Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Granada will be aiming to bounce back from a 2-0 loss to Real Madrid when they host Real Valladolid at their Estadio Nuevo los Carmenes on Matchday 10. The Andalusians are hit by coronavirus, meaning that once again several first-team regulars could miss the league game. The good news for the hosts is that midfielder Maxime Gonalons returns from suspension. La Pucela, on the other hand, aim to build on a 2-1 win over Athletic Club.
Real Valladolid are brimming with confidence ahead of the trip to Andalusia, and we predict that they are going to grab something from Sunday’s football match. A man to watch in the away team will be former Celta and Eibar winger Fabio Orellana, who is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. Anyhow, a close encounter is on the cards at Estadio Nuevo los Carmenes, and we are tempted to put our money on draw.
Highlighted Player (Maxime Gonalons):
The 27-year-old France international defensive midfielder Maxime Gonalons has been with Lyon since the tender age of 10, climbing through the club’s rank all the way to the first-team regular and club captain. Gonalons made his competitive debut for Lyon in 2009 against Anderlecht in the UEFA Champions League playoof round when he came on for Jeremy Toulalan.
During the seven seasons with Lyon’s first-team, Maxime Gonalons established himself as the mainstay completing the total of 212 Ligue 1 appearances. Reliable midfielder has been a major impact in Lyon’s Champions League challenges as well, taking part in all of his club’s five appearances in Europe’s elite competition last year.
Playing in the holding role at Lyon, Maxime Gonalons’ influence is pivotal as the French international adds much needed steel to the midfield allowing his more creative teammates the freedom and carelessness upfront. His locker room impact is equally crucial as the 27-year-old midfielder is an imposing figure both on and off the pitch.
Highlighted Team (Valladolid):
Real Valladolid is a Spanish club based in Valladolid, the part of the autonomous community of Castille and Leon. Founded in 1928, Real Valladolid play their home matches at Jose Zorilla, the venue that has the capacity 26,512. La Pucela have yet to win the La Liga title, but it is important to note that they finished fourth at the end of the 1962/1963 season.
Real Valladolid made it to the Spanish Cup final on two occasions (1949/1950, 1988/1989). In 1984 they won Copa de la Liga (League Cup), which is considered the team’s biggest success. Speaking of their European records, Real Valladolid participated in the 1989/1990 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup quarter-finals.
La Pucela are well known for their purple and white shirts, but they are known for some top-class footballers as well. The likes of Diego Costa, Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Borja Fernandez, Rene Higuita, Luis Garcia and Aritz Aduriz played for Real Valladolid in the past.