Cultural Leonesa vs Valencia
Spain – Copa del Rey
Date: Wednesday, 29 January 2020
Kick-off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Reino de León (León).
Defending champions Valencia will surely be targeting back-to-back Copa triumphs, and there really is no way that the team would take this match-up lightly. Against Leonesa, from the third tier of Spanish Football, Valencia are sure-shot favorites to post the win. However, do keep in mind that Leonesa had booted out Atleti from the competition.
Cultural Leonesa vs Valencia Head-to-head (h2h)
- This is the first match-up between the two teams in the 21st century.
Cultural Leonesa vs Valencia Match Preview
Valencia finally had put an end to Barcelona’s monopoly over the Copa del Rey the last season, and this has blown the competition open this time around. More teams have started believing that they could lift the domestic trophy, especially in its revamped format.
The competition no longer has two-legged match-ups till the semis, and major teams have the lost the luxury of lining up with academy players in the first leg, only to overturn any deficit in the next leg with their main eleven.
The likes of Atleti are already eliminated from the competition, and with the league still safely in the custody of either Barca or Real, more and more teams are actively pursuing Copa glory.
Cultural Leonesa vs Valencia Prediction
Leonesa made full use of their home status the previous round, as they played hosts to Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid. The hosts were on course to lose the game, as they were trailing 0-1 even when the game had just ten minutes left on the clock.
However, the home team equalized in the 83rd minute, and as a result, took the match-up to extra time. And there, Leonesa once again found the back of the net, in the 108th minute, to record a 2-1 upset win over Atletico Madrid.
In the meantime, Valencia were on the road, and played carefully against Logrones. The guests had netted an early goal, in the 15th minute, and then maintained the one-goal lead till the very end.
As things stand this Wednesday, Valencia are the favorites to post the win, and grab a ticket to the Quarters.
Understand that not only are Valencia the defending champions of the competition, but they had in fact denied the famed Barcelona squad a chance to lift their fifth Copa title in a row.
Moreover, just the last match-day, Valencia once again pulled a victory over the Catalans, casting doubts over their newly-appointed coach, Quique Setien.
Valencia have also been one of the best teams in Spain for a very long time, and with them having not much chance to go after the La Liga crown, we can count on the team to prioritize this contest.
Furthermore – yes, it’s true that Leonesa in fact eliminated Atleti, but the one thing to keep note is, Valencia are an extremely cautious team, that they will not get entangled in mind games, nor will they consider Leonesa as a light opponent.
Most importantly, Leonesa have now lost the element of surprise. As a result of their triumph over Atleti, Valencia will have long since figured out a way to deal with this challenge. There’s no way that Valencia would allow Leonesa to pull two back-to-back upsets.
Also, it requires mentioning that the hosts of the day come from the third flight of Spanish Football – worlds apart in terms of quality and exposure compared to the La Liga.
In addition, Valencia are also on a good stretch of form. They are on a two-game winning run, and kept clean sheets in both. Do note that they recorded a 2-0 win against Barcelona in the process as well.
Also, Valencia were unbeaten in 20 of their last 25 overall fixtures, and were so in ten of their prior twelve away from home.
Considering all these pointers, we arrive to the conclusion that Valencia are in fact the favorites. They will play cautiously throughout the game, and record a carefully orchestrated win.
Cultural Leonesa vs Valencia Betting Tips
Valencia to Win @ 1.44 (4/9)
Valencia -0.5 Asian Handicap @ 1.50 (1/2).