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La Liga preview and odds: Valencia vs. Las Palmas

Published on: 19/11/2015

La Liga preview and odds: Valencia vs. Las Palmas

November 21, 2015 21:00pm - Mestalla

La Liga

Valencia are unbeaten in the league at Estadio de Mestalla this term and now face the challenge of a lowly Las Palmas side boosted by the arrival of new Coach Quique Setien.

Valencia back in Euro hunt

After finishing last season in the top four, Valencia started the new term with just one win in five and were left languishing in the wrong half of the table. Since then, things have picked up for Nuno’s men - with four wins in their last six games, they have propelled themselves back up the table and are now sitting in seventh place just three points shy of that coveted fourth spot.

The revival was emphasised last time out when they travelled to Galicia and demolished top-four dwellers Celta de Vigo 5-1 in their own backyard. A weekend win at home to one of the clubs in the relegation zone could push them within striking distance of the top four.

Solid start for Setien

After leading out Las Palmas for the very first time in the 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid at the Bernabeu, Quique Setien claimed his first win as boss of the Canary Islanders with a 2-0 victory at home to Real Sociedad. A victory that ultimately brought an end to David Moyes’ reign in charge of the Basque Country team.

This will be the first time that Los Amarillos have faced Los Che since 2002 when Valencia prevailed 0-1 thanks to a strike from Mista. The Islanders have already shown improvement since the former Lugo boss arrived, but they will have their work cut out if they are going to take anything away from fortress Mestalla.

Team news

Valencia will be without the injured trio of Diego Alves, Alvaro Negredo and Rodrigo, while Golden Boy candidate Zakaria Bakkali remains a doubt.

Meanwhile, the visitors will have to make do without former youth team graduates Javi Castellano and Angel Lopez.

Recent form (League)

Valencia: WWLWL

Las Palmas: WLDLL

Betting odds and tips

Valencia are going into this game on the back of a 17-game unbeaten home run in La Liga that stretches back until November last year when they fell by a single goal to Barcelona. That was their only defeat in their last 25 league games at the Mestalla. In total, they have won 13 and drawn four of their last 17 home league games on home soil.

In addition, Valencia have kept clean sheets in four of their five home games this term, having conceded just one goal in their opener against Deportivo La Coruna. You can back the home side to win to nil at 6/4 with Bet365.

Published on: 19/11/2015

Any odds displayed within this preview were correct at the time of publishing (19/11/2015 13:57:16) but are subject to change.