The Liga season is already developing into a fascinating affair, and Valencia’s early season heroics has been one of the main talking points. They continue their campaign on Saturday by welcoming a strong Sevilla side to the Mestalla, and you can watch the drama unfold from 5:30PM.
Can Los Che maintain their unbeaten record or will the visitors bring them crashing back to earth? Whatever happens, it’s sure to be an intriguing battle from the first whistle to the last.
Valencia: A Sleeping Giant Awoken?
Having been Spanish football’s laughing stock for at least a couple of years, the six-time Liga champions look an entirely new outfit under Marcelino. In fact, only Barcelona have bettered their return of 18 points from the first eight games, which is why, without wanting to get carried away, the club area already looking at a potential return to Champions League football. A win on Saturday would do plenty to underline their credentials.
Los Che have already picked up draws against both Madrid clubs while their recent run of four wins, in which they’ve scored 17 times, has certainly raised a few eyebrows. The likes of Rodrigo, Geoffrey Kondogbia, and Santi Mina have all done a great job. However, it’s the form of Simone Zaza that has truly fired Valencia to such an incredible start.
The Italian boasts seven in eight and looks a far cry from the player seen at West Ham. If on-loan Andreas Pereira can and co. can create chances for Zaza, there’s every chance that he will convert them.
Valencia won’t realistically mount a serious title bid, and there’s still a long way to go if they are going to push for a top four spot. If they come through this test, however, they’ll suddenly look a far greater prospect.
Rojiblancos Looking To Bounce Back
After starting like a train, Sevilla have now lost two of their last three league games, dropping to fifth heading into the weekend. However, they make the trip to Valencia knowing that a victory would see them leapfrog the hosts into the Champions League places.
The visitors have a good record over Valencia in recent years, picking up four points from last year’s encounters. However, new manager Eduardo Berizzo is still getting to know his side, which has shown with the indifferent form. This was perhaps best highlighted by Tuesday’s 5-1 hammering Spartak Moscow.
Sevilla aren’t short of quality, though. Nolito, Wissam Ben Yedder, Jesus Navas and co. are all capable of magic while Steven N’Zonzi and Ever Banega can look to dominate the battle on their day. However, under the circumstances, they will enter the Mestalla as underdogs.
If both sides bring their ‘A’ game, we could be in for a cracker.
Valencia v Sevilla Betting
The hosts enter Saturday’s showdown as the odds-on favourites but a price of 19/20 shows that 888sport don’t think it’ll be easy. Both Sevilla and the draw are available at 11/4.
Sevilla may have enjoyed a far better recent history than Valencia both domestically and on the continent, but it’s the hosts who look like genuine contenders in the early part of 2017-18. There’s every chance that they’ll show that on home soil.
Given that Sevilla also had the midweek trip to Moscow, as well as Valencia’s recent scoring record, we’re backing the hosts on the -1 Asian handicap. A single goal win will give us a refund while a two-goal margin or better will see us get the win.
As for goalscorers, it’s hard to look past the in-from Zaza. West Ham fans will be scratching their heads at his return of seven goals in eight appearances, but we think there’s every chance that he’ll keep it going by making the net ripple once more.