Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(65) 50 Goals 27 (42)
(47) 30 Assists 20 (29)
(6.9) 6.9 Average Ratings 6.8 (6.7)
28.1 Average Age 27
180.5 Average Height (cm) 179.6
(1.1) 1.3 Shots pg 0.9 (0.9)
(49%) 48% Aerial Duel Success 52% (50%)
(0.6) 0.5 Dribbles pg 0.4 (0.5)
(1.7) 1.8 Tackles pg 1.5 (2)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in LIGA BBVA.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Pablo Piatti Out 6.78
Jeremy Mathieu Out 6.85
João Pereira Out 6.78
Sergio Canales Out 6.75
Aly Cissokho Out 6.84
Fernando Gago Doubtful 6.72
Nelson Valdez Doubtful 6.44
Player Reason Status Rating
Javi López Out 7.09
Christian Stuani Out 6.81

Team News

  • Valencia's Jekyll and Hyde form at home and on the road continued last weekend as their winless streak away from home in the league extended to six with a 1-1draw at Valladolid.
  • Aly Cissokho was the hero turned villain for Los Che as he scored the opener before being sent-off in conceding the penalty that led to Valladolid's equaliser and his absence through suspension will be a problem for Mauricio Pellegrino as Jeremy Mathieu also remains out injured.
  • In their absence Victor Ruiz could fill in at left-back with Ricardo Costa returning in the centre of defence.
  • Robero Soldado and Jonas are also expected to return to the starting line-up in attack, whilst Tino Costa should replace Fernando Gago who is doubtful with an ankle injury.
  • Espanyol's crisis on and off the field nearly forced manager Mauricio Pochettino into resigning this week and the Argentine remains on the brink should Los Pericos suffer another defeat at the Mestalla.
  • Samuelle Longo will return to the starting line-up after being benched for the 3-0 home defeat to Osasuna last weekend as Christian Stuani is suspended, whilst Mubarak Wakaso will also come back in after completing his one-game ban.
  • In midfield Raul Baena, Christian Gomez and Juan Forlin are all battling for the one place alongside Victor Sanchez and Raul Rodriguez will continue to deputise for the injured Javi Lopez at right-back.

Prediction

  • In contrast to their poor form on the road, Valencia have been awesome at home of late, winning their last six games at the Mestalla.
  • The confidence gained from that run and the current mess developing at Espanyol mean this should be another routine win for Pellegrino's men as they look to close the gap on the top four.
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