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UEFA Europa League

  • March 8, 2012
  • • 20:05
  • • Estadio de Mestalla, Valencia
  • Referee: M. Gräfe
  • • Attendance: 25495

Valencia - PSV Preview: Los Che aiming for last eight berth as visitors look to recover from Twente trouncing

Valencia - PSV Preview: Los Che aiming for last eight berth as visitors look to recover from Twente trouncing

Roberto Soldado - Valencia

Coming off an embarrassing defeat, the visitors aim to get back on track against Unai Emery's men as the Europa League continues



Bruno, Rami, Ruiz, Mathieu
Topal, T. Costa
Feghouli, Jonas, Jordi Alba

Manolev, Marcelo, Bouma, Pieters
Wijnaldum, Strootman
Labyad, Toivonen, Mertens

Unai Emery's team are still without Ever Banega, Sergio Canales and Hedwiges Maduro, who are all recovering from long-term injuries.

Right-back Miguel will also miss the match after picking up an knock against Barcelona last month, with Bruno taking his place.

For the Dutch side, defender Erik Pieters, who missed around four months with a fractured foot, will likely return to the starting XI at the expense of Jetro Willems. The Dutch international returned to action as a substitute at the weekend and appears to have reached full fitness.

No other serious injuries look to impact PSV ahead of Thursday's game.

  • Valencia are in the round of 16 after being eliminated in the group stage of the Champions League, before defeating Stoke City in the round of 32.
  • The hosts are coming off a victory over the weekend against Granada, where Sofiane Feghouli scored the winner in the first half.
  • The two teams met at the turn of the millennium in the Champions League group stage, with a 1-1 draw and a 2-0 win to Valencia the results. Current PSV defender Wilfred Bouma and Los Che veteran David Albelda were both on their respective team at that time.
  • PSV lost 6-2 to Eredivisie title rivals Twente at the weekend. 
  • The Dutch lost to Valencia in a friendly in July 2011, where goals from Pablo Piatti and Aritz Aduriz earned Unai Emery's side a 2-0 victory.
  • Both sides have a Uefa Cup title to their names, with PSV having won the competition in 1978, while Valencia triumphed in 2004.

Players to watch

S. Feghouli

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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Consistency has been an issue for the France-born winger, but after a solid display on Sunday against Granada, Los Che need the young starlet to show his worth if they hope to end the first leg with an advantage.

W. Bouma

Position: Defender

Games: 0

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The physical veteran will have his hands full with Roberto Soldado, who always seems to perform better at Mestalla. Being attentive on the ground and in the air will be key, as will be repelling the scores of crosses from the wings.

Editor's Prediction

The Dutch defence will find it tough to contain the quick Valencia wingers and the guile of Roberto Soldado, as Unai Emery's men aim to finish Thursday with one foot in the quarter-finals.

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