that player is a former one. Alvaro Negredo, now of Cadiz, has scored 11 goals in 12 La Liga appearances against Valencia, more than against any other opponent. Now 35, Los Che will be desperate to keep a lid on their ex-marksman, but given the way they are playing at present, Negredo could have a field day. He has only ever once scored four goals in a single game across his career, and that came against Valencia in 2013.
La Liga 2020/21 recent form:
- Valencia: LLDDD
- Cadiz: DLLLW
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