Alavés v Valencia – Mendizorroza at 12:00 Live at Sky Sports
Valencia is back and moving in the right direction following years of frustration, financial problems, fan protests and flattery to deceive.
With Marcelinho in charge, Los Che is one of three undefeated (W6-D3-L0) teams in La Liga so far this season, along with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid despite already facing both Atletico and Real Madrid and tough away trips to Real Sociedad and Real Betis.
Valencia has won each of their last five games, scoring 21 goals in the process to sit second with their last outing – a stunning 4-0 smashing of Sevilla. Only Manchester City from across Europe’s big five leagues can match the Bats’ offensive efforts over the last five fixtures.
Unpopular president Lay Hoon Chan has left with general director Mateu Alemany arriving at take over the day-to-day running of the club. With a number of bad apples also removed from the dressing room, there’s finally an air of stability and positivity surrounding Valencia with harmony both within Mestalla and the supporters finally in sync.
Marcelinho’s been given the clout to build a team in his own image – fitness obsessed and counter-attacking with pace – and Valencia’s shrewd summer investment has been paying dividends with Goncalo Guedes and Geoffrey Kondogbia particularly impressing.
There’s no better team to watch in Spain right now and their sensational attacking performance – notching at least three goals in each of their last five fixtures – and with no fresh injury concerns make the hosts well worth supporting at 1.909 with a -0.75 Asian Handicap start on Saturday.
Alavés have fallen to eight defeats in their last nine Liga matches with the summer departures of key personnel – including head coach Mauricio Pellegrino – really starting to catch up with the club.
Admittedly, the hosts have had to deal with a tough run of matches at their Mendizorrotza home – Barcelona and Real Madrid have already visited – but the side from Vitoria have shipped at least twice in each of their home outings, losing three of their four here by at least two clear goals.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Valencia -0.75 at 1.909