Spain: La Liga
Match start: 18:30 (GMT+1)
If to compare outcomes of València in summer-autumn stage of the current Spanish season with winter outcomes, then considerable regress is obvious. In the first thirteen rounds the Bats won nine victories with four draws and were the main rivals of Barcelona in fight for a new championship title.
But within three winter months Marcelino 's team as if it is absolutely different team. Alas, in eleven last rounds the balance of the Black and Whites was negative (+5=0-6).
València (the head coach Marcelino)
As a result of such winter failure the vice-champion of Europe 2000, 2001 not only lost the second position, having given it to Atlético. Last Wednesday, after the guest victory of Real Madrid in the postponed December match against Alaves (1:3), València is taking the 4th line.
Barcelona - 62, Atlético - 55, Real - 48, València - 46, Sevilla - 39...
But, to tell the truth, in the modern championship of Spain there is no special difference between the third and fourth place.
Real Sociedad (the head coach Eusebio Sacristán)
We will remind you that according to the changed regulations of the UEFA Champions League, now four best Spanish teams are getting the berths into the main goal net of the European Champion Clubs' Cup.
By the way, a few years ago the closest rival of València also was a participant of group stage of the Champions League. But now Eusebio Sacristán’s team is taking the lower part of standings (the 12th place) but is already at considerable distance from a relegation zone (11 points).
For this reason with each played match the club of the Basque Country, the second by its status, is gradually losing the tournament motivation.
Another thing is happening to Valencia! Marcelino's team doesn’t have a right to relax as behind its back there are not less ambitious opponents - Sevilla and Villarreal which are also dreaming of the berth into the Champions League. And therefore in the forthcoming match our choice is obvious.
València – 1.70, draw – 4.00, Real Sociedad – 4.75;
Our tip: València to win - odds 1.74 5Dimes