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UEFA Europa League

  • April 5, 2012
  • • 15:05
  • • Estadio de Mestalla, Valencia
  • Referee: P. Kralovec
  • • Attendance: 25000
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Valencia win Aggregate 5 - 2

Europa League Preview: Valencia - AZ

Europa League Preview: Valencia - AZ

The Eredivisie side holds a narrow 2-1 advantage after last week's opening tie and aims to add to the misery of Unai Emery's men, who have won just once in their last seven games.


PROBABLE LINEUPS



VALENCIA



Alves
Barragan, Rami, Victor Ruiz, Mathieu
Albelda, T Costa
Feghouli, Jonas, Jordi Alba
Soldado

AZ


Esteban

Marcellis, Moisander, Viergever, Poulsen
Maher, Martens, Elm
Gudmundsson, Altidore, Holman

For Valencia, Adil Rami returns from suspension to boost a defense that has looked short of average for the past month. Miguel is also back in the squad after a six-week recovery from an injury and the Portuguese is even in with a chance to displace Antonio Barragan in the starting XI.

Ever Banega and Sergio Canales are both still sidelined for Unai Emery's team, while Hedwiges Maduro continues to recuperate from his ankle problem and could feature very soon.

For the visitor, striker Roy Beerens (ribs) is still looking to reach full fitness and is the only injury concern. He will travel to Spain, but whether he will play will be decided by coach Gertjan Verbeek on Wednesday.

Up top, American Jozy Altidore may get the nod, despite a poor performance in the first leg as he found the net at the weekend in a 2-2 draw with Vitesse.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Valencia last won a game at home on March 8, defeating PSV 4-2 in the Europa League round of 16.
  • On Sunday, the team drew with Levante 1-1 in the local derby.
  • The host has only been held scoreless at Mestalla once this season, falling 0-1 to Real Sociedad in mid-January.
  • AZ enters the game having lost only twice in its last 11 games.
  • The Dutch side has never won the competition.
  • In seven Europa League away games this season, AZ has won just once.

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1Diego AlvesGoalkeeper
4Adil RamiDefender
19BarragánDefender
18Jordi AlbaDefender
20Ricardo CostaDefender
3Jérémy MathieuDefender
5Mehmet TopalMidfielder
8Sofiane FeghouliMidfielder
24Tino CostaMidfielder
7JonasStriker
9Roberto SoldadoStriker
13GuaitaGoalkeeper
-DealbertDefender
8Hedwiges MaduroMidfielder
11Pablo HernándezMidfielder
21ParejoMidfielder
20Aritz Aduriz ZubeldiaStriker
17Pablo PiattiStriker
1Esteban AlvaradoGoalkeeper
3Dirk MarcellisDefender
4Nick ViergeverDefender
15Simon PoulsenDefender
25Niklas MoisanderDefender
8Adam MaherMidfielder
-Maarten MartensMidfielder
20Rasmus ElmMidfielder
14Brett HolmanMidfielder
17Jozy AltidoreStriker
-Roy BeerensStriker
21Erik HeijblokGoalkeeper
2Mattias JohanssonDefender
5Ragnar KlavanDefender
-Thomas LamDefender
10Erik FalkenburgMidfielder
7Johann GudmundssonMidfielder
35Charlison BenschopStriker

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