Valencia and Las Palmas measured forces at Estadio de Mestalla, in a return match of this phase of the Copa del Rey (8th Finals), after a draw by (1-1) in the first leg. The record of direct matches played in this stadium indicates total balance between these two teams, since there were 2 draws and 1 win for each team in the last 4 matches. But the last time these two teams met in this stadium was on 18-08-2017, for the First Division, which ended with the victory of Valencia by (1-0). S. Zaza (22 ‘) scored the only goal of the game. Attention to the home factor, since Valencia usually conquer different results at home and abroad.
The home team comes to this match back in advantage, after a draw as a visitor by (1-1), so a draw is enough for less than 1 goal to confirm the qualification to the next phase. This is a team that usually gets better results in away matches than at home, since in the last 30 matches they register 9 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses in away matches, with 28 goals scored and 16 conceded; against 9 wins, 2 draws and 4 losses at their stadium, with 33 goals scored and 16 conceded. The team comes to this match after a home win against Girona by (2-1). In the last 10 home matches Valencia has won 7, tied 2 and lost 1. Defensive consistency has not been their best, as they have conceded goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored with regularity, as they scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 16 of the last 24 matches have ended with Over 2,5 goals. In 15 matches, they suffered the first goal 5 times and only managed 1 comeback. In the last 12 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have conceded 3 of their 7 goals between minutes (76’-90 ‘).
The Valencia party for this game with a home win against Girona, 2-1, placing a final point to the three games in a row without winning in several competitions. In the middle is a 1-1 draw in a first leg of the knockout phase of the Copa del Rey. In this way, a victory in this match against Las Palmas would guarantee qualification for the next phase. In this home game coach Marcelino Toral must maintain the 4-4-2, benefiting possession of the ball and organized attacks, especially through the flanks. It is important to note that striker Simone Zaza is the best marker of the team, with 10 goals scored. However, the locals have presented competition in defensive set pieces, aerial play and finishing. For this game the local coach can not count on Jiménez and Murillo, both injured.
The away team comes to this second leg at a disadvantage, because despite the draw in the first leg they suffered 1 goal at home. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive level in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 4 wins, 3 draws and 8 losses in away matches; against 6 wins, 2 draws and 7 losses at their stadium. The team comes to this match after a home loss with Eibar by (1-2). In the last 10 away matches Las Palmas has won 2, tied 1 and lost 7. Defensive consistency has not been their best feature, as they have conceded goals in 9 of the last 10 matches. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 18 of the last 26 matches have ended with Over 2,5 goals. In 15 games, he never got the comeback in the 9 games in which he suffered the first goal.
The Las Palmas continues presenting / displaying several difficulties in obtaining good results and in the last party lost before the Eibar in house by 1-2. To point out that visitors no longer win five consecutive games in several competitions. In this game, coach Paco Jémez is expected to play in 4-2-3-1, favoring the low block and passing in depth for the attack, especially for Calleri. Of note that striker Rémy is the best finalist of Las Palmas, with 5 goals scored in the championship. It is important to note that Las Palmas has some gaps in set pieces and in the passing game. For this game the coach can not count on Michel Macedo, a player recovering from an injury.
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