Valladolid won just two games in the last two months and one in 2014, but it looks like the team is finally on the mend and has a good chance at leaving the relegation area tonight. They will be facing Elche in a 6-point game as both teams try to remain in Primera Division at the end of the season and none of them is out of the woods yet.
Odds: Pinnacle Sports 2.15
Valladolid took everyone by surprise two weeks ago when they won by one goal against Villarreal, but failed to build on that result last weekend when they traveled to Getafe. Coach Martinez chose to field a single striker and that proved to be a mistake, as Javi Guerra couldn’t single-handedly defeat the hosts. Tonight, we will be using a more aggressive starting formation, with the top scorer being joined up front by Goncalves who played just 13 games this season and scored a single goal.
Even if the 30-year-old striker doesn’t score himself, having a defender blocking him all the time will provide Guerra with more opportunities to put the ball into the net. The visitors are hardly an offensive team, with Cristian Herrera being the only prolific striker and even he has only three goals to brag about this season. He will spearhead the offensive and try to keep the pressure on the hosts, so that the absence of Stuani in the defense will go unnoticed.
Elche won the last game at home by a narrow margin and will be chasing a similar result on the road but they are unlikely to get it. Valladolid is a decent side at home and has the better head-to-head record, so odds of 2.15 offered by Pinnacle Sports for a home win are good enough.