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  • 26 February 2012
  • • 22:30
  • • Estadio de Mestalla, Valencia
  • Referee: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes
  • • Attendance: 40000
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Valencia - Sevilla Preview: Hosts look to get payback at Mestalla in the clubs' fourth meeting this season

Valencia - Sevilla Preview: Hosts look to get payback at Mestalla in the clubs' fourth meeting this season

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Riding high after knocking out Stoke City in the Europa League, Unai Emery's men look to avoid their third defeat of the season to Sunday's 11th-placed visitors


PROBABLE LINEUPS


VALENCIA

Alves
Bruno, Rami, Dealbert, Mathieu
Albelda, Tino Costa
Feghouli, Jonas, Piatti
Soldado

SEVILLA


Palop
Coke, Spahic, Fazio, Navarro

Navas, Medel, Rakitic, Reyes
Kanoute, Negredo

For the Europa League contenders, Roberto Soldado, fresh from his first call-up to the Spain national team since 2007, will likely be in the starting XI after coming on as a substitute on Thursday.

On the injury front, Sergio Canales and Hedwiges Maduro are still recovering from serious problems and will not feature, while Miguel is set to miss a month after suffering an injury to his right leg last weekend. With the recent bizare damage to Ever Banega, the Argentine will miss the rest of the season and Tino Costa looks to replace him.

For Sevilla, the team looks fairly healthy entering the contest, though Gary Medel, Ivan Rakitic, Frederic Kanoute and Federico Fazio practiced separate from the rest of the team early in the week, but they are all expected to be fit for the contest.

However, the mid-table side will be without the services of defender Alexis, who was sent out on loan to Getafe until June.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Valencia currently sit in third place in La Liga with 40 points, seven ahead of Espanyol and Athletic Bilbao.
  • On Thursday, a goal from Jonas saw Los Che defeat Stoke City in the second leg of their Europa Leage round-of-32 clash. The Spaniards advanced 2-0 on aggregate.
  • In their last four games, Emery's side have kept three clean sheets, two coming against the English side in cup play.
  • Sevilla, who sit in 11th place in the league with 29 points, are only four away from fourth.
  • The visitors have beaten Valencia twice this season, 1-0 in their first league match and 2-1 in a Copa del Rey clash
  • Before beating Osasuna 2-0 last week in league play, the visitors had gone eight La Liga fixtures without a win.

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30GuaitaGoalkeeper
2BrunoDefender
4Adil RamiDefender
18Jordi AlbaDefender
18Víctor RuizDefender
24Jérémy MathieuDefender
-AlbeldaMidfielder
8Sofiane FeghouliMidfielder
24Tino CostaMidfielder
7JonasStriker
9Roberto SoldadoStriker
1Diego AlvesGoalkeeper
19BarragánDefender
-Mehmet TopalMidfielder
-Pablo HernándezMidfielder
10ParejoMidfielder
20Aritz Aduriz ZubeldiaStriker
11Pablo PiattiStriker
1Andrés PalopGoalkeeper
3Fernando NavarroDefender
5Emir SpahicDefender
-Julien EscudéDefender
23CokeDefender
15Jesús Navas GonzálezMidfielder
24Gary MedelMidfielder
4Ivan RakiticMidfielder
7NegredoStriker
12Fred KanoutéStriker
21ReyesStriker
-Javi VarasGoalkeeper
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27LunaDefender
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