Hello and welcome to our match preview and live coverage of Valencia vs Leganés in week 25 of the 2016/17 LaLiga Santander season, to be played at La Rosaleda at 21:30 CET on Tuesday 28th of February 2017.
Two of the most inconsistent teams meet on Tuesday night in a game that both sides need to win to truly separate themselves from the relegation contenders. Valencia have been resurgent under Voro but are still capable of inexplicable collapse. Leganes are capable of the same. Depor provided little competition at the weekend but prior to that emphatic victory, they were on a four game losing run. Was the victory over Depor a flash in the pan or can they cause Valencia trouble on Tuesday night?
Voro was brought back down to earth after their victory over Real Madrid when they lost to Alaves with Fabian Orellana seeing red during a frustrating performance after they took the lead in the second half. They were undone by two later goals with one, at least, being the product of some slack defending.
Nani, Santi Mina and rodrigo are amongst Valencia's attacking casualties and Jose Gaya could also be out, having been replaced by former Atletico Madrid defender Guillerhme Siqueira, for the lost to Alaves. Voro could return to a similar team to the one that played against Real Madrid with Mangala and Enzo Perez in the starting line-up but he will have to improvise give the absence of Orellana and Nani. Bakkali and Munir are the most likely options.
The most surprising victory at the weekend came when Deportivo were destroyed by a Leganes side, who had recently been struggling. Gaizka Garitano lost his job after the 4-0 thumping and Leganes were handed a lifeline with Granada, Sporting Gijon and Osasuna failing to win.
Alexander Szymanowski was excellent at the weekend and Alberto Bueno got on the scoresheet, meaning he might have done enough to earn a start despite Nabil El Zhar's recent good form but the game might have come too soon for the new signing to usurp anyone after the result at the weekend.
Players to watch
Valencia - Dani Parejo has improved under Voro when it seemed his stint at the club was coming to an abrupt halt. He was criticised for being lazy and his off-field antics were also considered distracting to Valencia relegation battle. When he does tune in and put in performances, he can be a joy to watch.
Leganes - Anything good that Leganes tend to do in attack tends to either start or end with Alexander Szymanowski and Tuesday night should be no different. he is both tricky and possessed excellent vision while also looking like he is one step ahead of the rest of the players on the field when he is on form.
Valencia vs Leganés: bet on the game
The home side are clear favourites tonight but with their form as unpredictable as a Trump press conference, a wager on the visitors would pay out at over four times your stake. Munir to score the only goal of the game would turn €1 into €15.