Valencia host Granada to kick off La Liga this weekend at the Mastalla, with the hosts continuing their frustrating form, which has lead to only one win from five matches.
Valencia Betting News
Valencia’s season has begun in peculiar circumstances where boardroom upheaval has transcended into manager Nuno Santo’s job, who is now struggling as his side sit in 8th place after five games.
Having only won one game in five, the home crowd at the Mastalla are beginning to let their unhappiness be known, with whistles, jeers and even white hankies on show in their last home game – a 0-0 against Real Betis.
Los Che travelled to Barcelona for yesterday’s clash with Espanyol and were duly dispatched by their hosts to a 1-0 loss, increasing the pressure on Santo’s men.
Jose Gaya and Andre Gomes are Nuno’s outfield injury concerns, with the duo definitely ruled out. Lucas Orban should come into the back four at left-back, with Aymen Abdennour and Shkodran Mustafi are likely to be reunited at centre-back.
Granada Betting News
Granada meanwhile sit in 16th place in La Liga, arriving at Valencia on the back of three successive losses, have has them languishing by the relegation zone.
Their last match was particularly disappointing, losing 3-0 at home to Real Sociedad, who until that game, were yet to score a goal after four matches.
Nazaries will know Valancia are vulnerable and a result is achievable, but their own form may be even worse.
Babin should replace Doria at centre-back, with the young loanee making a glaring error last time out.
Diego Mainz is still sidelined for the visitors, with Ruben Perez the only other certain absentee.
Valencia vs Granada Match Prediction
Friday poses a peculiar encounter as it is essentially a meeting of two poor teams. While Valencia may be indeed expensively assembled, they have not look a great team this season, far from it.
The likely result here is a low-scoring draw.
Match Betting Tip: Draw @4.20 at Bet365