Valencia will look to get the three precious points they need to survive in La Liga when they host Sevilla at the Mestalla Stadium on Sunday at 19:00 GMT.
Sevilla, who are mired at 13th on the table, will look to regain some of their form and composure to get the points they need to climb the table towards top half of the table and away from relegation worries.
Valencia, who are 17, just above the relegation zone on goal difference, will seek to get every point they can to survive, beginning with the home clash against Sevilla.
Valencia’s Chances of Survival
Valencia are facing real danger of relegation. They are currently 17th on the table ahead of their clash against 18th-placed Almeria.
However, they have won two times and drawn once in their last five outings, whilst losing twice in this run.
This run has shown some signs of fight from the Mestalla side and they will look to carry this aggression and fight into the clash with Sevilla on Sunday.
Sevilla’s Bid to Get into the Top Half of the La Liga Table
Sevilla have been underwhelming this season. Although they are in the quarterfinals of the Europa League against Manchester United, their league position underscores their underperformance and inconsistency this season.
Sevilla will need to be at their ball-playing and attacking best to win away to Valencia. They will need the three points to allow them to climb the table, and most importantly move clear of relegation worries at the business end of the season.
Goalkeeper Jaume Domenech is suspended and will be unavailable for selection until June 30, 2023.
Apart from Domenech, Voro will have the full complement of his squad when he chooses the matchday squad that will face the visitors to the Mestalla on Sunday, Sevilla.
José Luis Mendilibar faces a few absentees for the trip to the Mestalla.
Left-backs Marcos Acuna and Alex Telles are suspended. The two fullbacks have been out of selection since April 8, 2023, and they are expected to be available to the gaffer by April 18, 2023. This means that both players will be unavailable for selection in the clash against Valencia.
Other players unavailable for section include Pape Gueye (suspension) until June 1, 2023, and right winger Tecatito (eligibility0 until June 1, 2023.
Mendilibar will have to come up with a formation and a team selection to overcome the gaps left by these players while retaining the robustness of the team and its ability to win away at the Mestalla.
G. Mamardashvili; J. Gaya, C. Ozkacar, M. Diakhaby, D. Foulquier; S. Lino, N. Gonzalez, A. Almeria, Samu Castillejo; J. Kluivert, H. Duro
S. Dminitrovic; J. Navas, L. Bade, N. Gudelj, G. Montiel; Oliver Torres, Fernando; Suso, E. Lamela, B. Gil; Y. En-Nesyri
Valencia will prioritize solidity in this game. Playing at home, they will leverage the home support to win every tackle and challenge they are involved in in this match.
They will defend deep and invite pressure onto themselves. This will pose a challenge of playing on the back foot. However, it will also offer them a chance to attack on the counter and create better chances to get a goal.
Sevilla will be aware of the danger posed by Valencia on the counter. However, they will look to control the game and dominate possession.
They will push Valencia back and look to create chances through quick passing down the middle or out in wide areas.
Buoyed and egged on by the home support, Valencia will pull off a win here and take the three wins they need to bolster their chances of staying in the league.
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