After playing out a 2-2 draw earlier in the season, both clubs target a win in the rivalry match on Saturday as they desperately need points to fulfill their season objectives
Barragan, Rami, R. Costa, Jordi Alba
Tino Costa, Albelda
Hernandez, Jonas, Piatti
Mario, Zapata, Musacchio, Costa
Perez, Valero, Cani
For Valencia, Ever Banega and Sergio Canales are unavailable as the pair will miss the rest of the season. On Thursday, Roberto Soldado and Jeremy Mathieu did not train, with the French defender reportedly out for the remained of the campaign.
The striker may still play on Saturday as he has not been ruled out, but a shoulder injury has been causing him plenty of pain.
For Villarreal, Guiseppe Rossi will be sidelined for another six months after suffering yet another knee injury, while Carlos Marchena will miss the game due to yellow card accumulation. Marcos Senna has minor a knock, but will be fit in time for the match against Valencia.
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- Valencia defeated Osasuna 4-0 at home on Wednesday to jump three points clear of Malaga in the race for third place in La Liga.
- A win for Los Che and a loss or draw by the Andalusians will see Unai Emery's men clinch automatic qualification for the Champions League group stage. Manuel Pellegrini's men travel to face Atletico Madrid.
- In their last victory the hosts on Saturday scored all of their goals in the final 14 minutes.
- Villarreal are in 16th place in the league with 41 points, four above the relegation zone.
- A win will secure a spot in the top flight for the Yellow Submarine, who have not lost in their last five La Liga games.
- The visitors have scored only 13 goals on the road in league play, compared to 26 at home.