Getafe vs Valencia CF

Jan, 22 / 21:30 Matchday 8

Actualidad del Valencia C.F.
May, 05 2018

Two games will help to decide Valencia CF’s Champions League fate

Before playing Villarreal CF, if Real Betis can’t beat Athletic Club then fourth place is wrapped up for Marcelino’s men

Valencia CF will kick off against Villarreal CF at 20:45CET, but at 16:15CET they will also be keeping a close eye on their own interests when Real Betis play against Athletic Club. If Betis don’t manage to take three points in Bilbao, Marcelino’s side will have confirmed their place in next season’s Champions League without kicking a ball.

Regardless of the other game taking place on Saturday afternoon, the team will be going out with just winning in mind. A point, however, could be enough to hit their target. After some poor seasons, the process of rebuilding has been fantastic. No matter who their opponents have been, or in which competition they have been playing, Marcelino’s men have made winning the norm and have retained that mentality all campaign to get the most out of themselves.

Marcelino has everyone at his disposal, apart from the injured Francis Coquelin, and should pick a strong starting line up as a result. Valencia CF have failed to win in their last four LaLiga games, but at no point in those games have they looked uncompetitive. Having an eight-point lead over fifth place with only nine left to play for is a very strong position to be in.

Nobody is expecting it to be a walk in the park against Villarreal CF, with the home side themselves looking to wrap up sixth place and a spot in the Europa League for next campaign. With over 1,100 away fans making the trip to La Cerámica, however, things will be that little bit more simple.