Valencia v Granada – Mestalla Stadium at 16:00 GMT+1
Valencia boss Albert Celades praised the spirit and resilience of his side after Los Che came from behind to defeat Lille 4-1 on Tuesday in the Champions League. The result transform’s the club’s hopes of progression, putting the Bats level on points with fellow group leaders Ajax and Chelsea after four rounds of action.
It was the fifth games of Celades’ short tenure in which Valencia have come from behind to earn at least a draw, and follows on from last weekend’s La Liga win away a Espanyol, when Los Che had also fallen a goal behind.
The caretaker head coach said post-match, “It was a matter of resilience and to keep plugging away, but my players were phenomenal in the second half.” And Celades – in his first major management role – has asked the club’s demanding fans to judge him on results after an innocuous spell with Spain’s youth teams.
The 44-year-old is only in situ after Valencia decided to sack Marcelino following a high-profile fallout with club president Peter Lim. But since the highly-rated Marcelinho was axed, Los Che have certainly lost a little stability, structure and organisation to their defensive set-up, keeping two clean sheets in 13 outings.
Granada can cause Los Che problems
Newly-promoted Granada have made a superb start to life back in the Spanish top-flight. With survival top of Los Rojiblancos’ priority list, the Andalusians have already enjoyed a week at the top of La Liga – the first time they’d been there for 46 years – as well as accumulating more league wins than their last top-tier stint.
Under head coach Diego Martínez – the division’s youngest boss and without any previous La Liga experience – Granada have excelled, winning half of their opening 12 outings. El Grana may have slipped to back-to-back defeats prior to Saturday’s showdown but they remain a force to be reckoned with in attack.
Despite boasting La Liga’s third poorest wage budget, Los Rojiblancos have failed to score just once in 2019/20, notching at least twice in four of their six away days, including at the Bernabeu. Set-pieces have proven a handy weapon for Martinez’s men and you’d expect the guests to cause Valencia problems here.
Goals on the agenda
With that in mind, it makes sense to head towards the goals markets on Saturday night, especially so with Over 2.00 Goals trading at a very generous 1.70. this selection would see our stake returned if exactly two goals were scored with fewer than two goals the only way in which we’d lose our outlay.
Collectively, 18/24 (75%) of the duos La Liga fixtures have featured two goals or more with half of 12 of their respective home/away encounters producing profit for this angle of attack. Meanwhile, 10 of Valencia’s 13 matches since Marcelinho left have seen both sides score, no team is seeing more goals per-game on average on their travels than Granada.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 2.00 goals at 1.700
Preview by: @MarkOHaire.