Sevilla look to close the gap on league leaders Real Madrid as they meet with Valencia in a Wednesday La Liga clash.
With COVID, injuries and the African Cup of Nations, both teams figure to be shorthanded. Regardless, Sevilla are favorites according to the latest soccer odds.
- Game: Valencia CF vs Sevilla FC
- Location: Estadio de Mestalla, Valencia, Spain
- Date/Time: Wednesday, Jan. 19th, 3:30 p.m. ET
Valencia vs Sevilla Head-to-Head
Sevilla and Valencia have already met once this season. Sevilla managed to defeat Valencia for a fifth straight time, scoring three goals within 25 minutes in the 3-1 win.
Valencia Will Be Shorthanded
Valencia ended Atletico Baleares’ impressive Copa del Rey run with Sunday’s 1-0 win. The game’s only goal came within the first minute, as defensive mixup allowed Marcos Andre to waltz through and finish easily.
Third-division Baleares had defeated La Liga teams Getafe and Celta Vigo in the competition prior to falling to Valencia. The only wins for Los Murcielagos in 2022 have come in the Copa del Rey, as they’ve fallen to both Mallorca and Real Madrid in La Liga thus far.
Real Madrid embarrassed Valencia last time out, the Los Blancos cruising to a 4-1 win. Valencia have often cracked under the pressure of big matches this season. They’re winless against the top six teams in La Liga., going 0-5-2 and a poor pick for betting online.
However, Valencia have found the net in 10 straight matches in all competitions. Defenses have to pay particularly close attention to forward Goncalo Guedes.
Guedes is joint top-scorer on the club, along with injured midfielder Carlos Soler. Los Murcielagos will be shorthanded in this one, as wingers Helder Costa and Denis Cheryshev, midfielder Daniel Wass and forward Maxi Gomez have all tested positive for COVID.
Sevilla Handed First Loss of 2022
Feeling the weight of some important absences, Sevilla fell to Real Betis in a Seville derby in the Copa Del Rey round of 16, 2-1.
Sevilla recently completed the signing of Mexican International Jesus “Tecatito” Corona from Porto. Corona, who can play as a right winger or right back, will reunite with his old manager, Julen Lopetegui.
Corona’s arrival is a timely one, given that right wingers Erik Lamela and Suso are both nursing long-term injuries at the moment. Furthermore, Moroccan international goalkeeper Bono and forwards Munir El Haddadi and Youssef En-Nesyri are all at the African Cup of Nations for the month of January.
Rafa Mir and Lucas Ocampos are tasked with scoring for a Sevilla side within striking distance of league-leading Real Madrid. With a win, Los Sevillistas would be just two points behind Real.
Sevilla have been one of the best recent soccer picks, undefeated in their last six La Liga matches heading into Wednesday.
Valencia vs Sevilla Prediction
To just pick Sevilla would be easy, but their absences are not insignificant, although GK Marko Dmitrovic has kept two clean sheets in three La Liga appearances when Bono’s been out.
Valencia’s COVID situation is also quite concerning, leaving them vulnerable in multiple areas of the pitch. Interestingly, Valencia have been shut out in four of their last five meetings with Sevilla and their goal streak appears to be at risk here.
Both teams are shorthanded, but Sevilla are still the stronger side and should extend their win streak vs Valencia here. Go to sports bets online and take Sevilla at anything over even odds.
Pick: Sevilla (+140)