Valencia CF vs Huesca

Dec, 23 / 12:00 Matchday 17

Actualidad del Valencia C.F.
January, 13 2018

The head-to-head battles to look out for in Deportivo vs Valencia CF

Valencia CF head to Riazor in terms of three points, with Marcelino's side targetting a victory to take them to the magical 40-point mark at the midway point of their LaLiga campaign. Deportivo need to take something from the game too, however, to battle back against the threat of relegation. Here are some of the individual battles to look out for this evening, with both squads having plenty at stake.

Fabian Schar vs Garay

One of the hosts’ returning players for this game is Fabian Schar who is important to Deportivo not only for his defensive work, but similarly how good that he is on the ball. The Swiss centre back has scored two goals in LaLiga from 11 attempts, whereas Ezequiel Garay is still goalless after three efforts of his own. Valencia CF’s central defender has played three less games than Schar, winning back possession 46 times compared to the 74 of the Depor man. Garay has, however, put in more crosses than his counterpart (2 to 1).

Lucas Perez vs Simone Zaza

Valencia CF have plenty of options to choose from in attack this weekend. In the first 18 games of the season, Zaza has hit the back of the net 10 times, while Lucas Perez has scored just four. The Depor striker has put more balls into the box (35) than Zaza (4), with the latter being more of a target man. Our Italian striker has been in 203 individual battles, compared to Lucas’ 82, but the Depor forward has recorded one assist compared to Zaza’s zero. The Valencia CF man has had far more shots on goal than his opponent, however, racking up 29 compared to Lucas’ 13.

Luisinho vs Gaya

Valencia CF’s left back will play his 100th LaLiga game for the club on Saturday, and last year was an excellent one in terms of his performances. Gaya has recorded three assists this season, while Luisinho has not managed to provide any at all - instead he has scored one goal. The Spaniard has made 619 passes in league action, compared to the Depor defender’s 478, and has made more crosses (54) than his opponent (40) too. The hosts’ left back has made more challenges than his counterpart, however (152 over 131).

Celso Borges vs Dani Parejo

These two players have key roles in the respective midfields of their sides. Dani Parejo has proved tough to stop this season, and has been fouled on 33 occasions, where Celso Borges has only received such treatment six times. The Valencia CF captain has netted four goals, while his counterpart has scored three. The Costa Rican has been involved in more individual challenges (218) than the visiting central midfielder (204), but Parejo has made far more crosses (19) compared to Borges (5). The Depor midfielder has recovered the ball 99 times, but Parejo outweighs that with his 152.