Valencia host Leganes in ‘game of the weekend’November 3, 2017
Valencia host Leganes on Saturday lunchtime in what is arguably the game of the weekend.
Both sides have been in excellent form this season, despite many peoples opinion that both would struggle.
Valencia continued to defy the odds and sit second behind league leaders Barcelona; remaining unbeaten in ten league games – a record matched by Barca and Atletico Madrid.
Leganes, who have been the complete surprise sit seventh in the standings and lost for the first time in six games last weekend against Sevilla.
12.00 BST, Saturday 4th November, Mestella (Valencia, Spain), Sky Sports
Saturday’s game at the Mestalla is a big one for both sides, more so – Valencia, who could really strengthen their hold on second place and put pressure on Barca, who face Sevilla on Saturday evening.
LAST WEEKEND: Alaves 1-2 Valencia / Sevilla 2-1 Leganes
Last weekend, Los Che came up against a Alaves side who had vastly improved following their early season failures. A clever goal from Simone Zaza gave the visitors the lead just before half time, but his goal was ruled out by Alexis’ finish following a corner.
In-form striker Rodrigo stepped up to take a spot kick after an hour and gave Marcelino’s side another three points.
For Leganes, it was a tough evening in Sevilla last weekend as Wissam Ben Yedder chipped over Ivan Cuellar to put the Andalusian hosts in front.
Alexander Szymanowski levelled the scores, before Pablo Sarabia scored the winner on the 54th minute.
Marcelino has a full strength squad available for the visit of Leganes, whilst the visitors have keeper Jon Ander Serantes out and midfielder Omar missing. Ruben Perez is out through suspension.
Expected Starting Elevens:
Valencia: Neto; Montoya, Garay, Gabriel, Gaya; Pereira, Kondogbia, Soler, Guedes; Zaza, Rodrigo
Leganes: Cuellar; Zaldua, Santos, Siovas, Garcia; Amrabat, Brasanac, Pires, Szymanowski; Eraso; Beauvue