Our match prediction:
Out-of-sorts Valencia will be looking to put an end to their four-game losing run in La Liga when they welcome newcomers Deportivo Alaves at their Estadio de Mestalla. Los Che have been struggling in the Spanish top flight at the start of the season and, no doubt, the likes of Alcacer, Gomes and Feghouli are going to be sorely missed in the 2016/2017 La Liga campaign. Anyhow, Valencia need to take Thursday’s football match against Alaves very seriously as situation at Estadio de Mestalla is alarming ahead of Matchday 5. Coach Pako Ayestaran is under big pressure at the moment, but the match against Mauricio Pellegrino’s charges could be the turning point for los Che. Valencia want this win more than their rivals and despite the fact that Alaves defeated Barcelona at Camp Nou in their last away game of the season, we predict that los Che are going to record their first win of the season on Thursday evening.
Highligted Player (Cherychev):
Probably the most famous Russian footballer never to have played for a domestic club, Denis Cheryshev was born in Nizhny Novgorod, but began his career at Sporting Gijon as his father played for the Spanish side at the time. The talented winger eventually caught the eye of Real Madrid and went on to spend eight years in the youth academy at Santiago Bernabeu before he was given a chance to impress on senior level. Due to a fierce competition for places in Madrid, Cheryshev was forced to gain much needed first team experience via loan spells at Sevilla, Villarreal and Valencia, and he showed a great deal of potential during those stints, proving los Blancos were wrong to let him leave. Chersyhev has been in and out of the Russia national team since making his debut in 2012, but there is a good chance he will become an important member of Sbornaya Komanda as soon as he secures regular playing time at club level. The Russian footballer is capable of operating on either wing or through the middle, and he has proved to be quite prolific in terms of both goals and assists.
Highlighted Team (Alaves):
Alaves are a Spanish football club located in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Alava. The club were founded in 1921 and they play their home games at Estadio Mendizorrotza. The capacity of the stadium is 19,840 and it has to be noted that it is the third oldest stadium in Spanish football. After spending several years in the Spanish Segunda Division, los Babazorros returned to the top flight in 2016. The colour of Alaves’ home kit is blue and white and the club’s local rivals are fellow Basque sides Real Sociedad, Athletic Club, Osasuna and Eibar. Alaves made it to the UEFA CUP final in 2001, but they were beaten by Liverpool 5-4 in a thrilling football clash. Anyhow, that is still regarded as the club’s biggest success. Los Babazorros booked their place in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals on four occasions and they have yet to win the Primera Division trophy.