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The 2021-22 La Liga season starts on Friday evening with Valencia, who finished 13th in Spain’s top division last season Getafe to Mestalla.
Valencia’s problems last season led them to their lowest place since the 1987/88 season, while Getafe struggled to show their best form last season too, eventually finishing in 15th place.
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It cannot be overlooked that the 2020/21 season was a disappointing season for Valencia, with 13th place being the worst performance at that level of football since 14th place in 1987/88.
Los Che lost 15 of their 38 league games last season and the club’s financial troubles mean it has been a very quiet summer transfer window that could amount to another frustrating season.
Omar Alderete is on loan from Hertha Berlin, but the overwhelming positive is that the six-time Spanish champions have managed to keep their star players and that the team has undoubtedly underperformed last season given the quality of their ranks.
Jose Bordalas was named Valencia head coach in May and signed a two-year deal. The 57-year-old impressed during his five years at Getafe but this is without a doubt his biggest challenge so far.
Los Che’s home form last season was relatively strong, taking 31 points from 19 games, but they had the second worst away record in La Liga last season and are determined to improve on that in 2021-22.
Getafe, meanwhile, will also have been disappointed with their La Liga performance last season as they are in 15th place with a total of 38 points from 38 games, just four points outside the relegation zone.
The capital city team did not return to the top Spanish league until 2017, but had occupied eighth, fifth and eighth place in their three seasons at this football level, before falling back to 15th last season.
Michel has returned to Getafe for a second term as head coach and the former Real Madrid midfielder was busy recruiting during the transfer window this summer.
Carles Alena, Sandro Ramirez, Stefan Mitrovic, Dario Poveda, Diego Conde, Vitolo and Jose Macias all arrived either permanently or on loan, but there were also notable departures in the form of Francisco Portillo, Angel Rodriguez and Xabi Etxeita.
The Madrid side struggled last season, only scoring 13 points, but they should go into this game with good confidence as they have won all six friendly matches in a productive preparation, including a 2-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.
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Valencia’s summer was calm in terms of transfers, as noted, but they have played a lot of football and have played in seven friendly matches, including a 2-1 loss to Brentford on Saturday.
Carlos Soler has only just returned to training after participating in the Olympics for the Spanish U23s, but the midfielder is believed to be ready to take action for this game.
The new head coach, Bordalas, has a number of important decisions to make elsewhere, however Ruben Sobrino could nod along the way Maxi Gomez in attack, while there could be a start in midfield for the 19-year-old Alessandro Burlamaqui.
As for Getafe, Marc Cucurellawho continues to be linked to a move to Brighton is back in training after participating in the Spanish U23 Olympics but it seems unlikely that he will be ready to race here.
It is expected that there will be spots for Alena, Sandro and Vitolo, while Mitrovic, Mitrovic, is also pushing to get involved on the side Djene Dakonam in the middle of the defense.
Mauro Arambarri should appear in the middle of the park while Mathias Olivera may be assigned the left defender seat if Cucurella is not considered ready to play from kick-off whistle.
Valencia possible starting line-up:
Domenech; Correia, Diakhaby, Paulista, Gaya; Cheryshev, Soler, Burlamaqui, Guedes; Sobrino, Gomez
Getafe possible starting line-up:
Soria; Damian, Mitrovic, Dakonam, Olivera; Arambarri, Timor, Alena; Sandro, Mata, Vitolo
Probability: Valencia 1-1 Getafe
It is always difficult to predict the opening game of a new season; Valencia will be the favorite considering the game takes place at the Mestalla and it would be no surprise if the hosts took all three points. That said, Getafe looked impressive in pre-season and we predict a low goal draw here.
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