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  • January 15, 2012
  • • 05:00
  • • Estadio de Mestalla, Valencia
  • Referee: Javier Estrada Fernández
  • • Attendance: 39000
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La Liga Preview: Valencia - Real Sociedad

La Liga Preview: Valencia - Real Sociedad

Ever Banega - Valencia

After edging past Sevilla midweek in the Copa del Rey, Unai Emery's side will look to put on a solid display against the visitors, who are just above the relegation zone


PROBABLE LINE-UPS


VALENCIA


Alves
Miguel, Rami, Ruiz, Jordi Alba
Banega, Costa
Feghouli, Jonas, Mathieu
Aduriz


REAL SOCIEDAD


Bravo
Estrada, Demidov, Gonzalez, Cadamuro
Elustondo, Arranburu
Vela, Zurutuza, Griezmann
Agirretxe
Sergio Canales and Hedwiges Maduro are still out for Unai Emery as both suffered injuries earlier in the season, and will look to return before the conclusion of the term.

Valencia will likely begin the match with Aritz Aduriz up top with Roberto Soldado resting after accumulating five yellow cards.

In goal, Vicente Guaita is still a bit banged up. Diego Alves, who looks to have taken the lead at Mestalla as the No. 1 goalkeeper, looks set to start.

For Real Sociedad, who will be looking to bounce back from a stunning 6-1 loss to Mallorca in the cup in midweek, Asier Illarramendi has been out since November and will not participate. The same rings true for Markel Bergara.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Valencia sit in third place in La Liga with 34 points, eight behind leaders Real Madrid.
  • Los Che lost to Sevilla 2-1 on Wednesday in the Copa del Rey round of 16 but advanced on aggregate thanks to a crucial away goal from Soldado. The second-half goal was only the striker's second away from home all season.
  • Last season, Emery's side took down Zaragoza twice, winning 2-1 and 3-0.
  • Real Sociedad are in 16th place with 18 points, two above the relegation zone. 
  • The visitors were knocked out of the Copa del Rey this week after being thrashed 6-1 by Mallorca, losing 6-3 on aggregate.
  • Sociedad, led by coach Philippe Montanier (pictured right), are fifth in the league in goals scored as visitors with nine. Real Madrid have the most with 27, while Barcelona are second with 12.

Players to watch

É. Banega

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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C. Vela

Position: Attacker

Games: 19

  • 7
  • 5
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Editor's Prediction

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Valencia

Real Sociedad

Wins
0
1
4
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Valencia Club de Fútbol VAL
Valencia Club de Fútbol Valencia
Draw
Real Sociedad de Fútbol RSO
Real Sociedad de Fútbol Real Sociedad
87%

Top 3 Predictions

Valencia Club de Fútbol VAL
3 - 0
Real Sociedad de Fútbol RSO
Valencia Club de Fútbol VAL
2 - 0
Real Sociedad de Fútbol RSO
Valencia Club de Fútbol VAL
2 - 1
Real Sociedad de Fútbol RSO

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