Vacencia are looking forward to host Cadiz at the Estadio de Mestalla on Wednesday evening for a Copa del Rey quarter-final encounter.
The hosts are currently going through another disappointing La Liga campaign, while the visitors have even a worse situation and are struggling down in the relegation zone.
While there have been signs of improvement under new manager Pepe Bordalas this season, Valencia are now winless in their last four league matches which has seen them slip down to 10th in the table.
A game in the quarter-finals of the cup could be seen as a positive to focus on, but they also made very hard work of their progression through the early stages.
Valencia required extra time to defeat fourth-tier Arenteiro in the second round, a victory over Segunda Division Cartagena in the third round, and then run past Atletico Baleares 1-0 in the round of 16 through Marcos Andre’s goal in the opening minute.
Now facing La Liga side for the first time in the competition, they will likely have to up their game to reach the final four for the first time since winning the trophy during the 2018-19 season.
Meanwhile, Cadiz were finally promoted back to La Liga in 2020 after a 14-year exile, and secured a solid mid-table finish in their first campaign.
However, they have lost their momentum this season, and a seven game winless run saw manager Alvaro Cervera relieved of his duty at the start of the year.
They now have two wins and a draw in the three games since, one which was a penalty shootout victory over Sporting Gijon in the last round of the cup.
That result followed successive 1-0 victories over lower-tier teams in the previous rounds, and they will need to find a new gear if they are to defeat Valencia.
Valencia vs Cadiz head to head
The two teams have previously met on 7 occasions in all competitions, where Valencia have taken 3 victories while Cadiz have won 1, and they have drawn in 3. Valencia have scored 12 goals and conceded 6. They drew 0-0 in their last encounter in the league on October 2.
Cadiz 0-0 Valencia 13/12/11
Valencia 4-0 Cadiz 22/12/11
Valencia 1-1 Cadiz 04/01/21
Cadiz 2-1 Valencia 04/04/21
Cadiz 0-0 Valencia 02/10/21
Valencia latest home form
Valencia have recently been on a relatively good run of form at home, as they have lost just one of their last five matches. They lost 2-1 to Espanyol in the league on December 31. In their last five matches at home, they have won one, drawn three and lost one.
Valencia 3-3 Atletico Madrid 07/11/21
Valencia 1-1 Rayo Vallecano 27/11/21
Valencia 2-1 Elche 11/12/21
Valencia 1-2 Espanyol 31/12/21
Valencia 1-1 Sevilla 19/01/22
Valencia latest away form
Valencia have recently failed to record consistent results on the road, as they have lost two of their last five away matches. They lost their last away match 3-2 to Atletico Madrid in the league on January 22. They have won three and lost two of their last five matches.
Levante 3-4 Valencia 20/12/21
FC Cartagena 1-2 Valencia 05/01/22
Real Madrid 4-1 Valencia 08/01/22
Atletico Baleares 0-1 Valencia 16/01/22
Atletico Madrid 3-2 Valencia 22/01/22
Cadiz latest home form
Cadiz have recently been on a relatively low run of form at home, having failed to win in any of their last five matches. They drew 2-2 with Espanyol in their last home game in the league on January 18. In their last five matches, they have drawn three and lost two.
Cadiz 1-1 Mallorca 31/10/21
Cadiz 1-4 Atletico Madrid 28/11/21
Cadiz 1-1 Granada 13/12/21
Cadiz 0-1 Sevilla 03/01/22
Cadiz 2-2 Espanyol 18/01/22
Cadiz latest away form
Cadiz have recently been on a good form on the road, as they have lost just one of their last five away matches. They managed do defeat Sporting Gijon through penalties after a 0-0 draw in the Copa del Rey. They have won three, drawn one and lost one of their last five matches.
Real Madrid 0-0 Cadiz 19/12/21
Fuenlabrada 0-1 Cadiz 06/01/22
Osasuna 2-0 Cadiz 09/01/22
Sporting Gijon 0-0(P) Cadiz 15/01/22
Levante 0-2 Cadiz 22/01/22
Maxi Gomez and Daniel Wass should now both be available again after missing out through COVID-19, while Jose Gaya will return from suspension for his red card against Sevilla.
Meanwhile, Ilaix Moriba and Eray Comert have joined the club during the January transfer window but could not immediately join the starting XI.
Cadiz have witnessed some of their players moving away from the team, Jon Ander Garrido heading to Mirandes and Alvaro Jimenez joining UD Ibiza on loan for the remainder of the season.
Alberto Perea and Jose Mari will remain in the treatment room, alongside defender Fali who will be out until mid-February.
Prediction and Odds
Cadiz have recently seen their fortunes change for the better and we can see them putting up a good fight here, which could be a major achievement if they can reach the final four.
However, Valencia will welcome back some important players and should be capable of winning the match.
Odds: 1 1.90 X 2.05 2 2.50
Valencia 1-0 Cadiz
Valencia 2-0 Cadiz
Valencia 2-1 Cadiz
Valencia 3-1 Cadiz
Valencia 3-2 Cadiz