VCF - Cel


Valencia CF vs Celtic

Feb, 21 / 18:55 Matchday 8

Actualidad del Valencia C.F.
January, 19 2018

The head-to-head battles to take place in UD Las Palmas versus Valencia CF

Both teams will be on the hunt for three points to help their respective causes on Saturday evening, with Valencia CF looking to stay in the top three while Paco Jemez's side search for the kick start required to try and give their survival hopes a boost. Here are some of the head-to-head battles to expect to see this weekend as UD Las Palmas and Valencia CF butt heads.

Simone Zaza vs Jonathan Calleri

Both of these strikers previously played together at West Ham, before moving on to pastures new, with their goals this season making them the men to look towards for inspiration. Simone Zaza has already scored 10 goals in LaLiga, while Jonathan Calleri has found the back of the net on four occasions, despite shooting more (40) than his adversary (31), due to the fact he has played 400 more minutes than the Italian. Throughout the league season, the Argentine forward has participated in 208 individual battles, while Zaza has managed 244, with the Italian tackling more (16) than his opponent (11) too. Calleri has better numbers when recovering possession, however (36 compared to 23).

Rodrigo vs Jonathan Viera

Rodrigo is in a great run of form, as he showed midweek in the Copa del Rey, but now is the time to change mindset and focus on LaLiga, where he will be asked to go up against the ‘wizard’ that is Jonathan Viera. Rodrigo has nine goals for the season so far, compared to Viera’s three, with the Las Palmas midfielder having three assists compared to Rodrigo’s four. Las Palmas’ captain has made 1,195 passes, compared to Valencia CF’s striker making 503, but Rodrigo has intercepted more passes (11) than the Spanish midfielder (80). Jonathan Viera has also recovered more possession (78) than the visiting striker (50).

Javi Castellano vs Geoffrey Kondogbia

One of the battles that will take place in the middle of midfield is Javi Castellano versus Geoffrey Kondogbia. The Valencia CF midfielder has committed 27 fouls thus far in LaLiga, compared to the 16 of the Las Palmas man, but both have made the same amount of crosses (2). Javi Castellano has won the ball back on 64 occasions, compared to the 126 of Kondogbia, with the Frenchman also making 25 dribbles, compared to his opponent’s seven. One of the big differences between the two central midfielders is that Kondogbia has already scored three goals and assisted one, while Castellano has not registered one of either.