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  • May 2, 2012
  • • 21:00
  • • Estadio de Mestalla, Valencia
  • Referee: José Luis González González
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Valencia - Osasuna Preview: Los Che seek to keep Malaga at bay in battle for third place

Valencia - Osasuna Preview: Los Che seek to keep Malaga at bay in battle for third place

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Los Che will be looking for the three points to solidify their grip on third place while Osasuna will continue to attempt to reach Europa League qualification

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

VALENCIA

Guaita
Barragan, Rami, R. Costa, Jordi Alba
Tino Costa, Albelda
Hernandez, Piatti, Jonas
Soldado
OSASUNA

Fernandez
Beltran, Roversio, Lolo, Damia
Timor, Nekounam, Punal,Cejudo
Lekic, Nino

Valencia are currently plagued by injury problems as Ever Banega and Sergio Canales are sidelined for the rest of the season, and the team will most likely have to make due without Jeremy Mathieu, who is a doubt due to a knee issue.

It's not all bad news for the home side who will welcome back David Albelda from a one game suspension. The veteran will most likely start in the midfield while Jonas should slot into Mathieu's position on the left.

Osasuna as they will be without Sergio Fernandez, Kike Sola, Masoud Shojaei and Jon Echaide who are out with injuries. Miguel Flano is a doubt for Wednesday's match and his fitness will be re-evaluated before the start of the game.


  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Valencia have outscored Osasuna 13-8 in ten games since 2007.
  • Los Che have not defeated their the opponents from Pamplona in their last three attempts, mustering two draws and a loss.
  • The home side have been defeated in four out of their last five games in all competitions. Their solitary victory was a 4-0 thrashing of Betis.
  • Osasuna have only managed three wins in their last 10 games. During this dry run, they have scored 10 times and conceded 16 goals.
  • The Basque side have played in European competition since 2007, when they reached the Uefa Cup final. They were eliminated in the semi-finals by eventual champions Sevilla.
  • Osasuna have the worst away record of any side in the top half of La Liga.

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Available Squads
13GuaitaGoalkeeper
4Adil RamiDefender
19BarragánDefender
18Jordi AlbaDefender
20Ricardo CostaDefender
22Jérémy MathieuDefender
-AlbeldaMidfielder
11Pablo HernándezMidfielder
24Tino CostaMidfielder
7JonasStriker
9Roberto SoldadoStriker
1Diego AlvesGoalkeeper
5Víctor RuizDefender
8Hedwiges MaduroMidfielder
5Mehmet TopalMidfielder
21ParejoMidfielder
20Aritz Aduriz ZubeldiaStriker
17Pablo PiattiStriker
13Andrés FernándezGoalkeeper
2Marc BertránDefender
5Manuel Ortiz ToribioMidfielder
-RoversioDefender
24DamiàDefender
6Javad NekounamMidfielder
10Patxi PuñalMidfielder
8Raúl GarcíaMidfielder
-Dejan LekicStriker
7NinoStriker
14Roland LamahMidfielder
1Asier RiesgoGoalkeeper
-RubénDefender
27Jukka RaitalaDefender
16Álvaro CejudoMidfielder
33TimorMidfielder
23Raoul Cédric LoeMidfielder
-IbrahimaStriker
Players to Watch
Pablo Piatti
Pablo Piatti
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 17
Games Goals YC RC
17 5 3 0
Pablo Piatti failed to influence the game the last time he faced Malaga and as a result Valencia failed to deliver in the final third. The Argentine will need to offer greater support to whoever leads the line for the hosts, and could prove pivotal in finding a way through.
Roversio
Roversio
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Roversio will have to face the challenge of Roberto Soldado, who has netted the majority of his goals at Mestalla. The defender will have to remain alert to the striker's movement and marshall his defence well if his side are to take anything from the match.
Prediction
With Valencia still struggling to rediscover their form, Unai Emery could come under more scrutiny when Osasuna, who are still challenging for European football next season, travel to Mestalla. The visitors could take an invaluable point with them, leaving Los Che looking over their shoulders as they aim to hang onto that last automatic Champions League spot.
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