Granada – Valencia 05.01.2013
It has been quite a few weeks since the two teams played a league game
for the last time, however it is worth mentioning that Granada got a 2-1 away win at Osasuna on 22/12 that helped them get off the relegation zone. At the moment they are 1 point above the danger line with several teams handing around the edge. The manager of the club praised the attitude and mental strength of his players in the last game as they came from behind to win all three points. The hosts are expected to have a strong support from their fans, however they will have to do without attacking midfielder Y. El-Arabi (17 apps, 4 goals) who has joined the National team of Marocco for the African Cup.
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Valencia on the other hand are already showing a better display under manager Ernesto Valverde under whom they have 3 wins and 1 defeat (at home to Rayo Vallecano). In their last league match on 21/12, they got a 4-2 home win to Getafe in a game that they were definitely the better side. The visitors who have only managed to get 1 win away from home so far, will have to do again without three injured players, however none of them is non-replacable.
It has been a few weeks before the last competitive game for both sides. However, considering that Valverde was a pretty recent manager for Valencia, I believe that this break worked more for the benefit of the visitors than for the hosts. I see good value on the away win as I am a big fan of Valverde’s work but I will cover by bet with the draw no bet.