thumbnail Hello,

UEFA Champions League

  • 2 October 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Estadio de Mestalla, Valencia
  • Referee: G. Rocchi
  • • Attendance: 28517

Valencia - Lille Preview: The two sides look to bounce back from defeats on matchday 1

The pair have made similarly disappointing starts to their Champions League campaign and will hope to get back to winning ways on Tuesday night


 Pereira, Rami, Ruiz, Cissokho
 Feghouli, Costa, Gago, Viera

Beria, Basa, Chedjou, Digne

Mendes, Pedretti, Mavuba, Gueye, Payet

Given the start both sides have made to their respective domestic campaigns, Tuesday night’s Group F clash does not exactly have the makings of a classic.

Inconsistency has been a regular dish on Valencia’s plate, with two wins, two draws and two defeats recorded in their opening six league games, leaving them in 10th position in the table.

Their fortunes in Europe have fared little better either, with a 2-1 defeat to Bayern Munich far from an ideal start to their Champions League adventure for Mauricio Pellegrino’s men.

In the away dressing room Rudi Garcia’s Lille side have considerable problems of their own.

Since beating Saint-Etienne in their first Ligue 1 encounter, Les Dogues have recorded just one more victory – a 2-0 win over FC Copenhagen which secured their place in the group stages of the competition.

Their 3-1 home defeat to BATE Borisov was arguably the biggest shock of the first round of fixtures and a 2-0 defeat to Rennes on Friday night leaves confidence in short supply ahead of their trip to Mestalla.

Garcia will make late checks on the fitness of attacking trio Salomon Kalou, Ronny Rodelin and Marvin Martin – who all missed the defeat to Rennes through injury – while Valencia will be without Ricardo Costa (calf strain), Jeremy Mathieu (Achilles), David Albelda (thigh), Sergio Canales (knee) and Pablo Piatti (arm).

  • Valencia defeated Lille 3-1 in the last meeting between the two sides back in 2009, as the pair went head to head in the group stages of the Europa League.

  • Los Che have won all of their last seven home games against French opposition.

  • The clash will be Valencia’s 100thEuropean Cup game.

  • Lille’s biggest away win in Europe was a 5-1 victory over Slavia Praha back in 2010.

  • Les Dogues have picked up just seven points from their first seven Ligue 1 matches.

  • Lille’s only European trophy success came back in 2004 when the club lifted the Uefa Intertoto Cup.


Field Report
Reader's Predictions
Top 3 Predictions
Head to Head
UEFA Champions League ‎(UCL)‎ 5 Dec 2012 Lille OSC 0 - Valencia 1
  • Player Ratings
  • Match Report
  • Play by Play
  • Preview
UEFA Champions League ‎(UCL)‎ 2 Oct 2012 Valencia 2 - Lille OSC 0
  • Player Ratings
  • Match Report
  • Play by Play
  • Preview
Europa League ‎(EL)‎ 2 Dec 2009 Valencia 3 - Lille OSC 1
  • Player Ratings
  • Match Report
  • Play by Play
  • Preview
Europa League ‎(EL)‎ 17 Sep 2009 Lille OSC 1 - Valencia 1
  • Player Ratings
  • Match Report
  • Play by Play
  • Preview
Last Five Matches
Team News
Available Squads
20Aly CissokhoDefender
18Jose Andrés GuardadoMidfielder
18Víctor RuizDefender
-Carlos Javier Delgado RodríguezDefender
5Fernando GagoMidfielder
8Sofiane FeghouliMidfielder
24Tino CostaMidfielder
9Roberto SoldadoStriker
1Diego AlvesGoalkeeper
12João PereiraDefender
-Cristian PortuguésStriker
30José GayaDefender
-Jonathan VieraStriker
18Haedo ValdézStriker
-Mickaël LandreauGoalkeeper
2Mathieu DebuchyDefender
18Franck BeriaDefender
21Aurélien Chedjou FongangDefender
25Marko BasaDefender
4Florent BalmontMidfielder
5Idrissa GueyeMidfielder
17Benoit PedrettiMidfielder
7Dimitri PayetStriker
11Ryan MendesStriker
26Nolan RouxStriker
16Steeve ElanaGoalkeeper
3Lucas DigneDefender
22David RozehnalDefender
15Djibril SidibéDefender
-De MeloStriker
-Gianni BrunoStriker
20R. RodelinStriker

From the web