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  • September 24, 2011
  • • 17:00
  • • Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Sevilla
  • Referee: César Muñiz Fernández
  • • Attendance: 36000
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La Liga Preview: Sevilla v Valencia

La Liga Preview: Sevilla v Valencia

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Two of Spain's top teams do battle at the Sanchez Pizjuan on Saturday with both clubs looking to continue their excellent starts to the Primera Division campaign


PROBABLE LINE-UPS

Sevilla (4-4-2): Javi Varas; Caceres, Spahic, Escude, Navarro; Jesus Navas, Medel, Trochowski, Perotti; Kanoute, Negredo


The home team will likely call upon the attacking duo of Alvaro Negredo and Frederic Kanoute to lead the frontline against Unai Emery's defence, one that caused a lot of problems for Barcelona midweek.

Valencia (4-2-3-1): Guaita; Bruno, Ruiz, Rami, Mathieu; Banega, Tino Costa; Canales, Piatti, Pablo; Soldado


Captain David Albelda will miss the clash with a back problem after being injured against Barca in the midweek draw. In his place, Argentine Tino Costa is expected to slot into midfield with Sergio Canales getting another shot to prove himself in the starting XI.



DID YOU KNOW?
  • Sevilla sit in fifth place in the league with eight points after four rounds having won both their home games and drawn both away. 
  • In midweek, the Andalucians laboured to a 0-0 draw with Osasuna.
  • The home side beat Unai Emery's men twice last season, winning 2-0 and 1-0.

  • Valencia are in second place in the league with 10 points, two behind leaders Real Betis.

  • Roberto Soldado is tied at the top of the Pichichi table with five goals, joined by Atletico Madrid's Radamel Falcao and Barca's Lionel Messi.

  • Including the last four games of last season, Valencia have not tasted defeat in nine contests.

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Available Squads
-Javi VarasGoalkeeper
3Fernando NavarroDefender
-Julien EscudéDefender
5Emir SpahicDefender
4Martín CáceresDefender
19PerottiMidfielder
24Gary MedelMidfielder
15Piotr TrochowskiMidfielder
15Jesús Navas GonzálezMidfielder
9NegredoStriker
12Fred KanoutéStriker
14Manu Del MoralStriker
16CampañaDefender
5AlexisDefender
1Andrés PalopGoalkeeper
9ArmenterosMidfielder
10Ivan RakiticMidfielder
23CokeDefender
30GuaitaGoalkeeper
3Jérémy MathieuDefender
4Adil RamiDefender
18Víctor RuizDefender
2BrunoDefender
7JonasStriker
-Ever BanegaMidfielder
24Tino CostaMidfielder
8Hedwiges MaduroMidfielder
17Pablo PiattiStriker
20Aritz Aduriz ZubeldiaStriker
21ParejoMidfielder
20Ricardo CostaDefender
1Diego AlvesGoalkeeper
9Roberto SoldadoStriker
19BarragánDefender
8Sofiane FeghouliMidfielder
16CanalesMidfielder
Players to Watch
Jesús Navas González
Jesús Navas González
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 15
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
A gifted midfielder and a World Cup winner, the pacey Spain international will be looked upon to feed balls into the box for the strikers, while also taking an occasional threatening shot from outside the area.
Adil Rami
Adil Rami
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 4
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
One of the fresh faces for Unai Emery, Rami has been in stellar form for the visitors. A solid defender, the France international star is also a threat in attack during set pieces. Having already converted off a corner, Rami will look to do the same on Saturday.
Prediction
Both teams have attacking players who can change the final outcome if given a chance, but neither have shown a strong ability to convert on goalscoring opportunities. A draw seems deserving for both clubs, although Valencia have been in fine form in recent weeks.
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