2. Valencia thrash Leganes for first home win of the season
It’s fair to say Valencia’s record so far this season is odd. They’ve won one, lost one and drawn six games in the league. This suggests they aren’t far away from regaining the form that saw them finish fourth under Marcelino in his first year in charge last season. The attack lacks the potency that made them such a dangerous side, but there are reasons behind that.
There were a lot of changes for Los Che in terms of personnel during the summer, especially in attack, as they brought in Michy Batshuayi, Kevin Gameiro and Denis Cheryshev, among others. They also only finalized Goncalo Guedes’ transfer late in the window, after he was on loan from PSG last season, so it has taken him a while to readjust to the club. He was the key part of the attack last season due to his unpredictability on the ball. The Portuguese winger could miss this match due to injury, though.
Aside from a shock win over Barcelona, which had more to do with a disastrous display from Gerard Pique and a generally disappointing performance overall from the team, Leganes have done little to impress this season. They’ve picked up seven points and they have all come at the Butarque, so they shouldn’t provide much of a challenge.
Valencia are heavily underperforming in front of goal. They’ve only scored six goals from an xG of 10.32. Gameiro is the biggest culprit in this regard, with one goal from 2.44 xG, per Understat. Leganes could provide the perfect chance for Gameiro and the rest of the attackers to build up their confidence in terms of goalscoring. It only seems a matter of time before they solve this issue because they aren’t having problems creating chances.