Our prediction for this match:
After sharing the spoils with each of their previous five rivals in pre-season, Sion will be looking to return to winning ways when they take on famous Spanish side Valencia in yet another warm-up game. The Swiss outfit have been struggling in front of goal in pre-season, but it has to be noted that they managed to keep four clean sheets in previous five friendly games.
Sion are likely to rely on their solid defence in Tuesday’s football match, but preventing los Che from scoring is easier said than done. Valencia, who did well to beat Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final in May, continue their preparations for the 2019/2020 La Liga season. The club owners did well to keep hold of key players in the summer transfer window, meaning that they have big ambitions for the 2019/2020 season. Anyhow, Valencia are more of a team than Sion and away win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Ezequiel Garay):
Ezequiel Garay is an Argentine defender who plays for Russian side Zenit Saint Petersburg. Garay was born on 10 October, 1986 in Rosario, Argentina and he began his senior career at his hometown club Newell’s Old Boys. After making 14 league appearances for the Argentine outfit, Garay moved to Spain in 2005, signing a deal with Racing Santander.
Real Madrid scouts quickly spotted the Argentine defender and on 18 May, 2008 he joined the Spanish giants. Garay made 31 league appearances for Real Madrid and in 2011 he signed a contract with Benfica. He played for the Eagles from 2011 to 2014 and then he moved to Zenit Saint Petersburg. In the 2016 summer transfer window he returned to La Liga, signing a deal with Valencia.
Speaking of his international career, Garay was part of Argentine U-20 team that won the FIFA World Cup in Netherlands. The Argentine footballer made his debut for the national team on 22 August, 2007 in a 2-1 loss to Norway.
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.