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Marcelino reiterates belief that goals and wins will come for Valencia

Marcelino reiterates belief that goals and wins will come for Valencia

Valencia boss Marcelino has said that he believes goals and wins will come for his side after a poor start to the season.

Los Che 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.

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.

And, boss Marcelino has tried to spur on some belief during his pre-match press conference.

“We know it is a match that we need to win, we need patience, we can find ourselves in a situation where the stands can be impatient, but we ask them to continue believing in these players and supporting.

“These players have not forgotten to play, these players have a goal, the team competes, works and strives in all the matches.

“It is paradoxical to have tied so much, does not have a logical explanation, but we are very close to winning, in the vast majority of matches we were. We face the game with the challenge of winning, and try to make the public, which is very important, also help the players to achieve the first victory at the Mestalla.”

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.