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  • October 26, 2011
  • • 19:00
  • • Estadio de la Romareda, Zaragoza
  • Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo
  • • Attendance: 18000
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La Liga Preview: Zaragoza v Valencia

La Liga Preview: Zaragoza v Valencia

Roberto Soldado, Valencia vs Racing Santander (Getty)

La Romareda will play host to Unai Emery's side as they look to get back on track after three games without victory


PROBABLE LINEUPS

REAL ZARAGOZA

Roberto
Juarez, Mateos, Silva, Paredes
Ponzio, Meira
Barrera, Garcia, Lafita
Postiga

VALENCIA

Guaita
Miguel, Ruiz, Costa, Mathieu
Hernandez, Banega, Albelda, Piatti
Jonas, Soldado



For home boss Javier Aguirre, fellow countrymen Efrain Juarez and Pablo Barrera will likely start. Helder Postiga will be the lone striker up top and Leonardo Ponzio will command the middle of the pitch.

The biggest injury news for the visitors comes in the form of Sergio Canales, who is likely to be out for the majority of the season after suffering a serious cruciate ligament injury in the 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao on Sunday evening.

With Adil Rami serving his second game of suspension, Ricardo Costa will likely replace the France international once more in the centre of defence. Jonas looks set to join Roberto Soldado up top as Valencia hope to find their scoring touch.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Zaragoza are in 14th place in the Primera Division table, having collected two wins from their eight matches so far this season.
  • The Aragon club come into the contest on the back of a 3-0 loss to Osasuna.

  • Coach Javier Aguirre has taken charge of the Mexico national team on two occasions, while also commanding the hotseat at Osasuna and Atletico Madrid.
  • Valencia have only one victory in their last seven games, in all competitions, a 1-0 defeat of Granada.
  • Unai Emery's side needed a late goal from Soldado to tie 1-1 with Athletic Bilbao on Sunday, and sit in fifth place in the league.
  • The visitors did not beat Zaragoza last season, tying once and losing the other meeting 4-0.

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Last Five Matches
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
12RobertoGoalkeeper
3ParedesDefender
14Paulo Da SilvaDefender
6David MateosDefender
16Efraín JuárezDefender
10Luis GarcíaStriker
23Leonardo PonzioMidfielder
17Rubén MicaelMidfielder
2Fernando MeiraDefender
17Pablo Edson BarreraStriker
23Hélder PostigaStriker
-Leo FrancoGoalkeeper
6Maurizio LanzaroDefender
26Juan CarlosMidfielder
20Franco ZuculiniMidfielder
8Edu OriolMidfielder
17LafitaMidfielder
26OrtíStriker
30GuaitaGoalkeeper
2BrunoDefender
-DealbertDefender
18Víctor RuizDefender
18Jordi AlbaDefender
10ParejoMidfielder
-Mehmet TopalMidfielder
8Sofiane FeghouliMidfielder
-Ever BanegaMidfielder
11Pablo PiattiStriker
9Roberto SoldadoStriker
1Diego AlvesGoalkeeper
19BarragánDefender
24Jérémy MathieuDefender
-AlbeldaMidfielder
24Tino CostaMidfielder
7JonasStriker
20Aritz Aduriz ZubeldiaStriker
Players to Watch
Efraín Juárez
Efraín Juárez
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 16
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

The former Pumas man, who is on loan from Celtic, has a tough task at hand in attempting to contain a potentially dangerous attack of Valencia. His speed and physicality will be needed to keep up with Pablo Hernandez, Pablo Piatti and company.

 

Jonas
Jonas
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

The Brazilian has featured as a starter as of late for the Champions League side, providing shots on goal and quality passing. He will need to do the same for Valencia to escape with a much needed result.

Prediction

The visitors should get back on track with Roberto Soldado leading the way. The big question will be Ricardo Costa's ability to step in for Adil Rami in defence after playing mediocre against Athletic Bilbao. A big game for both sides, but Valencia should secure three points.

 

 

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