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  • November 26, 2011
  • • 17:00
  • • Estadio del Rayo Vallecano (de Vallecas Teresa Rivero), Madrid
  • Referee: Javier Estrada Fernández
  • • Attendance: 13000
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La Liga Preview: Rayo Vallecano v Valencia

La Liga Preview: Rayo Vallecano v Valencia

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Sitting in the middle of the table, the Madrid-based club will play host to Unai Emery's men, who could make changes after their emphatic Champions League win over Genk in midweek


PROBABLE LINEUPS

RAYO VALLECANO

Cobeno
Tito, Labaka, Jordi, Casado
Movilla, Fuego
Lass, Michu, Piti
Delibasic/Tamudo
VALENCIA
 
Guaita
Barragan, Dealbert, Ruiz, Alba
Topal, T. Costa
Hernandez, Parejo, Piatti
Aduriz

The home side look healthy entering this contest, with no major injury news of note.

In attack, Andrija Delibasic may get another start for Rayo, though the Montenegro man has had trouble finding the net this season. Jose Ramon Sandoval may opt for Raul Tamudo, who has three goals this season, to work with Michu, who leads the scoring chart with five strikes.

For Valencia, Unai Emery may opt to shuffle his squad after thrashing Genk 7-0 at Mestalla on Wednesday evening. Pablo Piatti, Dani Parejo and Aritz Aduriz could feature as Roberto Soldado, Jonas and Sofiane Feghouli may be given a rest.

On the injury front, Ever Banega is still out for the rest of the month with a knee injury, while Sergio Canales aims for an April return after tearing a knee ligament in October. Hedwiges Maduro will return in February after suffering torn ligaments in his ankle.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Valencia sit in third place in the league with 24 points, seven behind leaders Real Madrid.
  • In their last league game, Los Che fell to Jose Mourinho's men 3-2, but are coming off a 7-0 win over Genk in Wednesday's Champions League fixture.
  • Emery's defence has only conceded two goals away from home in five domestic games, the lowest in the league alongside Sevilla.
  • Rayo Vallecano sit in 10th place in La Liga with 16 points, having won four games, tied four and lost four. 
  • The Madrid club are one of the best defensively at home, only letting in three goals in five games.
  • The home side have only lost one of their last five games ahead of Saturday's encounter.

Players to watch

Michu

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The Spanish midfielder leads his team in goals with five, and he will surely need to find the net or create chances if Rayo hope to exit with a positive result. A talented player with potential, the defenders of Valencia will surely look to position themselves well to eliminate his constant threats.

Dani Parejo

Position: Midfielder

Games: 2

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The former Getafe star has yet to make a real positive impression on the Valencia faithful, with inconsistent performances and questionable decisions with the ball. The midfielder may be running out of chances, so Saturday stands as another opportunity to prove his worth.

Editor's Prediction

An even match looks likely as Valencia rest many of their starters ahead of Wednesday's game against Chelsea.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Rayo Vallecano

Valencia

Wins
0
4
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Rayo Vallecano RAY
Rayo Vallecano Rayo Vallecano
Draw
Valencia Club de Fútbol VAL
Valencia Club de Fútbol Valencia
87%

Top 3 Predictions

Rayo Vallecano RAY
0 - 2
Valencia Club de Fútbol VAL
Rayo Vallecano RAY
1 - 2
Valencia Club de Fútbol VAL
Rayo Vallecano RAY
1 - 3
Valencia Club de Fútbol VAL

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