Sports Mole previews Saturday’s La Liga clash between Las Palmas and Valencia, including predictions, team news and possible teams.
Valencia they will want to continue their push to go to the top six when they go The Palms Saturday evening due to interest in the main airline in Spain.
Los Che are currently seventh in the La Liga table, two points behind sixth-placed Real Sociedad, while Las Palmas are also having a strong season, currently in ninth place.
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Las Palmas finished second in the Segunda Division last season to earn promotion back to the top flight, and many tipped them to struggle this time around, but Los Amarillos are enjoying an exciting campaign.
Indeed, a record of nine wins, five draws and nine defeats from 23 games has seen them amass 32 points, which is good enough for ninth in the table, three points behind their opponents in the competition.
Las Palmas narrowly lost at home to Real Madrid in their last game last month before drawing 1-1 with Granada on February 3, and will now bid for a comeback win on Saturday.
Garcia PimientaThe team has the second best defensive record in La Liga this season, scoring 20 times in 23 games, but conceding just 23 times, the fifth worst record in the league.
Las Palmas recorded a 2-1 win over Valencia when the two sides last locked horns at the Estadio Gran Canaria in January 2018, but Los Che won 1-0 in the second leg earlier this season.
Valencia go into the match on the back of a 2-1 home win against Almeria, a result that saw them sit seventh in the table, boasting 35 points from their 23 league games.
Los Che are just two points behind sixth-placed Real Sociedad, a position that would see them, as it stands, qualify for the Conference League.
Valencia finished 16th last term, which was their worst position in the top flight since they were relegated at the end of the 1985-86 campaign, but there has been a big turnaround this season, and the top six finishes are gone. Definitely go down as a great season.
Ruben BarajaThe team has been strong at home this term, but their away form has not been good, winning just three out of 12 matches, losing five times.
Valencia’s only league defeat since December 8 was 2-0 at Atletico Madrid on January 28, but they have won two of their last three league games, including a 4-1 win at Cadiz last month.
Las Palmas La Liga form:
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Valencia La Liga form:
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Las Palmas will disappear again Benito Ramirez due to a tendon problem, where Aaron Scandell he has been suspended following his red card against Granada, which occurred while on the bench.
The home side should also make checks on the strength of Eric Curbelo, Alvaro Lemos and Javi Munozbut Julian Araujo he has now served a four-game suspension and is available for the game.
Sandro Ramirez has also been established to lead the line and support from Munir El Haddadi and Alberto Moleiro in many areas, while Marvin Park he is expected to keep his place at right back.
In Valencia, Diego López and Andrew Almeida with great doubt, when Thierry Correia and Sergi Canos they are not diagnosed with hip and hamstring problems respectively.
However, Mouctar Diakhaby‘Guinea’s participation in the Africa Cup of Nations is now over, so the defenders should be in the squad again.
If Diego Lopez fails to produce, that is Fran Perez should be introduced in a larger area, where Hugo Duro and Roman Yaremchuk are expected to continue as the top two this weekend.
How to start Las Palmas:
Plains; Park, Suarez, Marmol, S Cardona; El Haddadi, Loiodice, Perrone, K Rodriguez, Moleiro; Sandra
Valencia is expected to start:
Mamadashvili; Foulquier, Mosquera, Ozkacar, Gaya; Perez, Pepelu, Guillamon, Guerra; Difficulty, Yaremchuk
We say: Las Palmas 1-1 Valencia
Las Palmas have lost just three times at home this season, while Valencia have won just three times. Strong cases can be made for both teams to win on Saturday, but we’re expecting a very tight game and we had to settle for a less-than-stellar game.
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