Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Villarreal and Valencia square off against each other in a highly-anticipated clash at Estadio de la Ceramica. Following three consecutive wins in La Liga, Villarreal shared the spoils with Sevilla in midweek to keep their Champions League hopes alive. The Yellow Submarine are high on confidence ahead of the visit of Valencia, and the good news for the hosts is that experienced midfielder Bruno has overcome his long-term injury.
Los Che, on the other hand, have been having their ups and downs in La Liga ever since they restarted the season. Albert Celades’ men are eyeing a place in European competitions, and given their attacking potential, we believe that both teams to score bet should be considered. A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be Spanish attacker Rodrigo, who has found his goal-scoring touch of late. Villarreal duo Manu Trigueros – Alberto Moreno misses the game through suspension.
Highlighted Player (Carlos Bacca):
One of the most talented strikers of this generation, the 29-year-old Carlos Bacca began his senior professional career at Atletico Junior. He caught attention with his exploits and ended up as top scorer in the league in 2010. Bacca signed with Club Brigge in 2012 where he was the league’s top scorer in the only full season he played for them.
It was his move to Spanish club Sevilla that brought the best out of Bacca. The striker was an integral part of the team that won the UEFA Europa league in his first two years with the club. Having been courted by many top sides across the world, Bacca signed with Serie A side Milan in 2015 for a reported fee of €30 million.
Bacca is well known for his pace and aggression which has won him 27 caps and 11 goals on international duty with Colombia, since 2012.
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.