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March 11, 2012 3:00 PM GMT
Estadio de Mestalla — Valencia
Referee:‬ César Muñiz‎
Attendance:‬ 39000‎

Valencia - Mallorca Preview: Unai Emery's side look to tighten their hold on coveted third spot in La Liga

Los Che will be out for revenge as Joaquin Caparros' side's last trip to the Mestalla saw a 2-1 away victory for the visitors

By Martin Macdonald

UEFA Europa League, Valencia - PSV



Diego Alves
Bruno, Ruiz, Rami, Mathieu 
Albelda, Tino Costa
Pablo, Jonas, Alba


Chico, Nunes, Ramis, P.Caceres
Marti, Tejera
Nsue, Alfaro, Castro

Unai Emery has a few selection issues for for the match against Mallorca on Sunday afternoon. Jeremy Mathieu, Victor Ruiz, and Adil Rami have all shook off minor injuries and all are in contention to start the match. Miguel is doubtful after picking up a knock against Barcelona last month, from which he is still recovering.

The only long-term absentees for Valencia is Sergio Canales, who has returned to light training after his ligament injury, and Ever Banega, who will miss six months of the season after breaking his leg in a freak car accident. Hedwiges Maduro is also out of action for the foreseeable future.

Joaquin Caparros has a number of first-team players doubtful for the La Liga encounter. Michael Pereira, Dudu Aouate, and Victor Caceres only participated in light training on Thursday, so it is touch and go whether they will feature.

Fernando Tissone is unlikely to be available after missing training this week with an ankle injury.

  • The last encounter between Valencia and Mallorca saw a late Tomer Hemed strike cancel out Adil Rami's first half goal which shared the points in a 1-1 draw.
  • Valencia are in pole position to progress to the quarter-finals of the Europa League after defeating PSV 4-2 in the first leg of the side's round of 16 clash on Thursday.
  • Unai Emery's side currently lie in third place in the Primera Division, five points ahead of Levante, but trail Barcelona in second place by 14 points.
  • Mallorca's last trip to the Mestalla proved to be a fruitful visit. Two Chory Castro goals helped the Islanders to a vital 2-1 away victory.
  • Mallorca's two top goalscorers this season are Tomer Hemed and Victor Casedesus, with six goals each.
  • Joaquin Caparros' side have scored 14 goals less than Valencia in the league this season, but have conceded just one less, giving them the best goal difference in the bottom half of the table.

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Available Squads
18Jordi AlbaDefender
4Adil RamiDefender
8Sofiane FeghouliMidfielder
24Tino CostaMidfielder
9Roberto SoldadoStriker
20Aritz Aduriz ZubeldiaStriker
1Diego AlvesGoalkeeper
22Jérémy MathieuDefender
14Juan BernatMidfielder
5Mehmet TopalMidfielder
17Pablo PiattiStriker
13Dudú AouateGoalkeeper
21Iván RamisDefender
33Pablo CáceresDefender
7Michael PereiraMidfielder
19Josep Lluis MartíMidfielder
-Sergio TejeraMidfielder
1Juan Calatayud SánchezGoalkeeper
-Martí CrespíDefender
-Pablo CendrósDefender
18Chory CastroMidfielder
10Tomer HemedStriker
Players to Watch
Roberto Soldado
Roberto Soldado
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
12 games in 22 games this season so far for the Valencia striker, who is without a doubt the most potent threat of the home side. Mallorca must keep a close eye on his movement and clever runs inside the box, or else he latch on to chances and likely hurt this visitors.
Chory Castro
Chory Castro
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 18
Games Goals YC RC
19 2 1 0
The Uruguayan has been one of the most important players for Mallorca this season and tops the assist chart of his side with six so far this campaign. If the visitors are to get anything out of the match at the Mestalla, the winger will need to create play in the final third and try and get in the game as much as possible.
Mallorca won on their last trip to the Mestalla but Valencia are a more impressive outfit this season. The star players in attack for hosts may be too much too handle for Joaquin Caparros' side, so expect Valencia to create a lot of opportunities in attack. A comfortable home victory is the most likely scenario.
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C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
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28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Atl. Madrid
26 4
Messi Messi
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
17 0