Valencia vs Granada
Estadio de Mestalla is the venue as Valencia and Granada go head-to-head in their first La Liga encounter since March 2022.
Valencia overhauled a narrow half-time deficit to enter stoppages 2-1 up against Athletic Bilbao last weekend, only to concede a 97th-minute equalizer en route to extending their winless away league run to five matches. Ruben Baraja’s side bounced back with a 2-0 win over Logrones in midweek Copa del Rey action as they return home seeking any form of consistency after their five La Liga outings at Mestalla this term fluctuated between victories (3) and defeats (2). Scoring first could go a long way in helping Valencia post back-to-back home league wins for the first time since February/March, with four of their five home wins/losses in 2023/24 seeing the winner on the day register a shutout. Granada’s visit also bodes well, as ‘Los Che’ have won the last three top-flight H2Hs they’ve hosted.
On the other hand, Granada’s embarrassing La Liga return continued with a goal-glutted 3-2 home defeat to Villarreal earlier this week, condemning Paco Lopez’s side to a tenth winless top-flight fixure in 11 (D3, L7). Stuck in the drop zone, albeit only three points adrift of safety, the ‘Nazaries’ cannot be enthusiastic about leaving their home, knowing they’ve lost four out of five away league games this season (D1). Granada’s defensive woes are too grave to be overlooked, with the visitors conceding an alarming average of 2.8 goals across their first five La Liga travels this term. It only gets worse for the traveling fans as Granada’s winless all-time away H2H record against Valencia (D3, L27) hardly makes for good reading.