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  • April 1, 2012
  • • 17:00
  • • Estadio de Mestalla, Valencia
  • Referee: David Fernandez Borbalan
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Valencia - Levante Preview: Los Che aim to return to winning ways in derby clash

Valencia - Levante Preview: Los Che aim to return to winning ways in derby clash

Unai Emery, Valencia

After a string of sorry results and performances, Unai Emery's team hope to hold on to the third-place spot in the league with a victory over their neighbours


PROBABLE LINEUPS

VALENCIA


Guaita
Barragan, Ruiz, Rami, Mathieu 
Topal, Parejo
Feghouli, Jonas, Piatti
Aduriz
LEVANTE


Munua
Lopez, Ballesteros, Navarro, Juanfran
Farinos, Iborra
Zhar, Barkero, Botelho
Kone

Jordi Alba and Roberto Soldado will be absent for Valencia due to suspension, while Angel Dealbert, Bruno and Miguel look set to miss the match with knocks. Ever Banega and Sergio Canales, who suffered long-term injuries earlier this season, are still out.

Hedwiges Maduro's recovery from an ankle problem is progressing well, but he is very unlikely to feature on Sunday.

Levante, on the other hand, have a fully-fit squad at their disposal. Keylor Navas was the only one to miss out on Wednesday's session due to personal reasons. Coach Juan Ignacio is set to start with Arouna Kone upfront, supported by Nabil El Zhar, Jose Barkero and Pedro Botelho.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Valencia sit in third place in La Liga with 47 points ahead of Malaga on goal difference
  • Los Che lost three consecutive games for the first time all season after suffering a 1-2 loss to AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League quarter-final first leg.
  • The last time Valencia won a league match at home was on February 12th, a 4-0 win over Sporting Gijon.
  • Levante are in fifth place with 44 points and can tie their opponents in the standings with a victory.
  • This will be the fourth meeting between the teams this season, with Valencia winning the first three.
  • Levante's next opponents after Los Che are Atletico Madrid, Sporting Gijon, Barcelona and Sevilla, and face a tough challenge if they are to qualify for Europe.

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Available Squads
13GuaitaGoalkeeper
4Adil RamiDefender
19BarragánDefender
5Víctor RuizDefender
22Jérémy MathieuDefender
-AlbeldaMidfielder
8Sofiane FeghouliMidfielder
11Pablo HernándezMidfielder
21ParejoMidfielder
7JonasStriker
20Aritz Aduriz ZubeldiaStriker
1Diego AlvesGoalkeeper
20Ricardo CostaDefender
5Mehmet TopalMidfielder
24Tino CostaMidfielder
44Juan BernatMidfielder
17Pablo PiattiStriker
16Paco AlcácerStriker
-Gustavo MunúaGoalkeeper
12Juan García GarcíaDefender
18BallesterosDefender
19Pedro LópezDefender
22Gustavo Daniel CabralDefender
-BarkeroMidfielder
10IborraMidfielder
22Pedro BotelhoDefender
-Xavi TorresMidfielder
23ValdoMidfielder
9Arouna KoneStriker
-K. NavasGoalkeeper
3David NavarroDefender
-Javi VentaDefender
8FarinósMidfielder
-Rubén SuárezMidfielder
25Nabil El ZharMidfielder
-Abdel Kader GhezzalStriker
Players to Watch
Aritz Aduriz Zubeldia
Aritz Aduriz Zubeldia
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 20
Games Goals YC RC
31 16 8 2
The former Mallorca man will likely start from the beginning with Roberto Soldado out. He must take his chances this time out as he has seemingly wasted more chances than any other reserve striker in the league. Heavy pressure is on everyone, including the Spaniard, who has a chance to be a hero on Sunday.
Arouna Kone
Arouna Kone
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The African attacker has done a solid job creating this season and has double-digit goals. Los Che's defence has been close to horrific lately, so he will surely hope to kick them while they are down and lead the visitors to a victory, but a strike will surely be needed as the hosts aim to relieve the pressure of poor form.
Prediction
There is no other option for Valencia than to win this match. They must leave behind their poor performances and regain their form at Mestalla. With more quality in attack, it shouldn't be much of a problem, as long as the defence is alert.
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