Valencia v Espanyol Preview

January 24, 2014 | By

Southampton v Chelsea PreviewPrimera La Liga action Saturday Night comes from the Estadio de Mestalla featuring Valencia versus Espanyol.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on Sky Sports 1 High Definition, with a scheduled 19:00pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Valencia v Espanyol Preview, Primera La Liga, Saturday 25th January 2014

Valencia are having a very diffcult season so far and currently occupy 9th place in the Primera La Liga table. Juan Antonio Pizzi’s side have already lost ten times which is just one short of their overall defeats in the league last season and obviously fans are far from happy as it really would take a miracle for their side to stand any real chance of qualifying for European football next season.

Espanyol head into this game a point above their hosts and although any European football for them next season looks unlikely, they will be content enough with being enough points clear of the relegation zone at this time and any further points picked up from this game would go a long way to ensuring that Javier Aguirre’s side will again be playing Primera La Liga football next season.

Valencia v Espanyol Team News

Valencia Team News:

The hosts have no reported injuries or suspensions for this game, so the team will probably be the same one that drew 0-0 away against Malaga last time out which will see current top goalscorer for the club Jonas leading the attack up front and looking for his 9th league goal of the season.

Espanyol Team News:

The visitors also have no reported injuries or suspensions for this game, so expect manager Javier Aguirre to play his strongest side avaialble which will be very similar to the one that were defeated 1-0 against Real Madrid midweek in the Copa del Rey.

Valencia v Espanyol Head to Head Statistics

Saturday night’s game from the Estadio de Mestalla will become the 40th meeting between the two clubs over the years of which Valencia have won 15 times (11 at the Estadio de Mestalla), Espanyol have won 16 times (4 at the Estadio de Mestalla), and there has been 8 draws (4 at the Estadio de Mestalla).

The previous 5 meetings between the two clubs as shown in our head to head statistics table below show neither side with any advantage with both clubs having won 2 each and the remaining game having finished all square.

However, all 5 previous games have seen at least 3 goals scored and 4 out of the 5 saw Both Teams Score.

24/08/13 PRD Espanyol – Valencia 3 : 1
13/04/13 PRD Valencia – Espanyol
3 : 3
17/11/12 PRD Valencia – Espanyol 2 : 1
15/04/12 PRD Espanyol – Valencia
4 : 0
03/12/11 PRD Valencia – Espanyol 2 : 1

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

115 goals (47 goals at the Estadio de Mestalla) have been scored in the previous 25 meetings between the two clubs which provides us with an average overall goals per game statistic of 2.94 and an average goals per game statistic of 2.47 from the 19 games played at the Estadio de Mestalla which suggests that we are likely to see at least a couple of goals scored in this game on saturday night.

Valencia v Espanyol Recent Form (Left to Right)

Valencia: W D L L D

Espanyol: L L W W L

Espanyol have a slight advantage on the recent form statistics having managed to win 2 and lose 3 of their previous 5 games played. Valencia have managed just the 1 victory from their previous 5 matches played of which they have lost 2 and drew 2.

Valencia v Espanyol Match Betting Odds Market.

Valencia are not playing very well at the moment and for me look no value at their current best price of 4/7 with Sky Bet (£30 Free Bets for New Customers) despite having won five times at the Estadio de Mestalla this season.

The Draw does look worth getting on as your main cover bet at a current best price of 3/1 with Bet365 (£200 Free Bets for New Customers) as both sides would probably settle for a point each come saturday night.

Espanyol were a bit unlucky in defeat midweek in their Copa del Rey match against Real Madrid and if anything that result will surely have boosted the confidence of the whole squad as they prepare for this game on saturday night and for me they also look value at a best price of 21/4 with BetVictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers) as they have an equal chance of winning this game against a side that has been extremely poor this season.

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Valencia v Espanyol Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

This is one of those games that based on what each club has done this season could go either way on the night as neither side has really been that consistent and it does surprise me to see the online bookmakers offering up such a short price on Valencia to win this game as they have been a mere shadow of the club that the Primera La Liga has seen in recent years.

However, looking at the head to head statistics and average goals per game statistics we see that the previous five meetings between these two sides has seen at least three goals scored in every game so the Over 2.5 Goals YES will no doubt be a popular choice.

Also four out of those five previous meetings has seen both clubs get on the score-sheet, so Both Teams to Score YES could also be worth getting on as for me this game really could go either way on saturday night.

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