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  • November 5, 2011
  • • 21:00
  • • Estadio Ciudad de Valencia, Valencia
  • Referee: Carlos Del Cerro Grande
  • • Attendance: 12500
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La Liga Preview: Levante v Valencia

For the first time since 1964-65, the home side participate in the derby with an advantage in the standings


PROBABLE LINEUPS

LEVANTE


Munua
Lopze, Nano, Ballesteros, Del Horno
Iborra, Torres
Juanlu, Barkero, Valdo
Kone/Aranda
VALENCIA


Guaita
Miguel, Ruiz, Rami, Mathieu
Topal, Costa
Hernandez, Jonas, Piatti
Soldado


For the home side, Arouna Kone, Nabil El Zhar, Javi Venta and Jose Javier Barkero all did not train early in the week. Venta and El Zhar both missed the team's last game with muscle injuries.

Kone injured his hip against Osasuna, while Bakero has a right leg contusion, but both are likely to take part in the match.

For the visitors, Sergio Canales remains out with a knee injury, looking set to return in six months, while Hedwiges Maduro is out until February with an ankle concern.

Coach Unai Emery will have to find a replacement for Ever Banega, who will miss a month after straining ligaments in his right knee in the 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday. Tino Costa is set to step into his position.

In goal, as usual, Vicente Guaita will take over for Diego Alves, as the Spaniard handles La Liga duties, while the Brazilian participates in the Champions League.

DID YOU KNOW?
  • Levante are in third place in the league, having won seven games, as many as Barcelona.
  • The Frogs were undefeated in their first nine league matches, before losing to Osasuna in their 10th match.

  • Last season, the club did not manage to beat their opponents on Saturday, tying 0-0 in the Mestalla, while falling at home 1-0 after a late winner by Juan Mata.
  • Valencia are in fourth place in the league and are on a three-game winning streak.
  • Emery's team have scored six total goals in the last two games, more than in the seven previous contests combined.
  • The club was founded in 1919, 10 years after Levante.

Players to watch

Del Horno

Position: Defender

Games: 0

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Known mainly for his hectic spells at Chelsea and Valencia, the former Spain international looks to revive his career at Levante. The defender will have his hands full with Roberto Soldado as he tries to prove his worth against his former employer.

Jonas

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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After scoring the second fastest goal in Champions League history on Tuesday against Bayer Leverkusen just under 11 seconds in, the former Gremio man will look to net his first league goal of the season in the derby.

Editor's Prediction

Both teams have started out the season well, though Valencia are in finer form after Levante suffered their first defeat of the season against Osasuna. However, with several injuries for the visitors, a draw looks likely in what should be an emotional and eventful contest.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Levante

Valencia

Wins
3
0
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Levante UD LEV
Levante UD Levante
Draw
Valencia CF VAL
Valencia CF Valencia
23%
16%
61%

Top 3 Predictions

Levante UD LEV
1 - 2
Valencia CF VAL
Levante UD LEV
0 - 2
Valencia CF VAL
Levante UD LEV
1 - 1
Valencia CF VAL

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