Previous Eibar vs Valencia
The action on Thursday night in La Liga begins in Ipurua and it’s a great game for both sides. Eibar is in the middle of the downhill scrap and will offer to distance itself between them and the bottom three, while Valencia needs the points to further their European ambitions.
Certainly, the pressure is on both sides, which are a few more than the bad results of the really disastrous seasons. Of course, it is always worth noting that Eibar is a small club that is hitting above its weight even at this level and has set a very high standard in recent years. However, they haven’t really reached their own standards for much of this season. They have taken 2 points in 3 games since the restart, which is not a horrible return if you consider that they have played against Real Madrid, Athletic and Getafe, but they could win with a victory to increase their survival hopes.
Valencia won its first match after the season break by beating Osasuna 2-0 at Mestalla the last time. However, they are now 7 points from the top four and face a battle only to reach the Europa League spots, which may be their most realistic goal now. Certainly, the pressure is on Albert Celades and it wouldn’t be a surprise if we had to see a manager change in Valencia this summer.
Both sides are likely to line up 4-4-2, but they are very different teams in terms of how they look to play. Eibar pushes very high and sometimes leaves space behind, while Valencia remains a counterattack team that is happy to go deeper and play at halftime, especially when they are away. That makes an interesting pairing and it will be interesting to see who wins here.
Eibar vs Valencia Predictions
Score Prediction: 1-1 Draw
It is really difficult to choose a winner here. Eibar played well against Athletic in their first home game after the restart and had the bad luck of not winning the game. A similar level of performance here should at least yield one point against a Valencia team that has a poor average of just 0.86 points per game on the road this term.
Eibar vs Valencia H2H
Last 6 competitive matches: 1 victory for Valencia, 3 victories for Eibar, 2 draws.
Valencia won 1-0 when the teams met at Mestalla earlier this period.
Eibar had gone 5 without loss against Los Che before that.
Valencia have not won any of their last 4 trips to Ipurua.
Planned ascent line
Eibar team:
Dmitrovic – Cote, Bigas, Oliveira, Correa – Orellana, Escalante, Exposito, Leon – Charles, Garcia (4-4-2)
Valencia team:
Cillessen – Gaya, Gabriel, Guillamon, Wass – Guedes, Kondogbia, Parejo, Torres – Gameiro, Rodrigo (4-4-2)

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