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Copa del Rey

  • January 11, 2012
  • • 21:00
  • • Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Sevilla
  • Referee: José Antonio Teixeira Vitienes
  • • Attendance: 25000

Aggregate 2 - 2 Valencia win on away goals

Copa del Rey Preview: Sevilla - Valencia

Copa del Rey Preview: Sevilla - Valencia

Roberto Soldado - Valencia

After losing the first leg 1-0, the hosts have their work cut out against Unai Emery's men, who have not suffered defeat in their last five matches



Palop/Javi Varas
Coke, Spahic, Escude, Navarro
Rakitic, Medel
Perotti, Reyes, Del Moral


Miguel, Rami, Ruiz, Jordi Alba
Albelda, Banega
Feghouli, Jonas, Mathieu

The home side look set to enter the round of 16 clash without Jesus Navas, who did not train on Monday as he is still suffering from the leg injury that saw him miss his team's last league encounter, a 2-1 loss to Rayo Vallecano on Sunday. The Spain international has worked apart from the team as he looks to reach full fitness.

There are worries too over the goalkeeping situation, as both Andres Palop and Javi Varas are suffering knocks and trained lightly on Monday, though at least one of the two should be ready for the game. Jose Antonio Reyes, meanwhile, is eligible to play following his return from Atletico Madrid last week.

Valencia are still without the services of Hedwiges Maduro and Sergio Canales, who have been out since October with injuries and are still recovering.

With poor performances as of late from Mehmet Topal, David Albelda may get a chance in midfield in the clash.

Another player who may see minutes is Tino Costa. The Argentine missed the last few games of December with an injury but is now physically ready to compete and played a part in the 2-2 draw with Villarreal at the weekend.

  • Sevilla have lost their last two games, a 1-0 result in the first leg against their opponents for Wednesday, and a 2-1 loss to Rayo Vallecano over the weekend in league play. It marks the first time this season that the team have lost consecutive games.
  • This season, not counting the Europa League play-off in mid-August, the club have lost just as many games at home (three) as on the road.
  • The hosts have won the cup five times, earning the titles most recently in 2007 and 2010.
  • Valencia hold a 1-0 advantage in the tie thanks to a goal by Jonas in the first leg.
  • Roberto Soldado, who is the team's leading goalscorer with 17 goals this term, still continues to struggle on the road. The former Real Madrid striker has only scored one goal away from home all season.
  • The visitors have won the tournament seven times, with the last title coming in 2008.


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Available Squads
13Javi VarasGoalkeeper
3Fernando NavarroDefender
5Emir SpahicDefender
2Federico Julián FazioDefender
4Martín CáceresDefender
15Piotr TrochowskiMidfielder
15Jesús Navas GonzálezMidfielder
8Gary MedelMidfielder
20Manu Del MoralStriker
14Julien EscudéDefender
10Ivan RakiticMidfielder
12Fred KanoutéStriker
1Diego AlvesGoalkeeper
23Miguel BritoDefender
22Jérémy MathieuDefender
4Adil RamiDefender
18Jordi AlbaDefender
5Víctor RuizDefender
8Sofiane FeghouliMidfielder
-Ever BanegaMidfielder
9Roberto SoldadoStriker
5Mehmet TopalMidfielder
17Pablo PiattiStriker
11Pablo HernándezMidfielder
24Tino CostaMidfielder
20Aritz Aduriz ZubeldiaStriker
Players to Watch
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The talented striker will need to be at his best against Valencia's defence if Sevilla hope to advance. The former Real Madrid man has only two goals in his last 14 games.
Adil Rami
Adil Rami
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 4
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The French defender will have his hands full against the potent attack of Sevilla, but los Che allowed them little in the way of chances in the first leg. Another solid display from the stopper could be enough to edge his side through.
If Jesus Navas misses out, it will prove difficult for Sevilla to bag a victory. But even if the talented midfielder plays, Valencia should have enough, with their first-leg advantage in tow, to secure their spot in the next round.
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