Preview - Eibar vs Valencia 17 Dec

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Eibar vs Valencia

Many thought Valencia will start to crumble following their shock 1-0 defeat at Getafe a fortnight ago, but Los Che bounced back immediately with a 2-1 home win over Celta Vigo.

Simone Zaza scored the opening goal and is now the team's leading scorer with ten league goals under his belt. The Italian is the first Valencia player to score 10 goals in the opening 15 games of a La Liga season since David Villa in 2009/10 (12 goals).

It promises to be an enthralling encounter as Eibar have scored at least one goal in each of their last four home games across all competitions. Valencia have found the back of the net in nine of their last ten competitive trips.

Head-to-head, each teams have won twice in the last four meetings between them.

Eibar did the double over Valencia last term, including a thumping 4-0 win at the Mestalla. Valencia had won 3 of the 4 top flight meetings prior to that.

Prediction: Eibar 1-2 Valencia

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Match Stats:

  • Eibar 2-1 Valencia
  • Shots: 8-7
  • Possession: 53%-47%
  • Corner kicks: 5-6


Valencia stumbled for a second straight away game when it lost 2-1 at Eibar on Saturday in the latest blow to its challenge to Barcelona at the top of the Spanish league.

Valencia forward Santi Mina equalized in the 57th minute to cancel out Takashi Inui's opener for Eibar just after halftime.

But Joan Jordan powered in a header from a cross by Ivan Alejo to grab the victory for the hosts with three minutes remaining.
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The absence of suspended striker Simone Zaza and injured midfielder Carlos Soler showed as Valencia again dropped points away from its Mestalla Stadium. Valencia's 1-0 defeat at Getafe two rounds ago ended its unbeaten season.

Barcelona can increase its five-point lead over Valencia when it hosts Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday.

The loss also puts Valencia at risk of losing hold of second place. Atletico Madrid can move ahead of Valencia if it beats Alaves later Saturday.

"We didn't have the scoring touch we needed to take the lead and they took advantage of our inability to finish," Valencia coach Marcelino Garcia Toral said. "I don't recall any other chances for Eibar other than the ones they turned into goals. We have to congratulate them for the win, but a draw would have been fair."

After only one win in the first eight rounds, Eibar has won four and drawn one to rise to seventh place and in contention for a Europa League berth.

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