Valencia’s European aspirations intersect with Granada’s last bullet


Granada and Valencia recover this Thursday at the Nuevo Los Cármenes (8:00 p.m.) the match belonging to matchday 26 that was postponed due to the fire of a building in the city of Turia, a match in which those from Baraja have the possibility of attacking the seventh position in case of victory, while the Nasrid team only needs to add three at a time to speed up their chances of saving the category.

Granada receives Valencia in Los Cármenes with the need and urgency to achieve victory if they do not want to start counting down the weeks that return them to LaLiga Hypermotion. The Andalusian team is 14 points away from safety, marked by RC Celta, still with 27 points at stake. Therefore, a defeat against ‘Che’ would leave them with practically no real options to remain, while victory, in addition to giving morale to the team, would place them at 11 points.

To do this, Sandoval’s men, in what will be the Madrid coach’s debut in front of his home crowd, need to put an end to the worst streak of the season, four consecutive defeats. Furthermore, the Nasrids have not managed to score a goal in any of their last two games, and have gone ten games without winning.

However, if a rival has been favorable in recent years at home for Granada, it is Valencia. The rojiblancos have not lost since 2017 against the Valencians, achieving two wins and two draws since then.

For its part, Valencia has in its power to establish itself in seventh position in the classification, since if Athletic Club wins the Copa del Rey it would give it access to the Conference League, something it has not achieved since matchday 23. To do this , Baraja’s men will have to end their bad league series away from Mestalla, where they have had three consecutive defeats and have not won since January 14 (1-4 against Cádiz).

It will be necessary for the ‘che’ to achieve the expected result in Los Cármenes, to recover the sense of smell in front of goal. Valencia has only managed to pierce the opponent’s goal once in the last three days. Since the victory against the Cadista team, only Hugo Duro, with 4 goals, and Yeremchuk, who is out for the match, with 2, have managed to find the net.

In the casualty section, Sandoval will finally be able to count on his scoring duo, Lucas Boyé and Myrto Uzuni, both suffering from discomfort during the week, but who have managed to recover in time for the match. For his part, Rubén Baraja will have, in addition to the previously mentioned loss of Yaremchuk, those of José Gaya and Mouctar Diakhaby.