La Liga fallen giant Valencia could soon find themselves in the relegation zone if they lose to Granada and results elsewhere go against them. Los Che have battled on and off field problems in recent years and the lack of stability could prove fatal if the current slide down the table is not arrested.
Where and when: Nuevo Estadio de Los Cármenes, Granada – 30 December, kick-off 16:00
Where you can see Granada vs. Valencia: LaLigaTV
Last time: Vico rescued a point for the Andalusians late on.
Granada v Valencia Predictions and Preview
Granada made their return to La Liga in 2018-19, memorably securing a Europa League berth. The Andalusians finished ahead of Getafe, their midweek opponents Valencia, Athletic Bilbao and Celta Vigo and have proudly reached the last 32 of this year’s competition.
Diego Martinez’s troops will face Napoli in February and the Italian heavyweights will not be pleased at the prospect. Granada have come a long way in a short period of time and currently sit seventh in the table. The Andalusians may be missing Darwin Machis, but still have plenty of firepower in the ranks in Roberto Soldado, Luis Suarez, Antonio Puertas and Jorge Molina.
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Machis suffered a muscle injury in the triumph over Real Betis and is expected to be on the sidelines for the next few weeks. Former Tottenham Hotspur misfit Soldado will lead the line and is 11/5 to register anytime.
Meanwhile, leading scorer this term Suarez is available at 9/4 and has adapted to life well in the top flight. The Colombian hit 19 in the Segunda last year and is already on the radar of a host of elite sides. The Andalusians are 13/10 to triumph and a draw is 23/10.
The travelling party are in freefall. Los Che have failed to pick up a victory in any of their last six fixtures and it wasn’t long ago Valencia were regarded the best of the rest behind Real Madrid and Barcelona, consistently securing European berths.
Maxi Gomez, Carlos Soler and Guedes will link up in attack and have 10 efforts and four assists between them. Gomez is 4/1 to break the deadlock and would have no trouble finding a suitor if he chose to move on in May, but Arsenal are likely to be rebuffed if they reportedly make a move in the winter market. Los Che are 11/4 to pick up a morale boosting win.
One to watch for Granada: Soler scored a hat-trick of penalties against Los Blancos earlier in the campaign and is a proud local lad. The midfielder is 14/5 to notch anytime.
One to watch for Valencia: Molina tends to be introduced late on and is a nuisance. The veteran will target crisis hit duo Gabriel and Eliaquim Mangala and is 17/2 to bag last.
Long shot: The Andalusians are formidable on home soil and have taken something from six of their seven clashes. Once upon a time Valencia would travel to Granada and be the overwhelming favourites but Martinez’s group will back themselves to pile on the misery in devastating fashion. A comprehensive 3-0 outcome is 25/1.