Valencia returns to the Mestalla for the first time since the World Cup on Friday evening, as they look for just a second victory in six league games. Cadiz will be the visitors, as they look for a third win of the season to move out of the bottom three in La Liga.
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Valencia will likely be unappeased with the start to the season that they have made, but their position in the La Liga standings remains a strong one. The Spanish giants sit tenth overall, and could move to within three points of the European spots with a victory on Friday night. However, wins have been in short supply throughout the season, as they have landed maximum points on just five occasions from 15 fixtures.
Their inconsistency has been evident over their previous five games in the league, as they have won just once and have suffered three defeats during the same period. Valencia was beaten on their return to domestic action last week, as Villarreal ran out 2-1 winners. However, they did make light work of La Nucia in the round of 32 in the Copa del Rey in their latest fixture.
Cadiz comes into this fixture in the bottom three in the La Liga standings, but they remain a single point from safety at present. Like Valencia, Cadiz has struggled to pick up wins throughout the season, as they have picked up just two victories from 15 matches in the Spanish top-flight. Furthermore, no side in La Liga has scored fewer goals than the struggling side.
However, their performances have certainly improved over their previous three, as they have lost just once. Cadiz picked up a deserved draw on their return to action last week, with Lucas Perez netting a late equaliser against Almeria.
Valencia vs Cadiz Head to Head
Valencia has a poor record in this fixture, as they have failed to win in their previous four league meetings against Cadiz. In fact, the previous two have both ended in 0-0 draws.
Valencia vs Cadiz Prediction
Cadiz has been a tricky opponent for Valencia in recent seasons, and it’s likely that they will put up another stern fight on Friday. However, we find it challenging to oppose the hosts, and could see them edging to a 1-0 win.
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