Las Palmas and Valencia meet at Estadio de Gran Canaria, in a match for this phase of the Copa del Rey (8th Finals). The history of direct confrontations played in this stadium is favorable to the home team, which in the last 3 matches won 2 and lost 1. Indeed, the last time these two teams played a match in this stadium, on 30-01- 2017, for the First Division, Las Palmas won by (3-1). Jonathan Viera (42 ‘), M. Lemos (57’) and K. Boateng (61 ‘) scored the goals of the match, for Las Palmas, and Santi Mina (21′), for Valencia. The Valencia presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor, so that in this game the home factor may be decisive.
The home team reaches this phase of the Copa del Rey (8th Finals) after having eliminated Deportivo La Coruña, after a home loss by (2-3) and a win by (1-4) out in the previous tie. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 4 wins, 3 draws and 8 losses in away matches, with 15 goals scored and 27 conceded; against 6 wins, 1 draw and 8 losses at their stadium, with 25 goals scored and 32 suffered. In the last match they played, for the First Division, they lost with Getafe away by (2-0). In the last 10 home matches, Las Palmas has 3 wins, 1 draw and 6 losses. The team allowed goals to the opponent in 9 of the last 10 matches, so there are defensive processes that need improvement. In 15 games, he suffered the first goal 11 times and never got the comeback. There is 1 period that stands out in the last 10 home matches for all competitions: they have scored 6 of their 10 goals between minutes (76’-90 ‘).
The Las Palmas is not going through a good time in the season and currently occupies one of the last positions of the Spanish championship. Despite this poor performance, managed to advance in the Copa del Rey, when he eliminated Deportivo in the previous phase: the victory by 1-4 was decisive in that game. However, it is important to note that the players of the local team added only 2 wins in the last 10 matches played.
In this difficult game against Valencia, it is expected that coach Paquito plays in the usual 4-2-3-1, privileging the defensive organization and passes in depth for the attack, especially for Calleri. In addition to that, the Las Palmas must use the left flank to create danger: Rémy is the best marker of the home team, with 5 goals scored. For this game the coach has Halilovic in doubt, due to an injury.
The visiting team reaches this phase of the Copa del Rey (8th Finals) after a home win by (4-1) and a win by (0-2) with Real Zaragoza. This is a team that, oddly enough, was better outside than at home, as in the last 30 matches they register 10 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses in away matches; against 8 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses at their stadium. In the last match they played, for the First Division, they lost with Villarreal at home (0-1). In the last 10 away matches Valencia has 6 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 23 of the last 27 matches have ended with Over 1,5 goals. This is a team that usually scores many times first: opened the scoring in 12 of its last 15 games, of these 12 reached the break in advantage in 8 and managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90 ‘in 11. In the last 10 home matches for all competitions there are 2 periods in highlight: he scored 7 of his 19 goals between the minutes (76’-90 ‘); He suffered 5 of his 12 goals between the minutes (76’-90 ‘).
Valencia is one of the most pleasant surprises of this season, since it occupies the first positions of the championship and presents a very interesting style of play. However, the moment of form of the team is not the best, since it suffered 3 defeats in the last four matches played. In the Copa del Rey elimination, the visiting team quietly eliminated Zaragoza, with two wins by 4-1 and 0-2.
In this game away from home coach Marcelino Toral must keep the team in a 4-4-2, Zaza and Rodrigo being the offensive references of the visiting team: the first player is the best score of the team, with 10 goals scored. However, it is important to note that visitors have great competence in the maintenance of ball possession and counterattack. For this game the coach can not count on the injured Murillo and Jiménez.
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