Valencia vs. Espanyol 7/16/20 La Liga Soccer Picks and Prediction
Espanyol (5-9-22) at Valencia (13-11-12)
La Liga Soccer: Thursday July 16, 2020 at 3:00 PM (Estadio de Mestalia)
The Line: Valencia -180 / Draw +315 / Espanyol +525 -- O/U: 2.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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Valencia takes on Espanyol in La Liga soccer action from the Estadio de Mestalia on Thursday afternoon.
Valencia enters this match in 9th place, tied with Granada on 50 points with a record of 13 wins, 11 draws and 12 losses following a 1-0 loss to Leganes in their last match. In the loss to Leganes, Valencia fell behind in the 18th minute when Leganes would score from the penalty spot. The lead would hold into the second half when Valencia were given an opportunity to tie the game at one but Daniel Parejo would miss from the penalty spot. Valencia would try to find an equalizing goal over the last 30+ minutes but it never came as Leganes held on for the win. Maxi Gomez leads Valencia in scoring with 10 goals while Daniel Parejo has 8 goals and Rodrigo Moreno has a team-high 7 assists this season.
Espanyol come into the game in last place, 20th out of 20 teams with 24 points and a record of 5 wins, 9 draws and 22 losses following a 2-0 loss to Eibar last time out. In the defeat against Eibar, Espanyol fell behind in the 25th minute from the penalty spot and Eibar had a chance to go up 2-0 with a second penalty which they would miss, but the shooter would put home the rebound to take the two-goal lead. Espanyol dominated possession, with 72% possession in the match and 73% possession in the second half, but in the end, Eibar would hold on to the two-goal lead and send Espanyol back empty-handed once again. Raul de Tomas, Wu Lei and David Lopez each have a team-high 4 goals while Adrian Embarba leads Espanyol in assists with 4 assists this season. Diego Lopez is Espanyol’s top goalkeeper, conceding 1.52 goals per 90 minutes with 4 clean sheets in 35 league appearances this season.
Valencia’s been terrible for the most part since the restart, but the fact is they’re the only team playing for something at this point as the slim hopes of a Europa League spot are still alive, but they need a ton of help. Espanyol has lost 7 straight games, is guarantted to finish in last place and are just going down without a fight. I’ll side with Valencia as they’ve done their best work at home this season and to get a more favorable price, I’ll side with Valencia to win to nil against an Espanyol team that just has no drive at this point.
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