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October 3, 2012 12:15 AM IST
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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

By Alec Fenn

Adil Rami y Roberto Soldado - Valencia
Adil Rami y Roberto Soldado - Valencia
  PROBABLE LINEUPS
VALENCIA

Guaita
 Pereira, Rami, Ruiz, Cissokho
 Feghouli, Costa, Gago, Viera
Jonas
 Soldado
LILLE

Landreau
Beria, Basa, Chedjou, Digne

Mendes, Pedretti, Mavuba, Gueye, Payet
Roux

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).

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • 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.



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