Las Palmas v Valencia – Estadio Gran Canaria at 19:45 Live at Sky Sports
Las Palmas’ car crash campaign shows no sign of abating any time soon. Los Amarillos were humiliated in a 6-0 shellacking at promoted outfit Girona last weekend and with a tally of only 11 points from 19 fixtures, the Canary Islanders are now surely staring at a return to the Segunda.
New head coach Paco Jemez arrived at the club after Christmas and his cavalier – often suicidal – approach has yet to pay dividends. The Gran Canarian club has shipped 10 goals in their last two outings and the Las Palmas’ boss was forced to issue a public apology to the side’s fans after last weekend’s embarrassing loss.
Michael Olunga’s hat-trick led the Girona charge to leave Las Palmas seven points adrift at the bottom of La Liga, and Jemez took responsibility for the heavy defeat, which he described as ‘disgraceful’.
“This result is what it is, more for my failures than those of the team. After their second goal, the team collapsed due to us not believing we could come back. I assume responsibility. We have the second round to come, and we’ll work hard and fight to get things moving.”
Las Palmas’ car crash form
The second round of league fixtures kicks-off this weekend and the rock-bottom hosts face another daunting task. Los Amarillos welcome high-flying Valencia to the Canary Islands as they bid to halt a rotten run that’s seen the home side lose 12 of their last 15 La Liga matches, conceding at least twice in 13 of those.
Matters aren’t helped by Paco’s insistence that top goalscorer Loic Remy looks for a new club, especially so when the team have failed to find the back of the net nine times in that miserable 15-game sample. Las Palmas’ woes are compounded by the absence of two of their regular back-four, centre-half Pedro Bigas and right-back Míchel Macedo.
Valencia can take advantage
Valencia has bounced back from their mini pre-Christmas blip to cement their place in third in Spain. Los Che have recorded back-to-back victories over Deportivo La Coruna and Girona to move eight points clear of fourth and Marcelinho’s men are odds-on to secure Champions League qualification.
The high-flying guests travel with a fully fit forward line on Saturday night with top goalscorer Simone Zaza now back from injury to join the likes of Rodrigo, Goncalo Guedes and Luciano Vietto as outstanding options for Marcelinho to select from here.
Valencia tends to do their best business against La Liga’s lesser lights, winning 10 of their 11 tussles this term against teams currently occupying 10th or below and they should have more than enough quality to enhance that record by covering a -0.50 Asian Handicap at 1.819.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Valencia -0.50 at 1.819
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