Valencia - Lille Preview: The two sides look to bounce back from defeats on matchday 1
The pair have made similarly disappointing starts to their Champions League campaign and will hope to get back to winning ways on Tuesday night
By Alec Fenn
Pereira, Rami, Ruiz, Cissokho
Feghouli, Costa, Gago, Viera
Beria, Basa, Chedjou, Digne
Mendes, Pedretti, Mavuba, Gueye, Payet
Given the start both sides have made to their respective domestic campaigns, Tuesday night’s Group F clash does not exactly have the makings of a classic.
Inconsistency has been a regular dish on Valencia’s plate, with two wins, two draws and two defeats recorded in their opening six league games, leaving them in 10th position in the table.
Their fortunes in Europe have fared little better either, with a 2-1 defeat to Bayern Munich far from an ideal start to their Champions League adventure for Mauricio Pellegrino’s men.
In the away dressing room Rudi Garcia’s Lille side have considerable problems of their own.
Since beating Saint-Etienne in their first Ligue 1 encounter, Les Dogues have recorded just one more victory – a 2-0 win over FC Copenhagen which secured their place in the group stages of the competition.
Their 3-1 home defeat to BATE Borisov was arguably the biggest shock of the first round of fixtures and a 2-0 defeat to Rennes on Friday night leaves confidence in short supply ahead of their trip to Mestalla.
Garcia will make late checks on the fitness of attacking trio Salomon Kalou, Ronny Rodelin and Marvin Martin – who all missed the defeat to Rennes through injury – while Valencia will be without Ricardo Costa (calf strain), Jeremy Mathieu (Achilles), David Albelda (thigh), Sergio Canales (knee) and Pablo Piatti (arm).
|DID YOU KNOW?|
Valencia defeated Lille 3-1 in the last meeting between the two sides back in 2009, as the pair went head to head in the group stages of the Europa League.
Los Che have won all of their last seven home games against French opposition.
The clash will be Valencia’s 100thEuropean Cup game.
Lille’s biggest away win in Europe was a 5-1 victory over Slavia Praha back in 2010.
Les Dogues have picked up just seven points from their first seven Ligue 1 matches.
Lille’s only European trophy success came back in 2004 when the club lifted the Uefa Intertoto Cup.
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Top 3 Predictions
Valencia CF 2-0 LOSC Lille Métropole
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Valencia CF 3-1 LOSC Lille Métropole
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Valencia CF 2-1 LOSC Lille Métropole
- 10.59 %
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||Dec 5, 2012||LOSC Lille Métropole 0 - Valencia CF 1|
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||Oct 2, 2012||Valencia CF 2 - LOSC Lille Métropole 0|
|UEFA Europa League (EL)||Dec 2, 2009||Valencia CF 3 - LOSC Lille Métropole 1|
|UEFA Europa League (EL)||Sep 17, 2009||LOSC Lille Métropole 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|
|-||Carlos Javier Delgado Rodríguez||Defender|
|21||Aurélien Chedjou Fongang||Defender|
The 27-year-old’s reputation continues to go from strength to strength following his goalscoring exploits for Spain earlier in September. The Spaniard joined Valencia from Getafe in 2010 and already has 37 goals to his name in just 70 appearances for the club. His predatory instincts have seen him find the back of the net twice in the league already this campaign, though a run of four games without a goal will give Lille hope of keeping him quiet.
|Rio Antonio Mavuba|
After a summer of transfer speculation linking Mavuba with a move to several of Europe’s biggest sides, very few expected the midfielder to still be at the club come the end of the transfer window. In the end a move failed to materialise and he remains a vital cog in Lille's side and his industry and intelligence in breaking up opposition attacks will be vital as les Dogues look to kick-start their season in Spain.