Valencia VS Las Palmas Prediction
Last game from the opening La Liga round in season 2016-2017 will be held at “Estadio de Mestalla” where Valencia and Las Palmas will close it. Surprisingly Las Palmas have finished above Valencia last season when club from The Canary Islands and “Los Che” were sharing the same number of points (44), but Las Palmas had better results in their direct encounters against Valencia. Their positions were 11th and 12th, and if “Yellows” from Las Palmas can be content with that achievement, then Valencia surely isn’t and Pako Ayestarán has spent his first transfer summer after its head coach appointment in end of March.
Valencia aims for much better positioning and that was the reason why Pako Ayestarán was appointed on Gary Neville’s position, being initially appointed as part of his coaching staff. Well, after all unpleasing results of “The Bats” in season 2015-2016, they must show different face in the new year and this must happen without several players who have left the club. Antonio Barragán, Javi Fuego, Danilo, Andre Gomes, Pablo Piatti, Sofiane Feghouli, Denis Cheryshev and Alvaro Negredo were all names who have returned into their parent clubs, others were loaned or even sold. Biggest transfer from all was undoubtedly of the UEFA Euro 2016 champion Andre Gomes, who has joined the La Liga champions Barcelona for the impressive fee of €35 million plus €20 million in add-ons.
All these departures require proper replacements and except transfer of another Euro 2016 winner Nani, all other arrivals at “Mestalla” are coming on loan. Unfortunately, Pako Ayestarán cannot rely to his star signing Nani as he must serve a suspension so he will miss tonight’s fixture. Same goes for Rodrigo Machado, whilst Guilherme Siqueira remains doubtful.
Las Palmas are still led by Quique Setien and that’s expected after their good positioning last season. They finished 11th in their first promotion since the Segunda Division relegation after 2001–02 La Liga season, so “Los Amarillos” can feel stable and optimistic about their La Liga future, of course, if they manage to improve or at least to keep similar level as last year. .
Club was strengthened by some interesting names in the summer transfer window as their biggest strike is definitely Kevin-Prince Boateng’s arrival. He is set to make his La Liga debut tonight and German-Ghanaian footballer will look to revive his career.
Michel Macedo is another from the new signings who are expected to find their place in Quique Setién’s starting XI tonight, while Helder Lopes goes to the injury list where he’s next to Hernán and Javi Castellano. Besides all injuries Mauricio Lemos will miss the opening round due to suspension.
La Liga: Valencia vs Las Palmas – Possible Squads and Betting Tip
Last season Valencia and Las Palmas had four meetings as except both La Liga encounters, “Los Che” has eliminated Las Palmas out of the Copa del Rey. These fixtures were first between both sides after season 2001-02 when Valencia were on top of the standings, becoming champions for the fifth time, while tears were for Las Palmas and their 18th position.
This time Valencia is far from the club which they were in first years of the 21st century but everyone at “Mestalla” is eager for much better performances, compared to last year’s. Indeed, Valencia can definitely show more and we expect better football by “The Bats” this season, which goes through a potential deep contention for Champions League football next year.
Our suggestion is that Valencia can grab all the points vs Las Palmas – Valencia is the pick which suits into our betting slip.
Venue: “Estadio de Mestalla”, Valencia.
Referee: Iñaki Bikandi.
Possible starting squads of Valencia and Las Palmas
Valencia CF: Mathew Ryan – João Cancelo, Shkodran Mustafi, Aymen Abdennour, Jose Luis Gaya – Dani Parejo, Enzo Perez, Alvaro Medran – Santi Mina, Federico Cartabia, Paco Alcacer. (4-3-3)
Missing players – Guilherme Siqueira (doubtful), Nani and Rodrigo are both suspended.
UD Las Palmas: Javi Varas – Míchel Macedo, David García, Pedro Bigas, Dani Castellano – Roque Mesa, Vicente Gómez, Kevin-Prince Boateng – Nabil El Zhar, Jonathan Viera, Sergio Araujo. (4-3-3)
Missing players – Mauricio Lemos is suspended, Hélder Lopes, Javi Castellano and Hernán are injured.