Valencia hosts Cadiz CF in the Spanish Copa del Rey quarterfinals. The match will be played on Wednesday, February 2nd at Estadio de Mestalla (Valencia)
Valencia players are probably not in the best mood right now. The fact is that they lost to Atlético Madrid in the last round of the Spanish LaLiga (3-2), although they were winning 1-2 in the 90th minute. In general, the Bats didn’t gain a single victory in the last four rounds of the championship (three defeats and one draw). As a result, they fell to 10th place in the standings (29 points scored). In the current season, the Spanish Cup is a kind of outlet for the men of Pepe Bordalas. Valencia has already gone through four rounds, defeating such opponents as Utrillas (0-3), Arenteiro (1-3), Cartagena (1-2), and Atletico Baleares (0-1). Last season, the Bats only reached the 1/8 finals, where they were eliminated by Sevilla (3-0).
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Cadiz CF is fighting for survival in the Spanish LaLiga. In the last round, the team was stronger than Levante away (0-2). But even that victory was not enough to leave the relegation zone. The Yellow Submarine is on the 18th line of the standings with only 18 points after 22 rounds. The gap to the seventeenth-ranked Mallorca is two points. However, Cadiz players look surprisingly confident in the current draw of Copa del Rey. In the previous four rounds, they eliminated Villa de Fortuna (0-7), Albacete (0-1), Fuenlabrada (0-1), and Sporting Gijon (0-0 in regulation and extra time and a victory on penalties). Interesting fact: Cadiz played the last home match in the Cup back in 2018.
In October last year, Cadiz and Valencia played in the first round of the current Spanish championship, and the match ended in a goalless draw. In the previous season of LaLiga, the Bats failed to beat Cadiz at home (1-1). What can we expect from these teams in the upcoming game? With all due respect to the visitors, it seems to me that Valencia is simply stronger. The Bats have experienced certain problems in LaLiga lately. The upcoming confrontation is an excellent opportunity to make amends for failures and return to the path of victories. And I expect the most closed football from Cadiz. It’s too risky to play wide-open football against the Bats who have a powerful attack. That is why I do not think that we will see a productive match.