Valencia need to capitalize on their La Liga form if they want a head start in the first Copa del Rey against Espanyol. The interesting statistic for this match is that in their last five head to head games the two teams not only have been alternating between winning, but also making time to record two draws. Valencia won the competition seven times, have been in a final 10 times and the last them they won it was back in 2008.
Espanyol bowed out of Copa del Rey last season against Real Madrid with 0-2 on aggregate. While Valencia lost against Atletico with 3-1 on aggregate. Victor Sanchez will miss the first leg due to suspension, while Valencia will have to be without Dani Parejo for the same reasons. Valencia received bad news when they were told that Pablo Piatti will have to miss at least four weeks after the injury he got during the win against Real Madrid, while Diego Alves is still to be submitted to tests to see if he can play against Espanyol.
The visitors usually have no problems with the teams placed lower than them in the La Liga table, exception being the fact that they somehow managed to lose against Eibar. Considering Valencia are on the 4th place in La Liga, with only 3 points behind the top three teams, expect at least two goals being scored. Paco Alcacer is Valencia’s best goalscorer so far, even if you could easily bet on Negredo to finally score and stop assisting. The bookmakers are more than generous with their odds in this department: Negredo and Alcacer both have 1.95 odds to score, Piatti 2.37 and Enzo Perez 3.40. For Espanyol, Sergio Garcia has 3.25 odds to score, while Stuani, Caicedo and Morilla all have 3.60.
There is no doubt with bookies or the tipsters about the potential winner. William Hill gives Valencia 1.53 odds to win, Espanyol got 7.00 and a draw in the first leg has 3.75 odds. Valencia with a -1 handicap has 2.45 odds, Espanyol with a -1 one 2.40 and over 2.5 goals comes with 1.91 odds. Considering Valencia are after a match with the La Liga leaders we are going to bet 5 units on the coupled betting market of Valencia to win and both teams to score with 3.50 odds from William Hill.