Valencia and Cadiz will be in action in La Liga for the first time this year when they lock horns at the Mestalla on Friday (January 6). The visitors will head into the weekend looking to snap their three-game winless run against Los Che and move out of the relegation zone.
Valencia, meanwhile, kicked off the new year on a high with a 3-0 victory over La Nucia in the Round of 32 of the Copa del Rey on Tuesday. Before that, Gennaro Gattuso’s men were on a three-game losing streak across competitions, including a 2-1 league defeat against Villareal on New Year’s Eve. With 19 points from 15 games, Valencia are tenth in La Liga, level on points with 11th-placed Mallorca.
Meanwhile, Cadiz failed to find their feet in the league last time out, as they played out a 1-1 draw with Almeria on December 31. They are now winless in three La Liga games, managing just one victory in their last nine since September. With 12 points from 15 matches, Cadiz are 19th in the standings but could rise to 16th with all three points this weekend.
Valencia will look to build on their comprehensive cup win as they step into the business end of the season. Cadiz, meanwhile, have put together a fine run. While they should put up a fight, Los Che should claim all three points in front of their fans.
Prediction: Valencia 2-1 Cadiz
This match will start from 1:30 am
This match will take place on 7 January, 2023
Valencia will be missing on-loan Barcelona midfielder Nico Gonzalez due to a fractured foot, while Jaume Domenech remains a doubt for Los Che.
Head coach Gattuso will make wholesale changes to the side that took to the field against La Nucia in the Copa del Rey on Tuesday, with Yunus Musah, Andre Almeida, Samu Castillejo, Jose Gaya and Samuel Lino among those expected to return to the XI.
Cavani was an unused substitute in the Copa del Rey, but the 35-year-old, who has five league goals this season, should lead the line on Friday night.
As for Cadiz, Juan Cala, Victor Chust, Joseba Zaldua, David Gil and Momo Mbaye remain injury doubts, but Ivan Alejo will be back following a suspension.
Alejo is expected to come straight back into the starting side for this match, while Anthony Lozano and Alvaro Negredo could feature as the front two for the strugglers.
Perez came off the bench to score the leveller against Almeria in the league last time out, but as mentioned, the experienced forward has now left the club to return to Deportivo.
Mamardashvili; Correia, Comert, Diakhaby, Gaya; Musah, Moriba, Almeida; Castillejo, Cavani, Lino
Ledesma; Carcelen, Hernandez, Fali, Espino; Alejo, Alcaraz, Alex, Ocampo; Lozano, Negredo
Our analysis of all available data, including recent performances and player stats, suggests the most likely outcome of this match is a Valencia win with a probability of 57.31%. A draw has a probability of 23.6% and a win for Cadiz has a probability of 19.11%.
The most likely scoreline for a Valencia win is 1-0 with a probability of 12.57%. The next most likely scorelines for that outcome are 2-0 (10.89%) and 2-1 (9.7%). The likeliest drawn scoreline is 1-1 (11.19%), while for a Cadiz win it is 0-1 (6.46%).
Valencia vs Cádiz a great match to watch, Valencia will win.