Sevilla vs Real Valladolid Prediction: La Liga Match on 19.08.2022
Betting TipSevilla to Win
Sevilla and Valladolid will be looking to get off the mark in their La Liga season when they meet at the Ramond Sanchez Pizjuan on Friday at 21:00GMT since both teams lost in their opening weekend matches, with Valladolid falling 0-3 at home against Villarreal and Sevilla falling 2-1 away to Osasuna.
Can Sevilla get the Campaign up and Running in the home clash against Valladolid?
Julen Lopetegui will be looking to kick start Sevilla’s season when they host Valladolid on Friday. After a disappointing 2-1 loss at the hands of Osasuna, the focus will be on getting their first win of this season under their belts.
They will be taking on the newly promoted Valladolid that lost their first match back in the La Liga at home against Villarreal 0-3. Lopetegui will focus on cutting out complacency and bolstering the focus of his charges as they seek to get their first points this season.
Having finished fourth last season, and seeing their title charge crumble late on in the season, means that Lopetegui will prepare his team to show consistency in their results to sustain a challenge this season, starting with the clash with Valladolid on Friday.
Can Valladolid Pull an Upset against a Champions League Club?
The newly promoted side will be looking to beat the drop and remain in La Liga for next season. They did not get off to a good start with a comprehensive 3-0 loss against Villarreal last weekend.
However, the manager, Juan José Rojo Martín, will be looking to shore up his defense when they travel to face Sevilla. The gaffer will focus on tightening his defense to ensure they are not open and thus stand a chance of getting points on board.
Valladolid will also use set pieces and transitions to threaten the Sevilla defense.
Lopetegui’s side had a mixed pre-season. They lost 6-0 to Arsenal in the Emirates Cup final and lost 1-0 against Leicester City in the penultimate preseason outing.
Sevilla then won 1-0 against Cadiz in their last pre-season friendlies, wrapping up what had been an eventful outing for the football club.
However, this form did not count for much once competitive La Liga football commenced. This was highlighted by the surprising 2-1 defeat to Osasuna, which meant that Lopetegui started the season with a loss.
Valladolid had a productive and successful preseason, going unbeaten with three wins and three draws.
The wins came against Atletico Tordesillas (2-0), Unionistas (2-1), and Ponferradina (2-1). The stalemates came against Burgos (0-0), Rayo Vallecano (0-0) and Lazio (0-0), with Valladolid winning 4-1 on penalties.
However, they lost comprehensively against Villarreal (0-3) in their first match back in La Liga.
Valladolid will be looking to bolster their form by causing an upset against one of last season’s top four teams in La Liga – Sevilla.
Possible Starting Lineups
Bono; M. Acua, K. Rekik, N. Gudelj, J. Navas; T. Delaney, Fernando; L. Ocampos, Papu Gomez, J. Corona; R. Mir
Asenjo; L. Perez, J. Fernandez, J. Yamiq, S. Escudero; Monchu; G. Plata, R. Mesa, A. Aguado, T. Villa; S. Leon
Players to Watch
Rafa Mir opened his scoring account for the new season in the 2-1 defeat against Osasuna last weekend. Julen Lopetegui will be counting on the 25-year-old Spanish professional to lead the line against Valladolid on Friday.
Mir offers creative movement, brilliant link-up play, and a robust work rate that helps Sevilla defend from the front while forcing the opposition to go long or make mistakes in their build-up.
This will be crucial against Valladolid as Sevilla look to suffocate them with pressing and a front-foot approach.
The 33-year-old forward offers experience upfront for Valladolid and was crucial in their successful fight for promotion into La Liga.
His work rate is essential for Valladolid because he is adept at chasing down lost causes and providing the impetus upfront, which brings other players into play.
His pace ad positioning while playing at the shoulder of the defender(s) is also crucial for Valladolid’s counter-attacking style.
Sevilla will seek to play a front-foot and dominant match characterized by more ball possession and an attacking urgency. Lopetegui will also focus on pressing high-up-the-pitch throughout the match.
Valladolid will focus on compactness and deploying a low block to stymie Sevilla’s attacking threat. The newly promoted side will depend on counter-attacks and set pieces to score a goal and pose an attacking threat.
Given the quality of these two squads, Sevilla will win this match and get their first three points on board.
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