Our prediction for this match:
Everton did well to crush Irdning 22-0 in their first warm-up game of the pre-season, but they have been struggling in friendly games ever since. Following a 1-0 loss to Porto, the Toffees suffered a heavy 3-0 defeat to Blackburn Rovers and they will be looking to make amends for a 4-1 loss to Rennes when they take on Valencia at Goodison Park. The Premier League side are determined to give fans some cheer and we predict that coach Marco Silva is going to field the best possible side against los Che. Valencia have been having their ups and downs in pre-season, but they are definitely capable of grabbing something from the Everton friendly. Seeing that the Toffees play in front of home fans, we believe the two teams are going to play out a draw in the blue part of Liverpool this weekend.
Highlighted Player (Leighton Baines):
Leighton Baines is an English football player born on 11th of December 1984 in Liverpool. Baines started in the youth of Wigan Athletic before making his debut for the first team in season 2002/2003. In season 2007/2008 Baines made the transfer to Everton where he is playing almost 10 seasons already.
Leighton Baines made his debut for the English national team in 2010 and played in the EURO 2012 and World Cup of 2014.Baines is a left-winger defender that can play in the midfield as well. He is known for his rushes and attacking skills which resulted in a high amount of goals for a defender. Baines was part of the Everton team that played in the FA Cup final in 2009 where the team lost against Chelsea 2-1.
Baines didn’t win any prizes on the highest level in England but became champion in the second division with Wigan Athletic in 2002/2003. Baines is an experienced and confident player which is the vice capitain of Everton as well.
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.