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.
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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