Valencia – Granada: Andalusians face sternest test to date at the Mestalla

La Liga Week 7
Saturday October 1, 2011 (19.00 UK)

Estadio Mestalla, Valencia

Home side Valencia will be looking to get back to winning ways against La Liga newcomers Granada on Saturday following defeat at Sevilla a week earlier.

Unai Emery’s men will remain close to full-strength after coming through their Champions League tie against Chelsea unscathed, with Mehmet Topal the only player unavailable through injury and Aritz Aduriz suspended following his red card at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

The Valencia boss also has a selection headache in goal after Diego Alves’ show-stealing performance against Chelsea and Vicente Guaita hardly deserving to be dropped. Regarding the goalkeepers, Emery refused to make a decision before he had to. He said: “Alves is a great goalkeeper, but I also have great confidence in Guaita. For me, it is most important that we have good cover and competition in goal, which is ultimately a benefit to the team.”

Granada on the other hand have many players who could potentially miss out on the visit to the Mestalla. Guilherme Siqueira, Carlos Martins and Fran Rico may be able to play some part, whilst Dani Benitez, Franco Jara and Moises look less likely.

Added to those struggling for fitness, Fabri Gonzalez will definitely be without Jose Juan and David Cortes.

Valencia (4-2-3-1): Guaita; Barragan, Rami, Ruiz, Mathieu; Banega, Parejo; Pablo, Canales, Jonas; Soldado
League form: Last five home W-D-W-W-D

Granada (4-2-3-1): Roberto; Nyom, Lucena, Mainz, Ribeiro; Yebda, Moises; Mollo, Geijo, Romero; Ighalo
League form: Last five away D-L-D-L-L

Did you know…Since being reformed as Granada CF, the Andalusian’s have never met Valencia.

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