Malaga's winless streak in all competitions extended to five with draws away at Osasuna and Zenit St. Petersburg this week but Manuel Pellegrini insisted he is not overly concerned as they are still within just a point of the top four and have sealed their passage to the last-16 of the Champions League as group winners.
Julio Baptista, Nacho Monreal and Sergio Sanchez remain the only absentees through injury, but Pellegrini must decide whether to reward Diego Buonanotte or Seba Fernandez for their goals in midweek with a rare start.
Javier Saviola and Joaquin didn't even travel to Russia in order to hand them a rest so they will definitely start, whilst Isco and Weligton will also return to the starting 11 after being left out on Wednesday.
Valencia's squad is stretched to the limit with seven first-team players out for the trip to La Rosaleda.
Roberto Soldado and Victor Ruiz are both suspended, whilst Fernando Gago and Joao Pereira have joined Pablo Piatti, Sergio Canales and Jeremy Mathieu on the sidelines through injury.
Aly Cissokho returns from suspension and Soldado's absence should mean a return for Jonas who has been used sparingly from the start in recent weeks.
Whilst Malaga's form hasn't been nearly as good as early in the season, their performances have probably deserved a little more than they have received in recent weeks and they are well capable of getting back to winning ways against a weakened Valencia side who have yet to win away from home in the league this season.
The hosts also have the advantage of having rested a number of their key men on Champions League duty in midweek, whilst Valencia had to play for an hour with 10-men against Bayern Munich so tiredness could play a factor with Mauricio Pellegrino not able to rotate as much as he would like due to the injuries and suspensions.
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