Valencia are coming off of a weekend defeat to Real Sociedad well rested, with several players returning back to the lineup from the bench. Jordi Alba, Victor Ruiz and Jonas are all coming back to action after being rested for the Sociedad game this past weekend. There are some players that are going to miss the game though, including Miguel (who is out because of a hamstring injury), and Paco Alcacer who got injured in a B-team game. The captain David Albelda is questionable as well, suffering from flu-like symptoms.
Levante are not without their own injury troubles either. The Cape Verdean Valdo will not be available at midfield for up to four weeks due to a hamstring injury, and of course Juanlu is still out of action and on the sidelines as well. Leading the Levante defense will be Nano and Sergio Ballesteros. Nano just agreed to sign with the Chinese team Guizho Renhe earlier this week.
Valencia are coming off of a three game winless streak, and Levante are attempting to reestablish themselves after a league loss to Athletic Bilbao with a score of three to nil. Even though they lost their last game, Los Che had won their previous five matches by scoring sixteen goals and only allowing one. Levante has not beaten Valencia in five games, a streak that started in January 2008 and they have not won their past seven away games.
Only four points separate Levante from Valencia in La Liga’s standings. Even though some say Levante’s momentum is slowing and Valencia’s is gaining, the match should prove to be an engaging one as Derby’s rarely disappoint in the entertainment factor. The winner will go on to face the victor of the Real Madrid and Barcelona matchup.