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  • November 1, 2011
  • • 3:45 PM
  • • Estadio de Mestalla, Valencia
  • Referee: J. Eriksson
  • • Attendance: 37047
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Champions League Preview: Valencia - Leverkusen

Champions League Preview: Valencia - Leverkusen

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The Spanish side face a must-win clash against the Germans as they fight for their tournament lives in Group E


PROBABLE LINEUPS

VALENCIA


Alves
Mathieu, Ruiz, Rami, Jordi Alba
Topal, Banega
Pablo Hernandez, Jonas, Feghouli
Soldado

LEVERKUSEN


Leno
Castro, Friedrich, Toprak, Kadlec
Rolfes, Bender
Sam, Ballack, Schurrle
Kiessling

Diego Alves will command the goal for Valencia as he continues his participation in the tournament with Vicente Guaita playing in La Liga action.

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.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • 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.

Players to watch

Soldado

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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B. Leno

Position: Goalkeeper

Games: 10

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Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Valencia

Bayer Leverkusen

Wins
1
0
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Valencia Club de Fútbol VAL
Valencia Club de Fútbol Valencia
Draw
TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen LEV
TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen Bayer Leverkusen
55%
25%
20%

Top 3 Predictions

Valencia Club de Fútbol VAL
2 - 0
TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen LEV
Valencia Club de Fútbol VAL
1 - 1
TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen LEV
Valencia Club de Fútbol VAL
2 - 1
TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen LEV

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