Valencia will be hoping to turn their fortunes around and deliver a first home win of the season to their fans as they welcome Girona, a side sat three places above them in the table and coming off a win last time out.
November 3rd, 2018 – Mestalla Stadium – 17:30 GMT
The away side ended a five-game winless run after a 2-1 victory last weekend whilst the Bats have drawn a staggering 80% of their games this season. Valencia have shared the spoils more times this season than they did during the whole of last season.
An under-firing attack including Spanish international Rodrigo Moreno face the Blanquivermell who have managed a clean sheet in the last two of their four away games. The 29-year old has failed to find the net since matchday 1.
The hosts did come from behind in midweek in the Copa del Rey to beat Ebro 2-1 and will be hoping that is the starting point in returning to winning ways. Santi Mina’s brace could see him in contention to start from the off this weekend.
The Catalan side look to be without key players for their visit to the south of Spain with defenders Juanpe and Johan Mojica ruled out with a hip and knee injuries respectively; midfielders Aday (knee) and Portu also out with the latter limping off with a thigh injury after scoring twice to help his team beat Rayo while striker Anthony Lozano is suspended.
Alex Granell and Douglas Luiz both are injury doubts with muscle injuries while Cristian Stuani continues to struggle with a groin problem.
Valencia will give late fitness calls to captain Daniel Parejo who is suffering from abdominal strain whilst wingers Denis Cheryshev (calf) and Goncalo Guedes (knee) are also set for a race against the clock to make the game.
Valencia: Neto; Vezo, Garay, Gabriel, Gaya; Soler, Coquelin, Kondogbia, Ferran Torres; Rodrigo, Santi Mina
Girona: Bounou; Porro, Ramalho, Espinosa, Alcala, Planas; Garcia, Pere, Aleix Garcia; Roberts, Doumbia