Valencia are through to the Copa del Rey Final.
On Wednesday night, Gonçalo Guedes’ stunning long-range strike was enough to see los Che beat Athletic Club Bilbao 1-0 at home.
So, having drawn 1-1 at San Mamés three weeks earlier, Valencia will be at Estadio de La Cartuja on 23 April to face Real Betis in the cup final.
Los Murciélagos won their eighth Copa in 2019, beating Barcelona 2-1, and now have a great chance to lift the trophy again.
In a very tangible sense, that could also be the best route into Europe for José Bordalás’ team.
Despite beating Mallorca 1-0 at Son Moix last weekend, Gabriel Paulista with a spectacular goal, Valencia are down in ninth in the table.
That is largely because they were winless in seven before this, dating back to 20 December, accumulating just two points.
With the cup final not for seven weeks, can los Che start to climb the table?
Granada meanwhile are looking to do just that too, but their need is to fend off relegation.
Nazaríes held Cádiz to a goalless draw at Nuevo Estadio de Los Cármenes on Monday, despite having Domingos Duarte sent off in the first half an hour.
Before this, Robert Moreno’s side had lost five successive games so, while that point stops the rot, they’re still without a win in eight.
This leaves el Graná just one place and four points above the relegation zone at the start of the weekend.
Who will claim a rare La Liga victory in 2022 at Mestalla?
Valencia team news
After such a momentous victory less than 72 hours ago, José Bordalás has to motivate his players to go again.
Giorgi Mamardashvili, who joined the B Team last summer, could be starting a Copa del Rey Final in goal next month.
At the back, Gabriel Paulista’s return after injured is a massive boost.
José Luis Gayà was also a surprise inclusion against Athletic on Wednesday after he’d missed the trip to Mallorca injured.
Ilaix Moriba also started that game but his red card last weekend means he is suspended.
Yunus Musah is likely to come into midfield, alongside Carlos Soler.
Granada team news
Granada have had two days extra rest and need to make that count.
However, they’re without Domingos Duarte at the heart of their backline following his red card against Cádiz.
Quini or Víctor Díaz could come into the defence is Robert Moreno sticks with the back three.
At the other end of the field, Luis Suárez has been starting lately but Jorge Molina could come in; Carlos Bacca is still injured.
Valencia CF vs RC Celta de Vigo - 2:0
Espanyol Barcelona vs Valencia CF - 1:1
Valencia CF vs Real Betis Seville - 0:3
Athletic Bilbao vs Valencia CF - 0:0
Valencia CF vs Levante UD - 1:1
|Latest match form, last 5 games:||
Granada CF vs Espanyol Barcelona - 0:0
Real Betis Seville vs Granada CF - 2:0
Granada CF vs Athletic Bilbao - 1:0
RCD Mallorca vs Granada CF - 2:6
Granada CF vs RC Celta de Vigo - 1:1
|May 21, 2022||LaLiga 21/22||Valencia CF||2 - 0||RC Celta de Vigo|
|May 14, 2022||LaLiga 21/22||Espanyol Barcelona||1 - 1||Valencia CF|
|May 10, 2022||LaLiga 21/22||Valencia CF||0 - 3||Real Betis Seville|
|May 7, 2022||LaLiga 21/22||Athletic Bilbao||0 - 0||Valencia CF|
|April 30, 2022||LaLiga 21/22||Valencia CF||1 - 1||Levante UD|
|May 22, 2022||LaLiga 21/22||Granada CF||0 - 0||Espanyol Barcelona|
|May 15, 2022||LaLiga 21/22||Real Betis Seville||2 - 0||Granada CF|
|May 10, 2022||LaLiga 21/22||Granada CF||1 - 0||Athletic Bilbao|
|May 7, 2022||LaLiga 21/22||RCD Mallorca||2 - 6||Granada CF|
|May 1, 2022||LaLiga 21/22||Granada CF||1 - 1||RC Celta de Vigo|
|Valencia CF||Granada CF|
|133||Shots on goal||144|
|139||Shots off goal||145|
|46%||Average ball possession||44%|
|5||Shots on post||2|
|6||Shots on bar||4|
|36||Goals by foot||37|
|9||Goals by head||6|
|Valencia CF||Granada CF|
|1.86||Average Goals Scored||0.71|
|March 5, 2022||LaLiga 21/22||Valencia CF||3 - 1||Granada CF|
|August 21, 2021||LaLiga 21/22||Granada CF||1 - 1||Valencia CF|
|March 21, 2021||LaLiga 20/21||Valencia CF||2 - 1||Granada CF|
|December 30, 2020||LaLiga 20/21||Granada CF||2 - 1||Valencia CF|
|July 4, 2020||LaLiga 19/20||Granada CF||2 - 2||Valencia CF|
La Liga table:
|11||RC Celta de Vigo||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|13||Real Betis Seville||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|15||Real Sociedad San Sebastian||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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What time is kick off between Valencia CF vs Granada CF?
17:30, Saturday 05 March 2022