There will be a lot of cup matches this week. Especially many matches are scheduled for Wednesday, especially in Spain, where the lion’s share of matches of the 1/8 finals of the Copa del Rey will be played. Among other things, in Gijón, the local Sporting hosts Valencia. The website’s analytical department has prepared a forecast for an important match on January 18, 2023.
Sporting (Gijon), in general, can draw the attention of the lion to the cup
“Rojiblancos” not so long ago played in this example, although without much success. But last spring there was almost a relegation to the 3rd division. Abelardo’s return to the coaching position helped. The former Barcelona player pulled his players to the “saving” 17th place. And now there is more or less equality of wins and losses, won and lost, which allows you to stay in the middle of the table. Now you can switch to Copa. There it turned out that in the last round he knocked out Rayo Vallecano at home, also with a “grandmaster” score of 2-0.
Valencia this season has become a new experiment of the owner
The Bats are owned by Peter Lim. The fans at Mestalla have not yet forgiven him for the absurd decision to eliminate the successful Marcelino Garcia Toral. Last season at least something worked out, with Bordalas they reached the cup final, beating Betis on penalties. But they broke up with Pepe after their first year together, relying on Gattuso. Gennaro has his strengths, but it’s hard for him to prove himself in Spain. In winter, not much worked at all, except for the Copa, where the very weak competed. In the Super Cup, Gennaro caused problems for his mentor, Ancelotti, but after a 1-1 defeat, Real Madrid advanced to the final by winning a shoot-out.
The last time the clubs met was in 2019, also in the cup. Sporting won 2-1 at home, but then it was 0-3 at Mestalla.
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Valencia is considered the favorite of the couple. But it does not shine, so it is better to bet on a neutral offer with “total under 2.5 goals” (odds – 1.727).
Free Sporting (Gijon) Valencia match prediction on January 18: