Valencia vs Girona
Spanish La Liga
Date: Saturday, 3 November 2018
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK / 18:30 CET
Venue: Estadio de Mestalla (Valencia).
Valencia took advantage of the easier fixture to end a five-draw run. They survived a Segunda B Division side outfit test in the first leg of Copa del Rey’s last 32 round on Tuesday. It was Santi Mina who completed a brace within nine minutes in the final quarter of an affair at Estadio de la Romareda in Zaragoza where Valencia clinched a comeback win (1-2).
Can the Bats back it up on Saturday afternoon when they host Girona in the 11th round of Primera Division? A win is a must for Marcelino’s men who sit at a disappointing14th position after a thread of three consecutive draws in the league. The lack of efficiency in the final third has been the main issue for Marcelino ever since the season began.
Valencia vs Girona: Head-to-head
This will only be the third head to head encounter between the two teams.
Valencia came on top both home and away against Girona in the previous term of Primera Division (1-0 and 2-1).
Valencia vs Girona: Prediction
Valencia had a run of ten consecutive games with fewer than three goals scored before the aforementioned cup victory over Ebro on Tuesday. They did keep things tight at the back frequently, but the likes of Kevin Gameiro, Rodrigo and Michy Batshuayi simply have to start delivering at the other end to help the team break into the top half of the league ladder.
Girona have been playing hot and cold since the very start of the season. They head into this unbeaten in last three games, a streak which includes the mid-week 2-2 draw to Deportivo Alaves in Copa del Rey. However, Blanquivermell will likely be without their key man and top scorer Christian Stuani who missed last two affairs through injury.
This, combined with Valencia’s superb defensive record, makes the home team to keep a clean sheet an ideal betting option, set at the odds of 1.90.
Valencia vs Girona: Bet Tips
Valencia to keep a clean sheet @ 1.90 (9/10)
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.72 (8/11).