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Primera División

  • March 4, 2012
  • • 17:00
  • • Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes, Granada
  • Referee: Eduardo Iturralde Gonzalez
  • • Attendance: 12000

Granada - Valencia Preview: Unai Emery's under-pressure side look to bounce back from Sevilla loss

Granada - Valencia Preview: Unai Emery's under-pressure side look to bounce back from Sevilla loss

Roberto Soldado - Valencia

With just one win in their last eight matches, Los Che desperately need to get back to winning ways if they are to hold on to third place in the Primera Division standings



Nyom, Lopez, Gomez, Siqueira
F Rico, M Rico
Abel, Uche, Benitez

Bruno, Rami, Ruiz, Mathieu
Albelda, T Costa
Feghouli, Jonas, Alba

Granada defender Inigo Lopez could recover from the muscle problem that ruled him out of last weekend's defeat at Osasuna and start against Valencia on Sunday.

Goalkeeper Roberto and midfielder Carlos Martins are suspended for the clash, while Hassan Yebda is sidelined for several months with ruptured knee ligaments. Brazilian left-back Guilherme Siqueira is available for selection again after serving a one-match suspension.

Valencia will be without Argentine midfielder Ever Banega, who has been sidelined from action for up to six months after undergoing surgery for a broken ankle.

Right-back Miguel will also sit out the trip to Granada through injury, with Bruno likely to deputise.

  • Granada have won three and lost two in the league since Abel Resino was appointed coach in January.
  • The Andalusian club have won four of their last six league matches played at Nuevo Los Carmenes.
  • Granada have scored 10 goals in the five games for which Resino has been in charge, having netted just 12 in 19 matches prior to this.
  • Valencia have won just one of their last eight league fixtures - a run that has seen their lead over fourth-placed Levante shrink to just five points.
  • Los Che are on a six-game winless run away from home in the league. Their last win on the road came at Rayo Vallecano in November.
  • Roberto Soldado (pictured right), who netted a hat-trick for Spain in their friendly win over Venezuela in midweek, has not scored in his last eight appearances for Valencia.

Players to watch

Íñigo López

Position: Defender

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The Logrono-born defender has been in good form at the back and, with three goals in his last three games, is enjoying the kind of goalscoring form that an out-and-out striker would be proud of. Granada will need the 29-year-old at his best as they prepare for a tough run of fixtures in March, which includes trips to Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.


Position: Attacker

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The former Getafe man will be in a confident mood after his midweek heroics for Spain went a long way towards securing his place in Vicente del Bosque's squad for the European Championships. Unai Emery will now be hoping that his star striker can carry over that goalscoring form to his club and help relieve some of the pressure that has been mounting on his shoulders over the past few weeks.

Editor's Prediction

Amid a poor run of results that has caused no small amount of unrest among the Mestalla faithful, Sunday's trip to Granada represents a big game for the visitors, who will be desperate for a win to get the critics off their back. While the Andalusians have made an encouraging enough start to life under Resino, this might just prove to be a bridge too far for them.

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