Our match prediction:
Valencia experienced all sorts of problems under Gary Neville last season. Los Che finished the season in 12th place in the standings and they are determined to make amends for the unsuccessful campaign. Pako Ayestaran’s men are likely to go all guns blazing at Las Palmas in their opener, but los Amarillos should not be written off just yet. Las Palmas impressed last season and they finished the 2015/2016 La Liga campaign in 11th place in the standings, just above Valencia. Considering that the visitors are likely to stick to their attacking style of play, we predict that over 2.5 goals will be scored in Monday’s football game at Estadio de Mestalla. Anyhow, Valencia should pick up all three points from the match as they are a real force to be reckoned with at home. Paco Alcacer is still part of the team and he is likely to lead the line for the hosts against Las Palmas.
Highligted Player (Nani):
Nani is a product of Sporting CP’s famous youth academy. The pacey winger played 58 games for the capital club in Primeira Liga, scoring nine goals and in 2007 he joined Premier League side Manchester United. He signed a five-year deal with the Old Trafford outfit for a fee of €25.5 million. He joined his compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo at Man Utd and it has to be noted that Nani he spent eight seasons at the club. In 2014 he returned to Sporting (loan) and at the end of the 2014/2015 Primeira Liga campaign he moved to Turkish side Fenerbahce. In 2016 he signed a three-year deal with Valencia for an undisclosed fee. Speaking of his international career, Nani did remarkably well to win the 2016 European Championship trophy with Portugal and it has to be noted that he started against France in the title game. The Portuguese winger won the 2007/2008 Champions League trophy with Manchester United.
Highlighted Team (Las Palmas):
Las Palmas are a Spanish football club based in the Canary Islands. The club was founded on 22 August, 1949. Los Amarillos play in Spanish La Liga and the team’s home ground is Estadio Gran Canaria. The stadium was opened in 2003 and it’s current capacity is 32,150. Miguel Angel Ramirez is the club’s chairman and the club’s main rivals are Tenerife. Las Palmas impressed in the 2015/2016 La Liga campaign, with the team finishing the season in 11th place in the standings. However, it has to be noted that los Amarillos finished the 1968/1969 Primera Division campaign in second place in the table, 11 points behind Spanish giants Real Madrid. Speaking of Copa del Rey, Las Palmas made it to the final of the Spanish Cup in 1978. Las Palmas eliminated Sporting Gijon in the semis (5-3), but Barcelona outplayed los Amarillos in the title game (3-1).