Copa del Rey Last 16 2nd Leg – Espanyol v Valencia Betting Preview

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Copa Del Rey 2nd Leg action on Tuesday Night comes from the Power8 Stadium and can be seen Live on Sky Sports 1 HD with a scheduled 19:00pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Copa del Rey Last 16 2nd Leg – Espanyol v Valencia Betting Preview

Espanyol head into this 2nd leg of the Copa del with a 2-1 deficit having lost away at the famous Mestalla Stadium last week. Valencia took the lead early in the first half when Jose Gaya put the hosts 1-0 up and Espanyol thought they have snatched a vital draw when Christian Ricardo Stuani leveled the score up at 1-1 on the hour mark, but an 86th minute penalty for Valencia was dispatched by Negredo to provide Valencia with a slender advantage.

Espanyol were on the end of a 3-0 beating by Real Marid at the weekend at the Bernabeu Stadium and that will not have done the players confidence any good for this game and with the hosts having lost their last three matches in all competitions on the bounce, Valencia will certainly fancy their chances of progressing through to the next round come Tuesday night.

Espanyol vs Valencia Head to Head Statistics

Tuesday Night’s game from the Power8 Stadium will become the 43rd game overall between the two clubs over the years and with Espanyol having won 16 times and Valencia having won 17 times, there really is nothing between them.

However, Espanyol have won 12 times when playing in front of their home fans at the Power8 Stadium and Valencia have struggled to just 4 wins.

Our head to head statistics table below shows the previous five meetings between the two clubs and although it does show Valencia having a slight advantage having won twice and Espanyol just the once, Valencia have failed to win at the Power8 Stadium since the 1st May 2010.

07/01/15 CDR Valencia vs Espanyol 2 : 1
14/09/14 PRD Valencia vs Espanyol 3 : 1
25/01/14 PRD Valencia vs Espanyol 2 : 2
24/08/13 PRD Espanyol vs Valencia 3 : 1
13/04/13 PRD Espanyol vs Valencia 3 : 3

Espanyol Recent Form

10/01/15 PRD Real Madrid vs Espanyol 3 : 0
07/01/15 CDR Valencia vs Espanyol 2 : 1
04/01/15 PRD Espanyol vs Eibar 1 : 2
20/12/14 PRD Rayo Vallecano vs Espanyol 1 : 3
17/12/14 CDR Espanyol vs Deportivo Alaves 1 : 0

Espanyol have struggled with their form recently having managed to win just once during their last five matches in all competitions and that is not the kind of form that will inspire their fans of being able to win this tough looking game on Tuesday night.

Valencia Recent Form

10/01/15 PRD Celta Vigo vs Valencia 1 : 1
07/01/15 CDR Valencia vs Espanyol 1 : 0
04/01/15 PRD Valencia vs Real Madrid 2 : 1
20/12/14 PRD Eibar vs Valencia 0 : 1
16/12/14 CDR Valencia vs Rayo Vallecano 4 : 4

Valencia head into this game having done very well during their last five matches played as they have secured an impressive four victories, one of which coming against Real Madrid and although they did slip up a bit over the weekend with a 1-1 draw away to Celta Vigo, I am expecting them to bounce back to winning ways in this game.

Espanyol Team News

Manager Sergio looks also likely to stick with the majority of the players that lost 2-1 last week against Valencia in the 1st Leg Christian Ricardo Stuani looks likely to lead the attack up front alongside Sergio Garcia.

Valencia Team News

Manager Nuno Espírito Santo will want to win this competition and as such I am expecting to see a very similar lineup to the one that beat Espanyol last week in the 1st Leg 2-1 with Negredo, Rodrigo de Paul and Jose Gaya all leading the attack up front.

Espanyol vs Valencia Average Goals Per Game Statistics

126 Goals have been scored in the previous 42 matches overall played between the two clubs and this generates us an average goals per game statistic of exactly 3.00.

58 of those Goals have came in the previous 22 matches played between the two clubs at the Power8 Stadium and this generates us an average goal scoring statistic for this match of 2.63 and would seem to suggest that we should see a similar score-line to the one we did in the 1st Leg match last week.

Espanyol vs Valencia Current Betting Odds Market

Espanyol have it all to do here as they trail 2-1 from the 1st Leg, but they do have an important away goal and if they can score a couple, they could be in with a chance of progressing through to the next round, however the online bookmakers don’t seem agree here and currently have the hosts priced up at a best price of 23/10 with Paddy Power – £50 Free Bets for New Customers, to win this game.

The Draw would be enough to send Valencia through and I would expect them to defend very deep in large numbers for at least the first half of this game, but draws between these two clubs are very rare with only 9 having happened from 42 previous matches and so no real surprise to see the current best price of this game to finish all square being 12/5 with SkyBet – Bet £5 & Receive £20 Free Bets for New Customers.

Valencia won the 1st Leg and are expected to follow that win up here on Tuesday night as they do have the much stronger squad and the current best price for the visitors to win this game and progress through to the next round of the tournament is 11/8 with Betfred – Bet £10 & Receive £30 Free Bets for New Customers, which does look value considering how they have been playing recently.

Espanyol vs Valencia Free Sports Bets, Tips & Predictions

Espanyol have nothing to lose here as with being 2-1 down from the 1st Leg over at the Mestalla Stadium last week I would expect their manager Sergio to throw a bit of caution to the wind on Tuesday night in an attempt to try and secure that all important first goal of the game.

However, this should play very much into Valencia’s hands as the visitors will no doubt be defending deep in large numbers to begin with using the counter-attack on the break and I can definitely see Valencia getting successful with this at some point during the match which would then put them in complete control of the tie.

Espanyol are capable of scoring against Valencia though as we saw last week during the 1st Leg and we only have to look at the recent encounters over the years to see that all of the last six matches has seen both sides get on the score-sheet, so the statistics are definitely there for this game to see at least a few goals.

As such my Banker is going to be this game to see Over 2.5 Goals scored as I am expecting a similar result to the one we saw last week in the 1st Leg.

My Saver is going to be for Valencia striker Negredo to Score at Anytime as he will be looking to get his name on the score-sheet again like he did last week.

Espanyol vs Valencia Banker & Saver Tips

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