Valencia v Alaves – Thursday 21:00, Sky Sports 2
Valencia slumped to their fourth defeat of the season as they were beaten 2-1 at Bilbao, despite going 1-0 up, to leave them rooted to the foot of the table and make Gary Neville feel a little better about the W3-D5-L8 record he had at the club. Promoted Alaves, meanwhile, have gotten off to a fantastic start as they remain unbeaten, despite travelling to Atletico and Barca, where they picked up a remarkable 2-1 win.
Having been unbeaten in their first 10 home games last term, Valencia have since lost eight of their last 11 at the Mestalla as the wheels appear to have fallen off and they haven’t been helped by the sale of two of their best performers last term in Gomes and Alcacer. Indeed, they picked up just two points from their home games against promoted sides last season and as a result we’re certainly taking them on at 1.62 and are backing Alaves or Draw Double Chance.
10 of Alaves’s 21 wins in the Segunda last term came on the road as they’re generally a side who keep things tight defensively and try to play on the counter and that style is certainly suited to travelling to teams that will dominate the ball, as they’ve already proved at Atletico and Barca.
Conversely, Valencia are probably better off playing on the road at the moment given the discontent amongst their fans and as a result this looks an excellent opportunity for Alaves to maintain their unbeaten record.