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September 24, 2011 5:00 PM BST
Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán — Sevilla
Referee:‬ César Muñiz‎
Attendance:‬ 36000‎

La Liga Preview: Sevilla v Valencia

Two of Spain's top teams do battle at the Sanchez Pizjuan on Saturday with both clubs looking to continue their excellent starts to the Primera Division campaign

By Roger Gonzalez

Ever Banega, Valencia
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Sevilla (4-4-2): Javi Varas; Caceres, Spahic, Escude, Navarro; Jesus Navas, Medel, Trochowski, Perotti; Kanoute, Negredo

The home team will likely call upon the attacking duo of Alvaro Negredo and Frederic Kanoute to lead the frontline against Unai Emery's defence, one that caused a lot of problems for Barcelona midweek.

Valencia (4-2-3-1): Guaita; Bruno, Ruiz, Rami, Mathieu; Banega, Tino Costa; Canales, Piatti, Pablo; Soldado

Captain David Albelda will miss the clash with a back problem after being injured against Barca in the midweek draw. In his place, Argentine Tino Costa is expected to slot into midfield with Sergio Canales getting another shot to prove himself in the starting XI.

  • Sevilla sit in fifth place in the league with eight points after four rounds having won both their home games and drawn both away. 
  • In midweek, the Andalucians laboured to a 0-0 draw with Osasuna.
  • The home side beat Unai Emery's men twice last season, winning 2-0 and 1-0.

  • Valencia are in second place in the league with 10 points, two behind leaders Real Betis.

  • Roberto Soldado is tied at the top of the Pichichi table with five goals, joined by Atletico Madrid's Radamel Falcao and Barca's Lionel Messi.

  • Including the last four games of last season, Valencia have not tasted defeat in nine contests.

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Head to Head
Spain - Primera Division ‎(LIGA)‎ Feb 16, 2014 Sevilla 0 - Valencia CF 0
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Spain - Primera Division ‎(LIGA)‎ Sep 22, 2013 Valencia CF 3 - Sevilla 1
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Spain - Primera Division ‎(LIGA)‎ Jun 1, 2013 Sevilla 4 - Valencia CF 3
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Spain - Primera Division ‎(LIGA)‎ Jan 12, 2013 Valencia CF 2 - Sevilla 0
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Last Five Matches
Team News
Available Squads
13Javi VarasGoalkeeper
3Fernando NavarroDefender
14Julien EscudéDefender
5Emir SpahicDefender
4Martín CáceresDefender
8Gary MedelMidfielder
15Piotr TrochowskiMidfielder
15Jesús Navas GonzálezMidfielder
12Fred KanoutéStriker
14Manu Del MoralStriker
25Andrés PalopGoalkeeper
11Ivan RakiticMidfielder
22Jérémy MathieuDefender
4Adil RamiDefender
5Víctor RuizDefender
-Ever BanegaMidfielder
24Tino CostaMidfielder
12Hedwiges MaduroMidfielder
17Pablo PiattiStriker
20Aritz Aduriz ZubeldiaStriker
20Ricardo CostaDefender
1Diego AlvesGoalkeeper
9Roberto SoldadoStriker
8Sofiane FeghouliMidfielder
Players to Watch
Jesús Navas González
Jesús Navas González
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 15
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
A gifted midfielder and a World Cup winner, the pacey Spain international will be looked upon to feed balls into the box for the strikers, while also taking an occasional threatening shot from outside the area.
Adil Rami
Adil Rami
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 4
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
One of the fresh faces for Unai Emery, Rami has been in stellar form for the visitors. A solid defender, the France international star is also a threat in attack during set pieces. Having already converted off a corner, Rami will look to do the same on Saturday.
Probable Lineups
Javi Varas 13
Fernando Navarro 3
Julien Escudé 14
Emir Spahic 5
Martín Cáceres 4
Perotti 19
Gary Medel 8
Piotr Trochowski 15
Jesús Navas González 15
Negredo 9
Fred Kanouté 12
Guaita 13
Jérémy Mathieu 22
Adil Rami 4
Víctor Ruiz 5
Bruno 2
Jonas 7
Ever Banega 0
Tino Costa 24
Hedwiges Maduro 12
Pablo Piatti 17
Aritz Aduriz Zubeldia 20
Both teams have attacking players who can change the final outcome if given a chance, but neither have shown a strong ability to convert on goalscoring opportunities. A draw seems deserving for both clubs, although Valencia have been in fine form in recent weeks.
Editor's Prediction
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Atl. Madrid
27 5
Messi Messi
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
17 0