Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(65) 40 Goals 47 (68)
(47) 27 Assists 33 (44)
(6.8) 6.9 Average Ratings 7 (6.8)
27.3 Average Age 26.5
178.7 Average Height (cm) 182.5
(1.1) 1 Shots pg 1.2 (1)
(49%) 46% Aerial Duel Success 54% (51%)
(0.7) 0.5 Dribbles pg 0.5 (0.6)
(1.9) 1.8 Tackles pg 1.5 (1.5)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in LIGA BBVA.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Sergio Canales Out 6.75
Jeremy Mathieu Out 6.81
Tino Costa Out 6.9
Adil Rami Out 6.91
Player Reason Status Rating
Markel Bergara Out 6.8
Gorka Elustondo Out 6.63
Liassine Cadamuro Out 6.57
Asier Illarramendi Out 7.18

Team News

  • Valencia's awful form on the road continued last weekend as they were thrashed 4-0 by Malaga to slip into the bottom-half of the table, although still just four points off the Champions League places.
  • Mauricio Pellegrino's team selection will be made a lot easier by the return of Roberto Soldado from suspension, whilst Joao Pereira could also be fit again to start.
  • However, Adil Rami and Tino Costa are both suspended so there could also be returns for Victor Ruiz and Dani Parejo.
  • Real Sociedad stretched their unbeaten run to three last weekend, but their momentum was halted slightly by a 0-0 draw with Osasuna.
  • Asier Illarramendi will miss the trip to the Mestalla as he is banned so Ruben Pardo should reclaim a spot in central midfield, whilst Philippe Montanier must decide on which of his numerous striking options to go with.
  • Gonzalo Castro and Imanol Agirretxe started on the bench last time out as the Basques failed to fire, but Carlos Vela and Diego Ifran have been fundamental in their turnaround of late so may be handed another chance to start.

Prediction

  • Sociedad's win at the Mestalla last season was the start of Valencia's decline after Christmas that saw them nearly blow what appeared an unassailable lead in third place, but it is their home form this season that is keeping them just in the race for a Champions League place.
  • Los Che have won their last five at home in the league, whilst they are undefeated at the Mestalla in 10 games in all competitions this season.
  • Despite winning in their last league game on the road, Sociedad's away form this season by contrast hasn't been great and with Illarramendi missing and Gorka Elustondo and Markel Bergara out through injury, they may lack the balance needed in midfield to wrestle control away from the hosts.
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