21 December 2019 live
Valladolid desperately need to halt a run of five consecutive La Liga (LL) matches without scoring, especially if they are to claim their first home win over Valencia in nearly two decades. Encouragingly, they remain unbeaten when opening the scoring at any venue (W4, D2), but are winless when failing to do so (D2, L6).
With both teams scoring in just six of Valladolid’s 17 LL matches this term, the importance of the first goal is further underlined. They conceded the opening goal on both occasions against Valencia last season, recovering just a single point from a possible six after doing so.
Valencia could easily disrupt that theme, as no LL club has a better away record when conceding the first goal of the match after 17 weeks than ‘Los Ches’ (W2, D1, L2). A fairly reliable record of: W2, L1 as a travelling favourite potentially boosts Valencia’s chances of victory here, even if they concede first.
A half-time lead either way may not guarantee much, given that the half-time result has not been replicated at full-time in any of Valencia’s last five road matches. Furthermore, a significant 13 of Valencia’s 17 LL matches to date have seen both teams score, giving this one an unpredictable feel.
Players to watch: Despite recently serving a suspension, Joaquín Fernández (VLD) collected his sixth booking of the season immediately upon his return.
Dani Parejo’s (VAL) only goal from seven appearances against Valladolid came last year when he opened the scoring in the 71st minute.
Stat attack: Valladolid are yet to win as an outsider at home (D2, L1) in this league campaign.
Valencia have won the ‘race to three corners’ in 50% of their eight LL away games this season.
Referee Valentín Pizarro Gómez is awarding an average of just 3.63 yellow cards per game.
What time is kick off?
The match begins at 21:00.