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I think Racing are tiring, lost 3-1 at home to Depor yesterday.

So, going by that i think we can win.

But Villa is out again, so it's unlikely.

But big game!

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Racing will win. Much more organized team.

2-0 Racing.
 

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Kick Racings ass :thmbup:
 

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we dont seem capable of beating any1 right now and racing are miles ahead of us at the moment. Its a must win game
 

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Tough game, minus Villa we will struggle. Plus our balls shrink when we play infront of the fans.
 

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i just want this season to be over, its such a nightmare. We have to stay up, imagine moving into the new stadium in the segunda. dont know how they plan to fill it with the continued rubbish effert that valencia show
 

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LCF you ****ing idiot

We're losing.
 

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exactly right, this team has showed absolutely no character this season at all. Most of them dont even seem to care
 

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I really fear relegation. If only we hadn't dropped so many easy points. I'm hoping for a point in this one. If we draw, I'll breathe a huge sigh of relief.
 

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I'm sure we'll be fine, 6 points is still a hefty gap, and dare i say it we have kinda an easy run in.

But we do go to Nou Camp, but we'll see how the table is after the Racing game to judge how bad it could be.
 

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We have to win this game, anything other than a win puts alot of pressure on us for the rest of the season. a win here should all but guarentee that we stay up
 

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La Liga Preview: Valencia - Racing Santander
Who: Valencia (14th, 39 pts.) vs. Racing Santander (5th, 50pts)
When: Saturday, 12th April 2008, 20:00 CET
Where: Mestalla, Valencia





Both Valencia and Racing Santander come into Saturday's clash at the Mestalla on the back of defeats last weekend and desperate to obtain the three points this time around.

Los Che succumbed to a 1-0 defeat away to second bottom Real Murcia in Round 31, while Racing surprisingly lost 3-1 at home to Deportivo.

Racing came out on top when the two sides met at El Sardinero earlier in the season, with a second half strike from Jorge Lopez enough to give them a 1-0 victory.

Problems Abound

After briefly threatening to put together a run at the top six, Valencia have slipped back into the mire over the last month or so, winning just one of their last seven La Liga games, a run of results that sees them sit just six points above the relegation places.

Ronald Koeman's side have failed to keep a clean sheet in six, and the goals have also dried up in the last couple of weeks, although that has coincided with David Villa's absence through injury, with the highly-rated striker set to return this weekend.

Koeman has tried to implement a classic Dutch style of playing football, emphasising short passing football and patience in possession, but this has too often left them with a lot of the ball without any killer edge in the attacking third.

When they have managed to score goals, their opponents have invariably scored one more, and the whole team looks low on confidence as Koeman continues to tweak his formation to find an even balance between attack and defence.

The only thing keeping Valencia's season together is their Copa del Rey run, but if they were to lose the final of that competition against Getafe next week, having also failed to get a result against Racing on Saturday, then it could be a nervous end of the season for the club that lifted the La Liga trophy just four seasons ago.

Still In There

Racing fell three points behind fourth placed Atlético Madrid following their respective results last weekend, but having won five of their six games in the run-up to the Depor defeat, coach Marcelino will still be hopeful of challenging for a Champions League place between now and the end of the campaign.

After a slight wobble in the middle of the season, Racing are looking like an excellent team once more, with the return to action of the experienced and highly-influential Pedro Munitis having galvanised the side to achieve something great.

In spite of the absence of Ezequiel Garay – something they are likely to have to get used to next season – Racing's defence had been incredibly solid until last weekend, keeping six clean sheets in seven games, and Marcelino will hope to use this as a base for success in their remaining matches.

Marcelino has already shown himself to be an ambitious manager, having jumped ship from Recreativo to join Racing, and with media reports suggesting that he has agreed to take over at Sevilla next season, he will be looking to end his time at El Sardinero on a high.

A top six finish is theirs to lose, but with Atlético having endured patchy form for much of the season, there could still be a chance for Racing to force their way into the top four and cap off an incredible season in style.


FORM

Valencia

Recent Matches
Match Result Date Championship
Murcia - Valencia 1 - 0 06/04/2008 LA LIGA
Valencia - Mallorca 0 - 3 30/03/2008 LA LIGA
Real Madrid - Valencia 2 - 3 23/03/2008 LA LIGA
Valencia - Barcelona 3 - 2 20/03/2008 COPA DEL REY
Valencia - Sevilla 1 - 2 15/03/2008 LA LIGA
Valencia - Deportivo 2 - 2 09/03/2008 LA LIGA

Racing Santander

Recent Matches
Match Result Date Championship
Racing - Deportivo 1 - 3 06/04/2008 LA LIGA
Espanyol - Racing 0 - 3 30/03/2008 LA LIGA
Racing - Recreativo 2 - 0 23/03/2008 LA LIGA
Racing - Getafe 1 - 1 19/03/2008 COPA DEL REY
Getafe - Racing 2 - 1 16/03/2008 LA LIGA
Racing - Betis 3 - 0 09/03/2008 LA LIGA

TEAM NEWS

Valencia

Koeman is without his compatriot Hedwiges Maduro, who definitely misses out through injury, and is also likely to miss the Copa final next week, while David Villa, Vicente and Mata are all doubtful, but have been named in his initial twenty-one man squad.

Probable Starting XI: Hildebrand, Miguel, Marchena, Albiol, Moretti, Banega, Baraja, Joaquin, Silva, Mata, Morientes.

Racing Santander

Racing coach Marcelino welcomes back Jose Moraton from suspension, although Oriol Lozano will probably keep his place alongside Cesar Navas in central defence.

Any hopes of influential defender Ezequiel Garay returning before the end of the season were dashed earlier this week, although Jordi Lopez and Damian Ismodes could both be back in action in the next couple of weeks.

Probable Starting XI: Tono, Pinillos, Navas, Oriol, Ayoze, Oscar Serrano, Duscher, Colsa, Jorge Lopez, Munitis, Tchite.

PREDICTION

Valencia have been in turmoil in recent weeks and with much of their focus likely to be on their upcoming Copa del Rey final with Getafe, Racing have a great chance of getting their top four challenge back on track. They will look to unsettle the home team from the off and if they can get an early goal, then Racing would be a good bet for all three points.

Valencia 1-2 Racing Santander

goal.com always seem to get our predcitions wrong, so hope we win, plus villa is in the squad, and can come on as a sub, as you already know.
 

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I think we should rest everyone for this one, that way we'll be super fresh while Getafe would be suffering from fatigue and a broken heart :sweeteye:

Guys like Arizmendi, Caneira, Helguera, Edu etc should definitely start and Vicente, Zigic and Alexis should also be given minutes.
 

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If Vicente plays today he'll shine, I'm sure of it.

But he'll get injured for another month.
 

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If he's going to get injured anyway, then fcuk it we should play the hell out of the bastard.

We need to keep our key starters against Getafe out of this one just to play it safe. None of Banega, Albiol, Mata, Joaquin and Villa should start.
 

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Joaquin's a headless chicken:pp

Imagine Arizmendi scoring a wonder goal. Our defense will be woeful as usual today.
 
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