Alavés and Valencia put their good moment and their upward trend to the test with which they reached the stoppage for the national team matches and that they will want to keep in the tenth day of LaLiga Santander (follow the game live on As.com). In fact, Glorious has the best streak of the season after winning at Zorrilla, drawing at home against Barcelona and repeating, a few days later, in the Levante field. One of the problems that he is overcoming in recent days is that he ends the games with ten players due to the expulsions. Jota saw the red against Barcelona and did not play in Valencia. Before, Duarte also had to miss a day due to an expulsion. This week, the absentee will be Edgar Méndez.
Machín will surely line up Martín Aguirregabiria on the right wing. The player from Vitoria had hardly any prominence at the beginning of the campaign, but later it turned out that he had been dragging his leg discomfort since the preseason. Against Valencia they beat Tavares, who has been with Portugal under-21 for two weeks in a row and could only train yesterday in Saturday’s session. It would have been a good opportunity for him to acclimate to Alavés but his call has prevented him. There is still the question of whether the coach from Soria will come out with three centrals or with a 4-4-2.
You may even use both pictures throughout the same game. When the Vitoria team attacks, they do so with long bands leaving behind three centrals. But if the team retreats, Duarte becomes the fourth defender and the player who covers the left wing in the center of the field, is placed next to the three troops in the midfield: in this case, Jota Peleteiro. Precisely, the Galician will return to the team to reinforce the Albiazul attack. The only casualties will be Burgui and Pere Pons, apart from the sanctioned Edgar. The Badajoz is still convalescing for having tested positive for coronavirus while the Catalan has a fractured toe. On the contrary, Machín recovers Ximo Navarro (biceps femoris discomfort) and Lejeune (muscular problems).
Valencia faces this match with the hope that the break will not detract from the moral boost that its victory against Real Madrid gave it on the last day and to be able to give continuity to a victory that has placed him at the gates of European positions and has fattened his mattress with regard to dangerous positions. In fact, a victory in Mendizorroza would allow him to open a small gap of four points with respect to the Alava team, at a time when it is not known if both teams will be fighting for one thing or the other.
The challenge for the Valencian team is to join two consecutive wins for the first time this season, which in this case would join the previous meritorious draw against Getafe and would also allow them to link for the first time three days without losing. An oasis of stability in your turbulent campaign. The main unknown of Javi Gracia is in attack due to the physical problems of Maxi Gómez, his indisputable ‘nine’, and the unknown of Kang-in Lee, who left with a South Korea in which numerous positives for COVID-19 have been detected and that having to wait for the tests, which came back negative, has only been able to train with the group on Saturday. In the event that the Uruguayan is not available due to the trauma he is dragging on his right knee, the veteran Gameiro has an advantage over the young Manu Vallejo in the most advanced position and Guedes would be called to do the hitch.
The other question is whether the return of Correia after the sanction that prevented him from being against Madrid, leads Gracia to return the title to him on the right flank of the defense and to relocate Wass to the center with Carlos Soler or if, on the contrary, the Danish is still on the wing and Racic in the middle. Those who seem to have definitely convinced Gracia are Doménech at the goal, in this case unrivaled after Cillessen’s injury, the young central defender Guillamón and the winger Yunus Musah. The three already seem key in an eleven in which Paulista and Gayà are fixed.