Three points apart, La Rosaleda plays host to the weekend's top Primera Division fixture, as the competitors fight for a Champions League qualification place
Sanchez, Demichelis, Weligton, Monreal
Joaquin, Cazorla, Isco
Barragan, Rami, R. Costa, Jordi Alba
T. Costa, TopalFeghouli, Jonas, Mathieu
For the home side, the team is healthy entering the contest, aside from Julio Baptista, who is still suffering from a lower leg injury.
Valencia is still without Ever Banega, who will not return this season due to injury, while Sergio Canales, who missed six months with a right knee injury before recently returning, will miss another six months after again hurting the same knee on Thursday. In addition, David Albelda will miss this game due to suspension.
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- Valencia, who sits in third place in La Liga with 55 points, were just ousted from the Europa League semifinals after losing to Atletico Madrid 5-2 on aggregate.
- Los Che took down the hosts 2-0 in their first meeting in December, with both goals coming from Roberto Soldado.
- In its last two league victories, Valencia have scored four goals in each. In their last league loss, they allowed four goals.
- Malaga is in fourth place in La Liga with 52 points, three behind their opponents for Sunday.
- Manuel Pellegrini's men have not seen victory in their last three league clashes, drawing two and losing one, while scoring one goal in each contest.
- A loss on Sunday would see the team six points adrift of Valencia for an automatic Champions League spot with three league matches to go. The match is arguably a must-win for both, but more so for Malaga, which travels to Barcelona and Atletico Madrid before ending the season at home against Sporting Gijon. Emery's men finish the season with Osasuna and Villarreal at home, before traveling to face Real Sociedad.