Valencia vs. Sporting Gijon / Copa del Rey – Valencia was deemed as a great favourite to win before the 1st leg but it didn’t justify on the pitch and now Sporting has the advantage. The second-division team won at home 2-1, which was definitely a surprise, but it is not result that Valencia cannot catch. Last weekend Valencia drew at home in the league, while Sporting did the same away. Two years ago league match between the two teams played in Valencia ended as 1-1 draw.
Valencia vs Sporting Gijon begins 15.01.2019 at 21:30 CET
Another weak period for Valenica as it won just once in previous six league rounds and lost the 1st leg against Sporting. The only positive thing about the defeat is that Valencia scored a goal and now even a minimal triumph will send them in the next round. However, if we take into consideration how Valencia plays recently it will be very hard to achieve as it failed to win Valladolid at home last Saturday. They did dominate and created chances, while Rodrigo even missed a penalty. That time their best team was on the pitch, while now, just like in Gijon, a combined team goes on the pitch but without Kondogbia and Guedes.
Probable lineups Valencia: Domenech – Piccini, R. Vezo, Diakhaby, Lato – F. Torres, Coquelin, Lee, Cheryshev – Gameiro, Santi Mina
Sporting is not doing well in the Segunda and right now this team is positioned in the lower part of table, having three-game winless streak. Interestingly, they lost at home in the same period and pulled two draw away. The defeat by Saragossa was the first at home this season and in general they win more points in front of their fans. They played good in the Copa del Ray and had overcame two obstacles without defeat before facing Valencia. Last Saturday they received an equaliser for the final 1-1 with Albacete four minutes before the end but the team will not be the same now like in that match.
Probable lineups Sporting Gijon: Martin – Molinero, J. Rodriguez, Babin, Canella – Santana, Cofie, Sousa, P. Perez – Jumenez, Noblejas
Valencia vs Sporting Gijon PICK
Valencia shouldn’t allow embarrassment to be eliminated from the Cup despite Sporting’s advantage, which is anyway not significant. We believe the home team will attack from the first minute and try to win by sound difference in order to peacefully reach the quarter-finals.
Pick: Asian handicap -1.5 Valencia
Odds: 1.80 at bethard (down to 1.70 can be played)
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