Valencia vs Las Palmas
2016/17 Spanish La Liga
Date: Monday, 22, August 2016.
Venue: Mestalla (Valencia).
Valencia look for a much improved season when they start their campaign for 2016/17 Spanish La Liga with a home game against Las Palmas.
Valencia finished 11th in the league standings last season in a disappointing season which saw a merry go-round of head-coaches. Now Pako Ayestaran has been installed at the post, but similar problems looms over Mestalla. A lack of suitable reinforcements may hinder their chances in the battle for a respectable mid-table finish in the high competitive La Liga. However, the signing of Portuguese Euro cup winner Nani, Real Madrid youth Alvaro Medran and Barcelona defender Martin Montoya could help them to an extend.
Las Palmas had an exciting first season since gaining promotion back to the Spanish top flight football. They were 10th in the standings and impressed many neutrals with their never-give up attitude. They are a hard working unit and is hard to break down, but most of their success depends on the results at the home ground. Kevin-Prince Boateng is a new addition to the club, who will be desperate to impress after failed seasons with Serie A giants AC Milan.
Valencia vs Las Palmas: Head-to-Head Stats
Valenci lead the head-to-head stats in 8 matches played against Las Palmas with 5 wins, 2 draws and a loss. The only loss was in the last season at Las Palmas on April 2016.
Valencia are unbeaten in the last four home matches in all competitions against Las Palams with 2 wins and 2 draws.
Five of the last six matches between Valencia and Las Palmas have seen under 2.5 goals.
Valencia vs Las Palmas: Prediction
Both teams will be setting out with an ambition of improving on their bottom of the table finish last season. This is a highly unpredictable and tricky affair considering the inconsistencies of the sides involved.
Las Palmas had a very poor away record in La Liga last season after losing in 12 of their 19 games. However, they held Valencia to a 1-1 draw in the same fixture of last season, which is also the first time they avoided a defeat at Mestalla.
I believe both sides will be vary of each other and their priorities will be to avoid a defeat in the opening match of the season. This match could well end in a 1-1 draw at full time. So I recommend to bet on under 2.5 goals for this match. You can also back the home side on a double chance to win or draw for this match.
Valencia vs Las Palmas: Tips
Double Chance – Valencia/Draw at 1.30
Under 2.5 goals at 1.95.