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Llagostera - Valencia Preview: Los Che look to get Copa del Rey campaign up and running
Following a disappointing start to La Liga, the Costa Blanca club will be aiming to secure a place in the last 16 at the expense of the Segunda Division B side
By Ben McAleer
Canal, Aimar, Vallhonesta, Gonzalez
Tarradellas, Serramitja, Joaqui, Tito
Pereira, Rami, Costa, Cissokho
Gago, Banega, Costa
Viera, Soldado, Bernat
Valencia coach Mauricio Pellegrino will be looking to put the disappointing weekend defeat to Betis behind him as his side begin their Copa del Rey campaign.
However, he will be without the services of injured duo Sergio Canales and David Albelda, both of whom are suffering respective leg and hamstring injuries.
The hosts' coach Oriol Alsina has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the clash following his sides 2-0 weekend Segunda Division B win over Valencia II.
Alsina is likely to persist with the same starting XI for the encounter with La Liga outfit as he looks to cause a first-leg upset.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Llagostera have won one of their last four games at the Estadi Municipal.
- The Segunda Division B side have already claimed a scalp over Los Che having defeated their 'B' team at the weekend.
- Llagostera are having temporary stands put up for the encounter which will boost the capacity of the Estadi Municipal to 2,400.
- Valencia have lost five of their last six games away from home.
- Los Che frontman Roberto Soldado (pictured, right) is just eight goals away from his 50th in all domestic competitions since his arrival in 2010.
- The Copa del Rey encounter will be the first time Valencia have played Llagostera in their history.
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Top 3 Predictions
UE Llagostera 0-4 Valencia CF
- 17.78 %
UE Llagostera 0-3 Valencia CF
- 16.67 %
UE Llagostera 1-3 Valencia CF
- 13.33 %
|Spain - Copa del Rey (ESPC)||Nov 28, 2012||Valencia CF 3 - UE Llagostera 1|
|Spain - Copa del Rey (ESPC)||Oct 30, 2012||UE Llagostera 0 - Valencia CF 2|
|Nov 28, 2012||Valencia CF 3 - UE Llagostera 1||ESPC|
|Oct 30, 2012||UE Llagostera 0 - Valencia CF 2||ESPC|
|18||Jose Andrés Guardado||Midfielder|
The 28-year-old midfielder has three goals to his name this season and he'll be looking to cause Aly Cissokho problems during the encounter.
The Spain international netted a hat-trick during Valencia's recent trip to BATE Borisov in the Champions League and despite not scoring in the weekend defeat to Real Betis, he should be looking to net at the Segunda Division B side.
Llagostera have won just once in their last four encounters at home and despite only winning one in six away, Valencia should have enough about them to pick up a first-leg win and take control of the tie.
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Live Final scheduled Suspended Cancelled Postponed