Fans will be hoping for a great game despite the fact that both teams have to deal with a growing list of unfit players. Bruno, Barragan and Jordi Alba are all doubtful for Valencia. Sergio Canales, Miguel, Paco Alcacer, Maduro and Ever Banega are definitely out.
Meanwhile, Sevilla will be without Diego Perotti but the coach will be hoping to have Frederic Kanoute, Luna and Reyes fit in time for the encounter. Should Kanoute and Reyes miss the trip, new manager Michel may opt for a defensive approach against Valencia.
Sevilla will try to make life very difficult for Valencia as if losing 5-1 to Barcelona isn’t miserable enough. This weekend’s visitors at the Mestalla are going into the game with hope and confidence following their 2-0 win over Osasuna.
However, Los Che will try to build on their latest home game result (a 4-0 triumph over Sporting Gijon) and defeat Sevilla. The latter’s away record is extremely poor. There has been no victory for Sevilla in 10 of their last 11 matches away from home.
Valencia’s last 3 matches:
February 5, 2012: Atletico Madrid 0-0 Valencia
February 12, 2012: Valencia 4-0 Sporting Gijon
February 19, 2012: Barcelona 5-1 Valencia
Sevilla’s last 3 matches:
February 5, 2012: Sevilla 1-2 Villarreal
February 13, 2012: Real Sociedad 2-0 Sevilla
February 18, 2012: Sevilla 2-0 Osasuna
January 31, 2010: Sevilla 2-1 Valencia
November 8, 2010: Sevilla 2-0 Valencia
March 20, 2011: Valencia 0-1 Sevilla
September 24, 2011: Sevilla 1-0 Valencia
It’s a tough one to call. May the best team on the pitch win.