- A struggling Valencia side travels to Granada on Saturday for Matchday 34 in La Liga play
- Both sides are tied for ninth spot with 46 points apiece
- Get the full odds, preview, and best bet for this fixture below
Granada welcomes an out of form Valencia squad to Los Carmenes on Saturday, July 4th, for kick-off 4 PM EST. The home side has is coming off a 2-1 victory over Alaves on Wednesday, while Valencia is winless in their last three matches, having failed to score once. Five matches remain for each squad in Spain’s top flight, with the last Europa League spot just six points away for both of these teams.
In their lone meeting this term, Los Che came out on the winning end on home soil, beating Granada 2-0. However, given Valencia’s dreadful form since football returned, we could see a much different result this time around.
Granada vs Valencia Matchday 34 Odds
|Granada||pk (+104)||+186||Ov 2.5 (-101)|
|Valencia||pk (-124)||+152||Un 2.5 (-119)|
Odds taken July 3rd
Granada Seeking a Result on Home Soil
Diego Martinez’s side has been in decent form since action resumed, going 2-2-2 in six fixtures. They will be looking to build off their recent victory on Wednesday when they face Valencia this weekend.
It’s no secret that their Matchday 34 counterparts have been extremely vulnerable in their own half. With this in mind, Granada will be looking to pick apart Valencia’s backline and create some havoc as they aim to secure three points.
After coming up from the Segunda division last year, it’s been a relatively impressive season for El Grana. They’re comfortable in the mid-table and although European football is slightly out of reach, Martinez’s squad is heading in the right direction. The fact they’re tied with Valencia, a club with such a high pedigree, speaks to the development of this team over the last number of months. Although Granada has only scored 40 goals in 33 matches, they’ve been relatively solid at the back, conceding just 38.
Granada has also played very well at home, going 9-2-5 at Los Carmenes. Two clashes with Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad, who are just a few points ahead of them, could prove to be crucial in their hunt for a spot in Europe.
Valencia Need to Get Back on Track
Valencia fired Albert Celades last week due to the club’s poor form, replacing him with Voro, who has now managed Los Che on three separate occasions. In his first match in charge, things continued to spiral downward, losing to Athletic Bilbao 2-0 on Wednesday.
For a team that’s usually in the Champions League or the Europa League at the very least, it’s been a very underwhelming return to play since the pandemic. Valencia has won just once in six matches while scoring only three times. In four of those appearances, Voro’s men have been kept scoreless.
This squad has a lot of quality in the final third from Maxi Gomez to Ferran Torres. It’s very unlike Valencia to struggle to this extent. On a positive note, it can’t get much worse for them. Just like Granada, Los Che is currently six points back from the last Europa spot.
Unfortunately, they won’t play any sides who are currently fighting for European football. But at this point, it’s only a matter of time until they start putting up results. A new manager always brings different energy and tactics. Although he lost his first match in charge, things could turn for the better on Saturday against a Granada squad who they’ve already beat earlier this term.
Europe may be out of the cards, but it would at least bring a sense of positivity back to the club if Valencia can grab a number of points from their last five fixtures. Meetings with the likes of Valladolid, Leganes, and last-place Espanyol are all opportunities to secure victories against weaker sides.
Granada vs Valencia Stats
|13-7-13(tied for 9th in La Liga)||Standing||12-10-11(tied for 9th in La Liga)|
|1-2-2||Record in Last Five Fixtures||1-0-4|
Granada will be hungry to improve on their home form, especially after a convincing victory on Wednesday over Alaves. However, Valencia has beaten them in their last two meetings dating back to last season. Considering the form of each side not being anything to write home about, a draw is very likely on Saturday. Each team will score once and take away a point, leaving Valencia and Granada still tied in ninth place.
Pick: Draw +210
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