Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
Estadio de Mestalla will be packed when Valencia and Celta Vigo go head to head in the Copa del Rey last 16 on Wednesday evening. Los Che are brimming with confidence following a thrilling 4-1 win over Cadiz and it is no wonder the odds for home win have been dropping. Both Javi Guerra and Jesus Vazquez are pushing for recalls after the duo got their names on the scoresheet at the weekend, while both Selim Amallah and Mouctar Diakhaby are on international duty. Andre Almeida and Roman Yaremchuk are both sidelined with injuries.
Os Celeste, on the other hand, head into the match following a 1-1 draw with Mallorca. The Galicians are not regarded as good travellers and given Valencia’s four-game winning run in all competitions, we predict that the hosts will advance to the Copa del Rey quarter-finals. As for the away team, Jonathan Bamba is representing Ivory Coast at the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations, whilst all Franco Cervi, Joseph Aidoo, and Carl Starfelt remain in the recovery room.
Highlighted Team (Valencia):
Founded on March 18, 1919, Valencia FC are a Spanish football club that compete in La Liga. Los Che play their home games at Estadio de Mestalla, the stadium which was opened back in May, 1923. The capacity of the venue is 50,000. Seeing that bats are quite common in Valencia, it is no surprise they are nicknamed the Bats.
Valencia made it to the Champions League final on two occasions (2000, 2001), but they were beaten in the title games by Real Madrid and Bayern Munchen respectively. The Spanish club, though, did well to win the UEFA Cup title in the 2003/2004 season, with the team beating Marseille in the final of the competition.
A number of top-class footballers were part of the club in the past, with the likes of Pablo Aimar, Ruben Baraja, David Albelda, Santiago Canizares, John Carew and Gaizka Mendieta all playing for the Estadio de Mestalla outfit. Valencia main colors are white and black, whilst they often where orange jerseys and shorts when playing on the travels.