Espanyol vs. Valencia Spanish La Liga Predictions, Picks and Betting Tips 7-16-2020
Espanyol (5-9-22) vs. Valencia (13-11-12)
Spanish La Liga soccer on Thursday, July 16,2020 at 15:00 ET
Venue: Estadio de Mestalla, Valencia, Spain
The Line: Espanyol +479/ Draw +294/ Valencia -181; O/U 2.5
TV: Eleven Sports
Valencia (LWDLL) will duke it out against Espanyol (LLLLL) in the final match of round 37 of the Spanish La Liga Santander on Thursday night at the Estadio de Mestalla in Valencia.
Valencia comes into this game after picking up just one win from their last six top-flight fixtures while conceding first inside the opening 20 minutes in each of their last four league defeats. Occupying the 9th position, Valencia sits on 50 points, 4 points away from the final Europa League spot. So far, Valencia has recorded 13 wins, 11 draws and 12 losses. Valencia’s form since league restart is quite unimpressive, and they suffered a woeful lone goal defeat from bottom-placed Leganes to record their 5th loss since league restart. So far, Valencia has recorded 45 goals, 52 conceded goals, 114 shots on-target, 7 clean sheets, 79 yellow cards, and 7 red card bookings.
On offense, Valencia’s top scorer, Maximiliano Gómez, will lead the team’s forward group. He has been the game’s first goalscorer in each of his last five competitive matches. In total, he has recorded 9 goals and 2 assists in 31 appearances. In front of the net for Valencia is Jaume Domenech. He has allowed 22 goals in 14 appearances, an average of 1.61 goals allowed per 90 minutes, 61 saves, and 3 clean sheets.
On the other hand, Espanyol has sunk in the relegation zone, with only 24 points recorded. Espanyol’s 2-0 home loss in their last La Liga outing made it eight consecutive games without a win. That result bore some significance, as all but one of their last six league fixtures have produced fewer than 2.5 goals, with the failure to score on five occasions. Sitting at the basement of the league table, Espanyol has recorded 5 wins, 9 draws, and 22 losses. In their last game, Espanyol suffered a double-goal defeat from Eibar during the weekend. Overall, Espanyol has recorded 27 goals, 57 conceded goals, 119 shots on-target, 5 clean sheets, 100 yellow cards, and 9 red card bookings.
David Lopez and Raul de Tomas are key players to look out for in Espanyol’s starting lineup. David Lopez has registered Espanyol’s opening goal in each of his four goalscoring La Liga games, with all strikes arriving inside the first 30 minutes. Espanyol’s Diego Lopez will make his 36th goalkeeping appearance for the team. Sitting at the basement with 1.63 goals allowed per 90 minutes, Lopez has recorded 102 saves and 4 clean sheets.
In eight of their previous meetings, Valencia has registered 6 wins and one draw. Valencia is currently the league’s 4th-best hosts with 10 wins out 18 home games, while Espanyol’s traveling record is below average. With 3 wins out of 18 away games, Espanyol sits in the 15th position, and they have failed to score in 50% of their previous away games.
Coach: Abelardo Fernández
Goalkeeper: Diego Lopez
Players: Naldo Gomes, Bernardo Espinosa, Leandro Cabrera, Didac Vila, Sergi Darder, David Lopez, Marc Roca, Adrián Embarba, Jonathan Calleri and Raúl de Tomás
Coach: Salvador Gonzalez
Goalkeeper: Jaume Doménech
Players: Jaume Costa, Gabriel Paulista, Mouctar Diakhaby, Alessandro Florenzi, Goncalo Guedes, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Daniel Parejo, Carlos Soler, Maximiliano Gómez and Kevin Gameiro
Prediction: Take Valencia -181
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