Valencia vs Eibar
Spain – LaLiga
Date: Saturday, 4 January 2019
Kick-off at 12:00 UK/ 13:00 CET
Venue: Estadio de Mestalla.
Valencia have slowly started to turn their season around, and they will pin a great deal of hope on the home advantage this weekend. Not only have they been performing well in front of the home crowd lately, but the visitors Eibar have not had a good season on the road this campaign as well.
Valencia vs Eibar Head-to-head (h2h)
- The last time these two met, Eibar won on the road 0-1.
- Five of the former seven matches failed to have goals from both teams.
- Eibar failed to score a single goal in two of their previous four visits to this venue.
- Valencia scored thrice or more in two of their last five appearances here.
Valencia vs Eibar Prediction
Valencia will surely be over the moon after they salvaged a point the last match-day on the road, in the 94th minute. They were being hosted by Valladolid, and were trailing 1-0 even into the injury time, when Manu Vallejo turned savior for the team.
Meanwhile, Eibar recorded a 3-0 victory at home the previous game week, over the newly promoted Granada.
As things stand, Eibar are on the back foot right away. Their performance on the road have been shambolic at best this season. In fact, they have a single win on the road this league campaign, and it had come against the 19th placed Leganes.
Going on, in total, Eibar have managed to secure just two wins from all their competitions so far in away fixtures this season, and the victory other than the one against Leganes was against SD Logrones, in the Copa del Rey. Keep note that the opponent were a lower tier team.
On the other hand, Valencia have lost just once in their last eleven match-days, and just thrice in their previous twenty games. At home, impressively they have lost just once in total this whole season, and it had come against Ajax in the Champions League.
Most importantly, take note that Valencia’s last three home games in a row were against Real Madrid, Villarreal, and Chelsea. Not only did they remain unbeaten in all these games, but scored twice or more in two of those as well.
Considering these observations, it’s rightfully adjudged that Valencia are the favorites to post the three points this Saturday.
However, consider the h2h superiority that Eibar have shown over the course of the last few years. They have recorded the last four h2h wins in a row, and have been unbeaten against this opponent in the past three years as well.
Eibar have also kept clean sheets in four of the prior seven h2h fixtures, and in the last three meetings at this venue. Furthermore, Eibar won two of the prior three h2h games at this ground, and have not lost against this rival since 2016.
Taking into account these notes, it’s deduced that while Valencia may have the upper hand, they might not be able to deliver a huge win. Eibar have been on a roll against this foe for quite some while, and they will ensure that if even if they lose, they will not do so by a heavy margin.
Likely, it’s building up to be a low goal-scoring affair.