Two sides that are set to battle it out for a place in the Europa League will meet this weekend, and the fixture couldn’t come at a worse time for the visitors. But, will they be able to put their recent bad run of form behind them?
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These two sides are currently placed in ninth and tenth in La Liga, with Valencia now occupying the latter of those two positions. There is a feeling that only one of these sides will be able to realistically challenge for a place in the Europa League between now and the end of the season, and this fixture could be huge in deciding which of these teams that will be. Valencia have endured a terrible run of form over recent weeks, as they have lost their last three.
They have also lost four of their last five, and won just once in six. They dropped down the standings after defeat in their last league games against Athletic Bilbao. Raul Garcia scored a brace for the visitors in that fixture as Valencia were succumbed to a 2-0 defeat at home. There must be a reaction by Valencia after that third straight defeat, but will they be able to get a win against Granada?
Valencia’s bad form has been highlighted by the fact that Granada have been able to overtake them despite only winning one in five. During this time, Granada have also drawn twice and lost twice. They produced one of their best performances since the restart in their last league game as they beat Alaves 2-0. Antonin scored the opener, before Roberto Soldado doubled the visitor’s lead.
Granada vs Valencia Head To Head
Granada have only ever beaten Valencia once, with that success coming in the Copa del Rey earlier in the season. That 2-1 win was the first time that they had beaten Valencia in 16 attempts. Valencia have won 13 of the previous meetings, with their last victory coming in the game earlier in the season in La Liga as they won 2-0.
Granada vs Valencia Prediction
Despite Valencia’s incredible record against Granada, it is also very hard to look past their recent form. They have been struggling for results, and this will not be an easy fixture for them. Therefore, the preference would be for the draw. The draw would be a decent result for both sides, as it would end Valencia’s poor form, and ensure that Granada stay above their opponents this weekend.
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