Valencia aims to extend their unbeaten streak to five matches in all competitions when they face Granada in Spain’s top-flight football on a Sunday afternoon.
Los Che comes into the game on the back of a 2-0 victory over UD Logrones in the Copa del Rey, while Granada also progressed in the cup competition with a 3-0 win against Arosa.
Valencia had a challenging season in La Liga last year, finishing 16th, which was their worst final position in Spain’s top flight since the 1985-86 season.
This campaign has seen a better start, with 15 points from their first 11 matches, positioning them ninth in the table, just four points behind fifth-placed Real Sociedad.
While the top four teams, including Girona, are beginning to pull away, Valencia is eyeing a potential top-six spot.
They enter this fixture on a four-game unbeaten run, accumulating five points from their last three league games against Mallorca, Cadiz, and Athletic Bilbao.
They narrowly missed defeating Athletic last weekend, with a 2-1 lead until Alex Berenguer’s late equalizer.
Valencia continued their momentum with a Copa del Rey victory over UD Logrones on Thursday, progressing to the competition’s second round.
In contrast, Granada hasn’t tasted league success in over two months. Their last La Liga win was against Mallorca on August 26.
They are currently on an eight-game winless streak in the league, which includes losses to Osasuna and Villarreal in their last two matches.
Granada did manage three consecutive draws against Real Betis, Almeria, and Barcelona before the October international break, but their recent league form has been disappointing.
They sit 19th in the table, with only six points from their first 11 matches and a porous defense, having conceded 28 goals, the second-worst in La Liga.
In their last head-to-head match during the 2021-22 season, Valencia emerged as 3-1 winners, but Granada’s last win against Valencia was a 2-1 victory in December 2020.
Valencia La Liga form:
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Valencia will be without Andre Almeida, Mouctar Diakhaby, Jesus Vazquez, Alberto Mari, and Cenk Ozkacar for their match against Granada.
Hugo Duro, who has five league goals this season, could be sidelined until January due to a shoulder injury.
Roman Yaremchuk might fill in for Duro, while Gerard Gumbau and Lucas Boye are set to return for Granada after suspensions.
Boye is expected to lead the line, potentially moving Myrto Uzuni, who scored his fourth league goal of the season against Villarreal, to a wider position.
Granada is still missing Jesus Vallejo, Miguel Angel Rubio, and Raul Fernandez due to injuries.
Possible Starting Lineups:
- Correia, Mosquera, Paulista, Gaya;
- Perez, Pepelu, Guerra, Amallah;
- D Lopez, Yaremchuk
- R Sanchez, Miquel, Torrente, Neva;
- Villar, Gumbau;
- Puertas, Zaragoza, Uzuni;
Granada has been scoring goals but conceding at an alarming rate, making them vulnerable. An in-form Valencia is likely to secure a win in this matchup.
- Our Prediction: Valencia 2-1 Granada