Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Sevilla and Real Valladolid, the two teams with different ambitions in the season finale, face each other at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Los Sevillanos collected only three points in total from the previous three league fixtures, but it seems as if their performances are much better than the results. Julen Lopetegui’s men aim to cement their spot in top four, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at Real Valladolid.
The former Real Madrid boss has a full squad to choose from ahead of Friday’s clash. La Pucela, on the other hand, sit in the danger zone. Real Valladolid aim to put an end to their three-game winless run in La Liga, but beating Sevilla in Andalusia is easier said than done. Even though both Rubio and Michel return from suspension for the visitors, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts, who produced a splendid display against Villarreal, especially in the second half.
Highlighted Player (Luuk de Jong):
The 26-year-old Dutch striker Luuk de Jong is considered one of Europe’s deadliest strikers with his incredible return of goals in games he spends playing. Luuk de Jong began his football career at De Graafschap in 2008, but moved on to Twente only a year later.
The tally of 39 goals in 76 league appearances earned him a transfer to Borussia Monchengladbach, but his spell in Germany ended in disappointment. Bundesliga club attempted to revive his career by sending him out on loan to Newcastle United but his stint with the English club yielded even more disappointment and concluded in utter disaster with De Jong playing 12 games without scoring a single goal for the Magpies.
A return to Netherlands and PSV Eindhoven turned out to be a proper hit for the 26-year-old striker who has restored his scoring touch with more than 50 goals for the Boeren after less than 90 games.
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.