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  • December 18, 2011
  • • 20:30
  • • Estadio de Mestalla, Valencia
  • Referee: Ignacio Iglesias
  • • Attendance: 39000
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La Liga Preview: Valencia v Malaga

La Liga Preview: Valencia v Malaga

Unai Emery, Sofiane Feghouli - Valencia

After three straight games on the road, none of which resulted in victories, Unai Emery's men return to the Mestalla with the hope of getting back on track


PROBABLE LINEUPS


VALENCIA


Alves
Barragan, Rami, Ruiz, Alba
Albelda, Topal
Feghouli, Jonas
, Mathieu
Soldado

MALAGA


Caballero
Sanchez, Demichelis, Mathijsen, Monreal
 Toulalan, Duda
Cazorla, Isco
Fernandez, Rondon

Unai Emery will have to do without the services of Hedwiges Maduro and Sergio Canales, who have been out since October with knocks and are still recuperating. Miguel is not in the best standing with the club and may not feature for quite awhile after arriving to practice late on Sunday and failing to meet with his coach.

Ever Banega, who had missed more than a month with a knee injury, returned to action as a substitute in the 0-0 draw with Cadiz midweek in the Copa del Rey, and is likely to feature against Malaga, but not from the start.

On the suspension front, Tino Costa will miss the game due to yellow card accumulation, but he is also injured and wouldn't have played anyways, as he will sit out the rest of 2011 with an abductor injury.

For Malaga, Julio Baptista was only expected to miss a few weeks after being injured on October 1, but the former Real Madrid man is set to miss two months after his slow recovery revealed a fragment of bone that needs to be removed from his right foot.


  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Valencia sit in third place in La Liga with 30 points, seven behind co-leaders Real Madrid and Barcelona. 
  • Unai Emery's side, who will face Stoke City in the Europa League Round of 32, have not tasted victory in their last three games in all competitions, losing two and drawing one.
  • Star striker Roberto Soldado has 14 goals on the season, nine in the league and five in the Champions League, but only once this term has he scored on the road, netting the winner in a 1-0 victory over Sporting Gijon in mid-September.
  • Malaga occupy sixth place in the league with 24 points.
  • The last time the southern club visited Mestalla, they ended up on the wrong side of a thrilling 4-3 contest, with Aritz Aduriz scoring in the 90th minute to secure the victory for Los Che.
  • Malaga winger Joaquin played for Valencia from 2006-2011, winning the Copa del Rey in 2007-08.

Players to watch

Jonas

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Relatively quiet as of late, Valencia fans are waiting for the Brazilian to regain his fine form of scoring goals and setting up teammates. He will be needed on Sunday against a dangerous Malaga side as the home team look to get back on track.

M. Demichelis

Position: Defender

Games: 0

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Always a liability in defence, the Argentine at times looks like a solid defender and other times like an inexperienced reserve. Against Roberto Soldado, the former Bayern Munich man will need to be at his best.

Editor's Prediction

Always better at home, Valencia should create enough chances in attack to see off the visitors and earn their first victory since December 3.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Valencia

Málaga

Wins
3
1
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Valencia Club de Fútbol VAL
Valencia Club de Fútbol Valencia
Draw
Málaga Club de Fútbol MAL
Málaga Club de Fútbol Málaga
81%

Top 3 Predictions

Valencia Club de Fútbol VAL
2 - 0
Málaga Club de Fútbol MAL
Valencia Club de Fútbol VAL
2 - 1
Málaga Club de Fútbol MAL
Valencia Club de Fútbol VAL
3 - 1
Málaga Club de Fútbol MAL

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