Valencia-Real Madrid Preview: Los Che out to avenge cup defeat
Ernesto Valverde's side will have revenge on their minds after they were aggrieved by the manner of their loss to the Castilian giants in the Copa del Rey quarter-final first leg
By Karthick Arvinth
Barragan, Rami, R Costa, Guardado
Gago, T Costa
Piatti, Banega, Jonas
Arbeloa, Albiol, Varane, Coentrao
Ozil, Modric, Ronaldo
Valencia duo Daniel Parejo and Joao Pereira will sit out Sunday's Primera Division clash against Real Madrid through suspension.
Sergio Canales (knee) and Jeremy Mathieu (ankle) are also unavailable, while captain David Albelda and defender Victor Ruiz are doubts.
Los Che boss Ernesto Valverde will serve a touchline ban after he was sent off in the 2-0 Copa del Rey defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.
Cristiano Ronaldo is back from suspension for Madrid, along with goalkeeper Antonio Adan, who could replace Iker Casillas between the sticks.
Kaka and Sergio Ramos serve bans, while defender Pepe is sidelined through injury.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Valencia have won seven of their last nine matches in all competitions.
- Los Che have failed to beat Real Madrid in their last eight head-to-head meetings, losing six.
- Fernando Gago (pictured, right) made 119 Liga appearances for Madrid between 2007 and 2011, scoring one goal.
- Real Madrid have won just one of their last six away matches across all competitions (W1, D2, L3).
- The Castilian giants are on a three-match winning streak at the Mestalla.
- Gonzalo Higuain has scored five times at Mestalla, making him the second-highest scoring Madrid player away at Valencia after Alfredo Di Stefano (six).
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Top 3 Predictions
Valencia CF 1-3 Real Madrid CF
- 15.91 %
Valencia CF 1-2 Real Madrid CF
- 9.4 %
Valencia CF 0-2 Real Madrid CF
- 8.61 %
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Dec 22, 2013||Valencia CF 2 - Real Madrid CF 3|
|Spain - Copa del Rey (ESPC)||Jan 23, 2013||Valencia CF 1 - Real Madrid CF 1|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Jan 20, 2013||Valencia CF 0 - Real Madrid CF 5|
|Spain - Copa del Rey (ESPC)||Jan 15, 2013||Real Madrid CF 2 - Valencia CF 0|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Aug 19, 2012||Real Madrid CF 1 - Valencia CF 1|
|Apr 13, 2014||Valencia CF 2 - Elche 1||LIGA|
|Apr 10, 2014||Valencia CF 5 - Basel 0||EL|
|Apr 6, 2014||Valladolid 0 - Valencia CF 0||LIGA|
|Apr 3, 2014||Basel 3 - Valencia CF 0||EL|
|Mar 30, 2014||Valencia CF 1 - Getafe 3||LIGA|
|18||Jose Andrés Guardado||Midfielder|
|22||Ángel Di María||Midfielder|
The Spain marksman was perhaps unlucky not to score on Tuesday after several questionable offside calls went against him at the Bernabeu. Soldado will be fired up to correct the perceived injustices of the midweek clash and lead his team to victory on Sunday.
The former Stuttgart midfielder has been one of the few shining lights in what has otherwise been a dismal season for Madrid. Khedira got into good positions in Tuesday's 2-0 victory and provided his fourth assist of the season when he set up Karim Benzema for the opening goal.
Madrid are struggling to win away from home and will face a hostile reception at Mestalla following the acrimonious fallout from their last meeting on Tuesday. Valencia's home form has been good this season despite some recent mishaps, and they could nick a point out of this.
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