Valencia vs Espanyol
Spanish La Liga
Date: Sunday, 17 February 2019
Kick-Off at 15:15 UK / 16:15 CET
Venue: Estadio de Mestalla (Valencia).
Espanyol ended a four-game winless streak with a 2-1 victory over relegation strugglers Rayo Vallecano last weekend at RCDE Stadium. It was a massive win for Rubi’s men who showed phenomenal fighting spirits to come back from behind and notch a last-gasp winner through Sergi Darder in the fifth minute of the added time.
Such hardly-fought win will certainly raise the spirits inside the dressing room ahead of another important fixture on Sunday afternoon when the Budgerigars travel to Estadio de Mestalla to battle Valencia in the 24th round.
The visitors will find it hard to back up the mentioned victory over Los Franjirojos here given the Bats grew in form and confidence in recent weeks.
The hosts are unbeaten in six successive matches and they will come into this in the highest of spirits after an easy 0-2 victory away at Celtic in the first leg of Europa League R32 tie on Thursday night.
Valencia vs Espanyol: Head-to-head
Valencia lead the head to head tie by four wins, but we have to mention they were really the dominant force in the history of H2H games at Mestalla.
The Bats won 16, drew 5 and lost 4 of 25 home encounters with Espanyol.
None of past four head to head affairs saw three or more goals scored.
Espanyol took a 2-0 victory when these two outfits met each other in the first part of the season at RCDE Stadium.
Valencia vs Espanyol: Prediction
Marcelino’s men joined the battle for European positions thanks to a huge rise in form in recent months.
The Spanish manager can be thrilled with improvements in his team’s defensive displays as the Bats kept back-to-back clean sheets against Real Sociedad and Celtic. Can they keep their net untouched in third subsequent match in only seven days?
We have to believe in such scenario given Espanyol’s horrendous spell of form of late. The visitors lost 9, drew one and won two of past 12 matches in all competitions. The home win to nil is the way to go.
Valencia vs Espanyol: Bet Tips
FT – Valencia to win @ 1.80 (4/5)
Valencia to keep a clean sheet @ 2.37 (11/8).