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  • October 2, 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Estadio de Mestalla, Valencia
  • Referee: G. Rocchi
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Valencia - Lille Preview: The two sides look to bounce back from defeats on matchday 1

Valencia - Lille Preview: The two sides look to bounce back from defeats on matchday 1

Adil Rami y Roberto Soldado - Valencia

The pair have made similarly disappointing starts to their Champions League campaign and will hope to get back to winning ways on Tuesday night

  PROBABLE LINEUPS
VALENCIA

Guaita
 Pereira, Rami, Ruiz, Cissokho
 Feghouli, Costa, Gago, Viera
Jonas
 Soldado
LILLE

Landreau
Beria, Basa, Chedjou, Digne

Mendes, Pedretti, Mavuba, Gueye, Payet
Roux

Given the start both sides have made to their respective domestic campaigns, Tuesday night’s Group F clash does not exactly have the makings of a classic.

Inconsistency has been a regular dish on Valencia’s plate, with two wins, two draws and two defeats recorded in their opening six league games, leaving them in 10th position in the table.

Their fortunes in Europe have fared little better either, with a 2-1 defeat to Bayern Munich far from an ideal start to their Champions League adventure for Mauricio Pellegrino’s men.

In the away dressing room Rudi Garcia’s Lille side have considerable problems of their own.

Since beating Saint-Etienne in their first Ligue 1 encounter, Les Dogues have recorded just one more victory – a 2-0 win over FC Copenhagen which secured their place in the group stages of the competition.

Their 3-1 home defeat to BATE Borisov was arguably the biggest shock of the first round of fixtures and a 2-0 defeat to Rennes on Friday night leaves confidence in short supply ahead of their trip to Mestalla.

Garcia will make late checks on the fitness of attacking trio Salomon Kalou, Ronny Rodelin and Marvin Martin – who all missed the defeat to Rennes through injury – while Valencia will be without Ricardo Costa (calf strain), Jeremy Mathieu (Achilles), David Albelda (thigh), Sergio Canales (knee) and Pablo Piatti (arm).

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Valencia defeated Lille 3-1 in the last meeting between the two sides back in 2009, as the pair went head to head in the group stages of the Europa League.

  • Los Che have won all of their last seven home games against French opposition.

  • The clash will be Valencia’s 100thEuropean Cup game.

  • Lille’s biggest away win in Europe was a 5-1 victory over Slavia Praha back in 2010.

  • Les Dogues have picked up just seven points from their first seven Ligue 1 matches.

  • Lille’s only European trophy success came back in 2004 when the club lifted the Uefa Intertoto Cup.

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Available Squads
30GuaitaGoalkeeper
20Aly CissokhoDefender
19BarragánDefender
18Jose Andrés GuardadoMidfielder
18Víctor RuizDefender
-Carlos Javier Delgado RodríguezDefender
5Fernando GagoMidfielder
8Sofiane FeghouliMidfielder
24Tino CostaMidfielder
7JonasStriker
9Roberto SoldadoStriker
1Diego AlvesGoalkeeper
12João PereiraDefender
21ParejoMidfielder
-Cristian PortuguésStriker
30José GayaDefender
-Jonathan VieraStriker
18Haedo ValdézStriker
-Mickaël LandreauGoalkeeper
2Mathieu DebuchyDefender
18Franck BeriaDefender
21Aurélien Chedjou FongangDefender
25Marko BasaDefender
4Florent BalmontMidfielder
5Idrissa GueyeMidfielder
17Benoit PedrettiMidfielder
7Dimitri PayetStriker
11Ryan MendesStriker
26Nolan RouxStriker
16Steeve ElanaGoalkeeper
3Lucas DigneDefender
22David RozehnalDefender
15Djibril SidibéDefender
-De MeloStriker
-Gianni BrunoStriker
20R. RodelinStriker
Players to Watch
Roberto Soldado
Roberto Soldado
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

The 27-year-old’s reputation continues to go from strength to strength following his goalscoring exploits for Spain earlier in September. The Spaniard joined Valencia from Getafe in 2010 and already has 37 goals to his name in just 70 appearances for the club. His predatory instincts have seen him find the back of the net twice in the league already this campaign, though a run of four games without a goal will give Lille hope of keeping him quiet.

Rio Antonio Mavuba
Rio Antonio Mavuba
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 24
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0

After a summer of transfer speculation linking Mavuba with a move to several of Europe’s biggest sides, very few expected the midfielder to still be at the club come the end of the transfer window. In the end a move failed to materialise and he remains a vital cog in Lille's side and his industry and intelligence in breaking up opposition attacks will be vital as les Dogues look to kick-start their season in Spain.

Prediction
Valencia have a terrific record record against French opposition at Mestalla and with Lille bereft of confidence and Los Che picking up a 2-0 win on Saturday, a solid home victory could well be on the cards.
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