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Valencia Club de Fútbol (1) vs Racing de Santander (17)

Saturday 11/1 l 21:00 GMT





Renan Brito

Miguel ----- Albiol --- Alexis ----- Moretti

Albelda ----- Fernandes

Joaq/Pablo -------------------- M16/V14

Moro/Mata --- Villa


Bench Options: Marchena, del Horno, Edu, Baraja, Joaq/Pablo, Vicente/Morientes, Angulo, Zigic & Guaita.
 

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I predict we can grab a small win of 1-0 or 2-1.
 

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i was at this match (the pic) march 2007 vs celta vigo :)
 

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I predict we can grab a small win of 1-0 or 2-1.
That prediction is just as funny as that signature of yours, Fadi ;) :pp

Renan

Miguel ----- Albiol --- Alexis ----- Moretti

Albelda ----- Fernandes

Pablo ---------------------------- Mata

Morientes --- Villa​

Although I don't care which of Vicente or Morientes starts, I think it's wiser to start with an extra striker and get an early goal, which will make things a lot easier. Pablo after his performance last night deserves a start, and Joaquin and Vicente can come on in the second half as impact players.
 

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i think we can thrash them. maybe 3-0 or 4-1.
just checked the FIFPro team of the year, and there was no villa, goal.com didn't even pick villa. he didnt even come second, Zlatan did, and Torres was picked for the team, which i think wouldn't have happened if he didn't score against Germany.
Villa is better than Torres and Zlatan
 

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Lets just hope for a win here. Racing have caused us a lot of trouble in our last few encounters.

With regards to the line up, I think we should start with Mestalla's second one, if Pablo really did have a good game on Wednseday.
 

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Valencia coach Unai Emery has warned his players it would be dangerous to underestimate Racing Santander on Saturday despite the gulf between the two teams in the Primera Liga.

Four wins in their last five league matches have propelled Valencia to the top of the standings while they are also one of only two teams - the other being Villarreal - who have yet to be beaten in the competition.

Racing, on the other hand, have claimed just one win in eight attempts and are already 14 points off the pace set by Saturday's opponents.

That makes Valencia overwhelming favourites to take the spoils at Mestalla but Emery insists it is never as easy as it sounds.

"I'm on my guard ahead of the match with Racing,'' he said. "They are a team who have won here before.

"Remember what happened last season. Valencia were on the attack but Racing scored the goals which took the win (2-1).

"It will be a demanding match. Racing have their problems and have yet to find their way. But they will come here full of motivation.

"We will have to be alert and hope we can get the public behind us.''

Emery has also played down their flying start to the campaign, and has warned the jubilant fans the hard work begins now in trying to stay at the top of the standings.

"It will be a demanding month,'' he explained. "It's difficult to hold on to your place at the top of the table.

"The word `celebration' is not in our vocabulary. The public at Mestalla help us a great deal but it is important to keep that success going in away games.

"Hopefully we can keep our run going and continue sending messages to the public with our game. The team can join in the party later.''

Emery admits he is likely to make changes to the side which routed Hercules 5-1 in the Copa del Rey fourth round in midweek.

"Our idea is to use fresh legs with the idea of resting players between matches,'' he continued.

"It the same team plays on Wednesday and Sunday, the end product will not be the same.''

Long-term injury absentee David Silva remains sidelined for the hosts.

Racing's midweek cup performance was indicative of their season to date as they fell to a 2-1 loss against Segunda Division side Murcia.

And coach Juan Ramon Lopez Muniz is aware his players face another difficult match in Valencia.

"We're going to Mestalla to get three points and claim our second victory of the season,'' he said.

"But we know it won't be easy because our opponents are the current Primera Liga leaders who, along with Villarreal, remain unbeaten this season.''

Luis Fernandez, Oriol and Garay are set to miss out for Racing although Peter Luccin is available after his suspension in last weekend's 2-1 loss at Numancia.

- Soccernet
 

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Valencia will be expected to maintain their lead at the top of the table when they host a hapless Racing Santander on Saturday night...

Pace Setters

After the horrors of last season, there were not many who would have predicted that Valencia would be the team to beat this year. While no one expected them to sink to the depths of the previous campaign, a title challenge was almost equally unexpected. This Valencia team, however, plays as well on the pitch as it does on paper.

Valencia are one of only two clubs (the other being Villareal) yet to lose a game in the league this season. While they may not have scored as many goals as Barcelona or Real Madrid (although an impressive tally of 18 still leaves them in third position in that respect), the mere 5 goals that they have conceded go a long way towards their lofty position.

The Mestalla has always been one of the most intimidating Spanish stadiums to visit, and this season has been no different. With four wins out of four at home, Valencia have truly made their stadium a fortress. To make matters worse for the opposition, they are winning in style, with 12 goals at an average of 3 per game.

Cellar Dwellers

Racing Santander, by contrast, are in danger of being involved in a season long scrap to avoid the drop. Having qualified for the UEFA Cup last season, much was expected of the Cantabrian side, but like Valencia, their fortunes have travelled in the opposite direction. Unfortunately for them, it has been a downward spiral.

The main problem for Racing has been in attack, with a measly 5 goals to show from their eight games. While they have never been a side to score goals by the bucketload, their strike force this season has looked especially toothless, with an over reliance on an aging and often injured Pedro Munitis characteristic of a pathetic state of affairs.

If Racing fans are looking for crumbs of comfort ahead of a daunting away day, however, they can look to their record on their travels this season. It is nothing spectacular, but their only win came courtesy of a 1-0 defeat of Osasuna, while they also picked up an impressive point at the Nou Camp in a 1-1 draw with Barcelona. Having said that, those performances are more likely to represent the exception than the rule.

FORM GUIDE

Valencia

WON 4-1 vs Portugalete (A) (Copa Del Rey Round of 32, 29th October)

DREW 1-1 vs Recreativo (A) (La Liga Matchday 8, 26th October)

WON 4-0 vs Numancia (H) (La Liga Matchday 7, 19th October)

WON 1-0 vs Real Valladolid (A) (La Liga Matchday 6, 5th October)

WON 2-1 vs Maritimo (H) (UEFA Cup First Round, 2nd October)

Racing Santander

LOST 2-1 vs Murcia (A) (Copa Del Rey Round of 32, 29th October)

LOST 2-1 vs Numancia (A) (La Liga Matchday 8, 26th October)

LOST 1-0 vs FC Twente (A) (UEFA Cup Group Stage, 23rd October)

DREW 0-0 vs Deportivo La Coruna (H) (La Liga Matchday 7, 19th October)

WON 1-0 vs Osasuna (A) (La Liga Matchday 6, 5th October)

TEAM NEWS

Valencia

David Silva is out till around Christmas, while Curro Torres is the other long term injury concern. Given the opposition, Unai Emery might be tempted to rest some players, but he will be reluctant to change a winning combination.

Probable Starting XI - Renan - Miguel, Marchena, Albiol, Moretti - Joaquin, Fernandes, Albelda, Vicente - Mata, Villa

Racing Santander

Defebder Oriol is the only major injury concern. Oscar Serrano or Cristian may enter the starting line-up in an attempt to revive the attack.

Probable Starting XI - Coltorti - Valera, Sepsi, Garay, Luis Fernandez - Christian, Colsa, Luccin, Serrano - Munitis - Tchite

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Valencia

It may be the obvious choice, but David Villa is in lethal form, and Racing at the Mestalla will surely be lambs to the slaughter of the marksman. With 9 goals from 8 games, Villa is the joint Pichichi with Samuel Eto'o, and not many will be betting against him adding to his tally on Saturday.

Racing Santander

Peter Luccin is an old fashioned destroyer in midfield, and his talents will be desperately needed to stop David Villa and co. running amok. His from this season has been patchy, but this will have to be the game in which he turns it around if Racing are to gain anything from their trip.

PREDICTION

While Valencia's run cannot last forever, it will not be broken against Racing. Saturday's encounter is a total mismatch, and there is no reason to suggest that anything but a comprehensive Valencia win will be forthcoming.

Valencia 3-0 Racing Santander

- Arjun Miglani
 

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Porteros: Renan y Guaita.

Defensas: Miguel, Alexis, Albiol, Marchena y Moretti.

Centrocampistas: Albelda, Edu, Baraja, Fernandes, Pablo, Joaquín, Vicente y Mata.

Delanteros: Angulo, Morientes y Villa.
 

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Don't wanna pre-empt anything but i think our defence could have 1 of it's easier games this season, frigid attack Racing have.

Let's just hope we can break them a few times, devastating a draw would be.
 

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Did we beat em at home last season?
 

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----------renan--------------
miguel - alexis - albiol - moretti
------albelda - fernandes------
ximo ----- mata ------ vicente
------------villa--------------


confirmed lineup
 
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