Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Buoyed by back-to-back wins over Sevilla and Las Palmas, Valencia will look to keep their 100% record intact when they take on Osasuna on Matchday 3. Los Che are brimming with confidence ahead of Saturday’s clash, but they face a difficult task against a well-balanced Basque outfit. With no fresh injury worries to report, boss Ruben Baraja is unlikely to make changes to the team that defeated La Union Deportiva at the weekend.
Los Rojillos, on the other hand, aim to make amends for a 2-0 loss to Athletic Bilbao, but given Valencia’s promising start to the season, we predict that the visiting team will return to Pamplona empty-handed. Forward Ezequiel Avila is banned for the match, while midfielder Darko Brasanac has yet to overcome an ACL injury. In their last meeting at Estadio de Mestalla Valencia defeated Osasuna thanks to Justin Kluivert’s goal.
Highlighted Player (David Garcia):
David Garcia is a Spanish player who started his youth career at Maspalomas. After making 65 appearances for Vecindario in lower leagues, he joined Las Palmas in 2003. David Garcia is a centre back, but he is capable of playing as a right back if needed. He was born on 25 February, 1982 and it is more than obvious that he dedicated his football career to Las Palmas.
Garcia made his professional debut in September, 2013 in a 2-1 victory at Elche. However, he made no more than seven league appearances for Las Palmas in the 2003/2004 season. David Garcia, though, quickly established himself as a first-team regular and it has to be noted that he played 394 league games for los Amarillos until the 2016/2017 season.
He made 37 appearances for Las Palmas in the 2014/2015 Segunda Division campaign, helping the team secure promotion to the Spanish top flight, but he played no more than 19 games for the club in the 2015/2016 Primera Division campaign. His contract with Las Palmas expires on 30 June, 2017.
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.