The Spanish side face a must-win clash against the Germans as they fight for their tournament lives in Group E
Mathieu, Ruiz, Rami, Jordi Alba
Pablo Hernandez, Jonas, Feghouli
Castro, Friedrich, Toprak, Kadlec
Sam, Ballack, Schurrle
With goals certainly needed as a draw will do little for the Spanish, Jonas will likely start behind Roberto Soldado, with Sofiane Feghouli earning a spot on the left after bagging a brace versus Getafe on Saturday.
Sergio Canales and Hedwiges Maduro are long-term casualties for Los Che, with the former potentially out for the rest of the season after suffering a cruciate ligamanet injury versus Athletic Bilbao last week. Maduro could be out until February with ankle ligament damage.
For the Germans, Michael Ballack's availability is in question after he broke his nose in last Friday's 1-0 win over Freiburg. However, he is expected to play with a protective mask. First-choice shot-stopper Rene Adler remains out of action after undergoing knee surgery in the close season.
Renato Augusto, Tranquillo Barnetta and Michael Ortega are all out with varying knee injuries.
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- Valencia sits in fourth place in La Liga but only in third in Group E in the Champions League, four points behind Leverkusen and five behind Chelsea.
- The 3-1 win over Getafe on Saturday in domestic league action was the side's first win of the year by more than one goal.
- In the Group E encounter, a Valencia loss combined with a Chelsea win would eliminate the Spanish club's chances of making the knockout stage.
- Leverkusen sits in eighth place in the Bundesliga, but are in solid position in the Champions League with the chance to cement their future on Tuesday.
- The Germans will qualify for the knockout stage if they win and if Genk do not defeat Chelsea.
- At the very worst, Leverkusen will play in the Europa League if it wins on Tuesday or if it ties and Genk fails to beat Chelsea, as those scenarios would eliminate the possibility of finishing fourth in the group.