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11th placed Espanyol will be visiting the Mestalla Stadium to take on hosts Valencia CF for its 19th game of the La Liga 2021-22 season.
Valencia is currently at 8th place on the points table, with 28 points. A win will see it overtake 4 teams, and shoot up right into the top 4. The team has greatly improved its performance from the last season, which saw it finish 13th at the end of their campaign, its worst performance since the 87-88 season. The team enters this contest having won its last three games.
Espanyol is at the 11th spot on the points table. The team was relegated to the second tier in the previous season after a disastrous show at the 2019-20 La Liga but secured the first spot in the Segunda division to earn its place back on the top flight. While the Parakeets will be happy with the 23 points that they have earned so far this season, they have not shown much consistency in the performances, winning two and losing three of its last 5 games.
Match prediction and betting tips for Valencia CF vs RCD Espanyol Barcelona, La Liga 2021-22. The match is going to be played at the Mestalla Stadium, Valencia, on the 31st of December, 2021.
Valencia has a lot of fitness problems on its side, and will likely be missing key players like Gabriel Paulista, Dimitri Foulquier, Thierry Correia, and Toni Lato. Uros Racic will be serving a suspension for the red card he picked up in the previous game. The suspension could prove an opportunity for Daniel Wass to show his skills on the field from the start.
For the visitors, Raul de Tomas, who recently made his debut for the Spanish national team, will play a key role if they want a shot at upsetting the hosts. He has had an excellent season so far, having scored 8 goals. He will be assisted by Sergi Darder and Javi Puado in testing the defensive skills of Valencia. The team may however miss the services of David Lopez, Landry Dimata, and Oscar Gil due to various fitness issues.
Valencia, in spite of all the issues it has faced in recent years, is in a stable position so far this season and will be playing with the home advantage. Espanyol could however prove to be a tricky opponent, and we expect the game to be a low-scoring affair.
Bet on a Valencia win.