Sevilla vs Valencia: Race for top four hits dramatic heights as fifth plays fourthMarch 9, 2018
Having assured the eight point gap over fifth place Sevilla with a 2-0 win over Real Betis last Sunday, Valencia travel to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in great confidence.
Vincenzo Montella’s Sevilla faces a huge test as they attempt to juggle this season’s Champions League hopes with next.
Sevilla are undefeated in 24 of their last 26 home games in La Liga and despite conceding five goals on two occasions this season, Sevilla have got over their bad start.
Along with qualifying for the Copa Del Rey final and the second leg Champions League last 16 trip to Manchester United all to contend with, Los Rojiblancos are in a fragile position where europhia and heart-break go hand in hand.
Although four wins from their last five puts them in good stead against a Valencia side who are now unbeaten in their last five La Liga outings.
Not only do the visitors arrive off the back of a big victory over in form Betis but Marcelino’s men have accumulated 13 points from a possible 15.
The hosts remain without Sebastian Corchia and Jesus Navas who are yet to return from their minor injury problems.
While Gabriel Mercado is expected to be preferred over Simon Kjaer at centre-back as Montella looks for a side he can trust.
Marcelino has problems of his own, Santi Mina a doubt following the injury he sustained against Real Betis last weekend.
However Simone Zaza found the net in that game and will be leading the line alongside Rodrigo as for Ruben Vezo, he is set to be preferred at right-back instead of Martin Montoya.
Kickoff: Saturday March 10th 15:15 GMT
Sevilla: Rico, Escudero, Mercado, Lenglet, Layun, Banega, N’Zonzi, Vazquez, Correa Sarabia and Muriel.
Valencia: Neto, Gaya, Murillo, Paulista, Vezo, Guedes, Parejo, Konodogbia, Soler, Zaza and Moreno