With one foot in the quarterfinals of the 2015-16 edition of the Copa del Rey, Valencia will visit Granada this Thursday, January 14 at Los Carmenes stadium at 19:00.
Los Naranjeros won the first leg by 4-0 at Mestalla last week with a hat-trick from striker Alvaro Negredo and one goal from Rodrigo Moreno. They are looking to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time since the 2012-13 season.
It has been the only victory of the team led by English Gary Neville in their past five games in all competitions. They lost last weekend 2-0 against Real Sociedad on the road, and they fell to the 11th place in the standings with 23 points, seven away from the spots for the European tournaments of next year.
Valencia are one of the worst teams in La Liga playing away from home, as they have lost six of 10, scoring nine goals and allowing 12. They have one win in their past six on the road in all tournaments, and their victory was versus Barakaldo by 3-1 more than one month ago.
In the Copa Del Rey Odds Granada CF v Valencia, the Nasrids are favorites to get the victory at home. They are listed with 2.77, while Los Naranjeros are with 2.8, and the draw is with 3.4.
Granada will need at least four goals to avoid the elimination of this competition and the bad news for their fans is that they have been unable to score four goals since they beat Valladolid 4-0 in their pitch two years ago.
The team led by Jose Ramon Sandoval has lost their last two games by a combined score of 4-0, as they lost to Barcelona last weekend at home with a hat-trick from Argentine striker Lionel Messi. They are in the 17th spot in the table with 17 points, only two away from the relegation zone. They have won only two of their nine games played at Los Carmenes stadium and are the second worst offense at home with eight goals scored, only behind Real Betis (6).
The Nasrids are listed at online sportsbook Bodog with 4.33 to win this game by one goal, while Los Naranjeros are with 4.5 to get the victory by the minimum difference, and the score draw is with 4.25. Granada are rated at 31.0 to win by four or more goals.
Valencia have dominated the series and they will try to remain unbeaten. Since 2011, the orange side has nine wins and one draw in all competitions, and they have not allowed any goal in the last three meetings. Granada have never scored more than one goal versus Valencia.
Youssef El Arabi is the favorite to score the first goal in this match and is listed with 7.5 Odds. The French-Moroccan player is followed by Alvaro Negredo and Paco Alcacer with 7.0 and Adalberto Penaranda with 8.5.
Los Naranjeros will continue with their domain in the series versus Granada and will win this game to secure their place in the next round. The last time they lifted the cup was in 2008 and they have won it seven times.