La Liga high-fliers Valencia visit bottom of the table Las Palmas with a chance to extend their advantage over fourth place Real Madrid to 11 points.
Los Che boss Marcelino has been nothing short of a revelation since taking over last summer and the Spaniard will be hoping for more of the same this weekend.
Where and when: Estadio Gran Canaria – 20 January, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Las Palmas vs. Valencia: Sky Sports
Last time: Valencia took a first-half lead through Santi Mina but Las Palmas hit back with three quick-fire goals to ensure a comfortable win.
Las Palmas v Valencia Predictions and Preview
Rooted to the bottom of the table and without a win in five, confidence is at an all-time low for Paco Jemez’s side. The tactician is in his second spell as manager at his hometown club and after the humiliating 6-0 defeat at the hands of Girona, the former centre-back has a tough challenge of reversing the fortunes of a club who fared well last year.
The most recent loss was the heaviest all season and Las Palmas find themselves seven points adrift of safety, conceding a whopping 46 times so far. Goals have been a problem at both ends of the pitch and the hosts no longer have the services of Kevin-Prince Boateng. The midfielder struck ten times in the league and the inevitable slide began when the Ghanaian was not replaced following his move to Eintracht Frankfurt.
With odds of 25/1, Las Palmas will need to be at their very best if they are to arrest an alarming slump and stop a formidable Valencia team playing some of the division’s best football.
Los Che are riding high and look perfectly poised to secure one of the illustrious top four positions. Marcelino’s men are one win shy of matching last season’s total of 13 and at 2/1 are the smart money to come away with the three points. Simone Zaza, who is enjoying a career resurgence, is 5/1 to net last and add to his tally of 10 goals. Strike partner Rodrigo has also improved under the guidance of his new Coach.
One to watch for Las Palmas: On-loan Jonathan Calleri has seven strikes to his name in all competitions and is the hosts’ focal point. The Argentine is 12/1 to open the scoring.
One to watch for Valencia: Goncalo Guedes has attracted the eye of Europe’s elite clubs while plying his trade at the Mestalla this term. The PSG owned star is 6/1 to score any time.
Long shot: The Canary Islands based club may be in the midst of a miserable run but have won the last two encounters against their opponents on Saturday night. A 3-2 win for Las Palmas is priced at 40/1 and would be only the fourth league triumph of a gruelling campaign.