The first leg of the quarterfinals in the Copa del Rey between Valencia and Las Palmas will be played this Thursday, January 21st at Mestalla Stadium at 19:00.
This will be their first meeting in the Cup, but Los Naranjeros will try to continue with their domain in the all-time series. They are unbeaten in five meetings in the league with four wins and one draw, scoring 10 goals and allowing two.
The last time they played was two months ago, and they drew 1-1 at Mestalla. Francisco Alcacer opened the scoreboard for the home team, but they couldn’t keep the advantage and Jonathan Viera scored the equalizer in the second half. The team led by English manager Gary Neville has not allowed any goal in three of the past four meetings against the Yellows.
Valencia thrashed Granada in the previous round by a combined score of 7-0, but last weekend they drew 2-2 versus Rayo Vallecano at home, thanks to a goal from Alcacer with two minutes left on the clock. They have won two of their past seven games in all competitions, and both were in the Copa del Rey.
Los Che fell to the 11th place in La Liga standings with 24 points, eight away from the spots for the European tournaments of next year. The good news for their fans is that they remain unbeaten at home this season, as they have three wins and seven draws, scoring 16 goals and allowing nine.
In the Valencia Copa Del Rey Odds v Las Palmas, the Orange team is favorite to win this game in their pitch. They are listed with 1.62, while the Yellows are with 7.2, and the draw is with 4.2.
Las Palmas are in the quarterfinals for the first time since the 1996-97 season when they reached the semifinals but lost to Barcelona by an aggregate score of 7-0. In this edition, they eliminated Real Sociedad and Eibar in the previous rounds.
The team led by Quique Setien is fighting to stay away from the last places. They are located in the 16th spot in the table with 18 points, only two more than the teams that are in the relegation zone. They are playing in the Spanish top flight for the first time in 14 years.
The Yellows had a streak of five consecutive games with no defeat, but it finished last Sunday as they lost at home 3-0 to Atletico Madrid, the current leader of the league. It was their first game with no goals scored in one month.
Valencia are listed at online sportsbook Bodog with 3.6 Odds to win this game by one goal and with 4.5 to do it by two. Las Palmas are rated at 9.5 to get the victory by the minimum difference, and the score draw is with 5.1. Los Naranjeros have scored at least one goal in the five games versus the Yellows.
The Orange squad has lost only one of their past 13 games at Mestalla, so take them to win this game by two goals. The last time they reached the semifinals of this tournament was four years ago.